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Waiver Wired

Waiver Wired: Stepan Up

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Keith Kinkaid is still available in 75% of Yahoo leagues. He has seen the bulk of the action in goal for the Devils, as the team battles for a playoff spot. Kinkaid has blocked 75 of 79 shots in back-to-back wins over Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay this week.  Elsewhere in the crease, Antti Raanta went from being owned in 39% of Yahoo leagues a week ago to 45%.

 

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Now, let’s go into this week’s recommendations:

 

Kyle Connor (WPG) - LW - Owned in 33% of Yahoo leagues

 

Connor appears to finally be gaining the recognition he deserves after spending most of the season in waiver wire purgatory. He has had his share of ups and downs, while appearing on Waiver Wired frequently this season. Connor has heated up again with six goals in his last five matches. He has been credited with five shots on target three times during that span. Connor skates alongside Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler on the top line of the Jets. His 28 goals trails only the injured Brock Boeser (29) for the most markers among rookies this year. Connor is someone to think about for next season as well.

 

Nick Foligno (CBJ) - C, LW, RW - Owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues

 

Foligno has been playing between Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin on the first line of the Blue Jackets. He had five assists over a three-game point streak before going pointless in his last two outings. However. he should be able to get going again during Columbus’ three-game road trip in Western Canada this coming week.

 

Derek Stepan (ARI) - C - Owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues

 

Stepan has been a productive top-line pivot for the Coyotes this campaign. He has been earning points per game at a better rate this year (0.71) than he did in 2016-17 as a member of the New York Rangers (0.68). Stepan leads the team with 40 assists and ranks second on the club with 53 points through 75 contests. He also has one goal and seven helpers during a four-game point streak. Stepan has recorded a multi-point effort in each contest. He has amassed 14 points in 13 outings this month. The Coyotes don’t have an easy four-game schedule this coming week, but Stepan’s recent hot streak still stands a good chance to continue.

 

James Reimer (FLA) - G - Owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues

 

Reimer has won his last four starts and he has surrendered two goals or less in each appearance. Roberto Luongo has been dealing with an upper-body injury, but the Panthers hope to have him back in the lineup this coming week. Florida plays four times and Reimer could at least split starts with Luongo.  He should be on your radar if you are looking for spot starts. 

 

Ryan Donato (BOS) - C - Owned in 16% of Yahoo leagues

 

Donato has made an immediate impact since he joined the Bruins from the college ranks. He has two goals and two assists in three games. Donato has been skating on Boston’s second line alongside David Krejci, as the team deals with some injuries down the stretch. He has also been logging action on the top power-play unit. If you can get around the center-only eligibility then he is a solid addition at this time.

 

Ryan Pulock (NYI) - D - Owned in 11% of Yahoo leagues

 

Pulock has been red hot with three goals and six assists in his last eight contests. His five-game point streak was snapped on Saturday, but he still had four shots and a plus-1 rating in 19:48 of ice time. Pulock has also chipped in four points (two goals, two assists) on the power play during his recent scoring spree.

 

Ty Rattie (EDM) - RW - Owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues

 

Rattie has been productive since he was called up by Edmonton on Mar. 15. He has generated three goals, three assists and 11 shots in five games. Rattie has been playing alongside Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (owned in 41% of Yahoo leagues). The trio has been firing on all cylinders and Rattie has a great opportunity to stay in that spot for the Oilers until the end of the year.  Pontus Aberg deserve an honorable mention, as he has accounted for two goals and five assists in his last four appearances, while seeing most of his ice time alongside Leon Draisaitl

 

Neal Pionk (NYR) - D - Owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues

 

Pionk had one assist in his first nine outings with the Rangers, but he has been all over the scoresheet since then with 13 points in his past 12 games. He has recorded one goal and nine helpers during a seven-game point streak. Pionk has also been playing on New York’s top power-play unit and he has contributed four assists on the man advantage during his scoring spree.

 

Jesper Fast (NYR) - RW - Owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues

 

Fast is currently riding an eight-game point streak, which has seen him collect three goals and seven assists. He has been on the top line with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, which is a combination that has exploded offensively of late. Fast is a good under-the-radar target in deeper leagues, but if Kreider or Kevin Hayes (owned in 13% of Yahoo leagues) are available then they are better options.

 

Valentin Zykov (CAR) - LW, RW - Owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues

 

Zykov skated in three games with the Hurricanes this week and he earned four points (two goals, two assists). He has posted a multi-point performance in each of his last two outings. Zykov, who leads the AHL with 32 goals this season, has been playing alongside Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen recently with Carolina. He is worth keeping an eye on at the very least.

Corey Abbott

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