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Waiver Wired: Pick up DeBrusk

by Corey Abbott

Dylan Strome’s ownership in Yahoo leagues increased from 17% last week when he appeared on Waiver Wired to 32%. Danton Heinen also saw a dramatic increase in waiver activity. He went from being owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues a week ago to 22%.

 

 

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Justin Schultz (PIT) - D - Owned in 28% of Yahoo leagues

 

Schultz returned from a 48-game absence on Saturday after recovering from a broken leg. He picked up an assist, one blocked shot and one hit in 17:12 of ice time against Calgary in a 5-4 loss. Schultz has been limited to just five appearances this season, but he has generated five assists. He has four helpers at even strength and often sees playing time when the Penguins have the Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin line on the ice. Schultz is worth picking up if he’s available as he has plenty of upside for the rest of the season.

 

Paul Stastny (VGK) - C - Owned in 25% of Yahoo leagues

 

Stastny has been productive for the Golden Knights this season with 24 points in 30 contests. He has accounted for 13 points, including 11 assists, in the last 13 games. Stastny ended a 10-game goalless drought on Thursday against Toronto and stretched his point streak to three straight games on Saturday. He hasn’t been piling up goals for a while now, but he has been a reliable source of offense for Vegas, while centering the second line.

 

Brock Nelson (NYI) - C, LW - Owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues

 

Nelson has been running hot and cold of late following a strong start to the season, but he is still on pace for the best offensive showing of his NHL career. He scored a goal in Saturday’s game against Edmonton to end a three-game pointless skid. Nelson has generated two goals and six points in the past eight matches. He has 18 goals and 37 points through 58 contests this year, which puts him one point behind Anders Lee for third in scoring on the team.

 

Jake DeBrusk (BOS) - LW, RW - Owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues

 

DeBrusk has received an elevated role with David Pastrnak out of the lineup due a thumb injury. He has been seeing time on the top power-play unit, which has given him exposure to Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. DeBrusk has three goals and three assists over a three-game point streak, including one goal and one helper on the man advantage. Pastrnak will miss at least two weeks and could be out longer, so DeBrusk will receive plenty of time to shine.

 

Justin Williams (CAR) - RW - Owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues

 

Williams has been red hot, while skating alongside Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter on the top line of the Hurricanes. He has registered two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak. Williams has two goals and 11 points in the past 11 contests and 18 points over his last 21 outings.

 

Cam Ward (CHI) - G - Owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues

 

Ward has been superb for the Blackhawks of late. He had a five-game winning streak with a .943 save percentage going into Saturday night’s action, but that came to an end against Columbus when he was beaten five times on 30 shots. Corey Crawford is nearing a return to the lineup, but Chicago has four games on tap for this coming week, so Ward will probably continue to see action. He could be a good option with upcoming matchups against Ottawa, Detroit, Colorado and Dallas.

 

Andrew Shaw (MTL) - C, RW - Owned in 16% of Yahoo leagues

 

Shaw has played well this season and he has amassed 25 points in his last 28 outings. He recently come back from a 15-game absence due to a neck injury and has three points in three games since his return. Shaw has been skating on the second line with Max Domi and Tomas Tatar. He has also provided a plenty of hits (76) and shots (83) this campaign, while adding 48 penalty minutes in 39 games.

 

Alexandar Georgiev (NYR) - G - Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues

 

Georgiev has been impressive between the pipes with wins in each of his last three starts. He has stopped 113 of 119 shots for a .950 save percentage during that time. Georgiev will get the nod on Sunday afternoon versus Pittsburgh and could split the crease with Henrik Lundqvist this coming week with the Rangers set to play four times in six days, including a back-to-back set over the weekend. He could make for a solid streaming option if you are looking for help in the crease.

 

Dominik Kahun (CHI) - C, LW, RW - Owned in 7% of Yahoo leagues

 

Kahun has been clicking with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome on the second line of the Blackhawks. He has compiled three goals and six assists in the last seven games. Kahun has four multi-point performances over that stretch. He has been a bit hot and cold lately, but Chicago has four games this coming week for him to heat up again.

 

Marcus Johansson (NJD) - LW - Owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues

 

Johansson has tallied five goals and 10 points in the last 11 games. He has been credited with 21 shots during that span and he has averaged 19:04 of ice time. Johansson has been on the first line of the Devils as well as the top power-play unit. His name has come up in trade rumors recently and he’s doing a good job of rising his value.

Corey Abbott
Corey Abbott is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him Twitter @CoreAbbott.