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Waiver Wired

Wired: Flying under the radar

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

This week's Waiver Wired features plenty of under-the-radar options for your consideration.

 

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Vladislav Namestnikov (TBL) - C - Owned in 16% of Yahoo leagues

 

Namestnikov has logged plenty of time alongside Steven Stamkos this season because of Tampa Bay's injuries. That experience is starting to pay off now, as his confidence and comfort level have resulted in his current hot streak. He generated a hat trick on five shots versus Pittsburgh this past Friday and before that he had five helpers over three matches. Namestnikov has already set personal bests this season, with 23 points in 44 games, and his new role on the Lightning makes him an intriguing player right now.

 

Andrew Shaw (CHI) - RW - Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues

 

Shaw has played up and down the lineup this year. He is currently back to skating with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. The trio has been great for the Blackhawks, who have been looking and waiting for someone to take some offensive pressure away from Patrick Kane's combination. Shaw has been driving the net and he's been logging plenty of power-play time. He has posted two goals and three assists in his last four outings. Shaw also had a goal taken back against Toronto on Friday, which would've extended his point streak. Coach Joel Quenneville likes to shuffle his lines, but the Blackhawks have won 10 straight games so make the most of Shaw's promotion while you can.

 

Patrik Berglund (STL) - C - Owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues

 

Berglund missed 40 games after he had off-season shoulder surgery. He didn't have a point in his first two games, but he has been on a roll since then with three goals and three assists in his last six appearances. Berglund has scored two of his goals on the power play and he's seeing ice time during even-strength situations alongside David Backes.

 

Kevin Fiala (NSH) - LW - Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues

 

The 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft was called up to give the Predators an offensive jolt and he scored in his season debut against Winnipeg. Fiala is being placed in a great situation to succeed during his latest NHL stint, while playing with James Neal and new top-line center Ryan Johansen. Fiala has had his ups and downs in the minors this campaign, but he compiled four goals and 12 points over 13 games with Milwaukee before coming up to Nashville. The 19-year-old is a great add for keeper leagues and he's worth looking at in standard formats as well because of the role he has been given.

 

Kris Versteeg (CAR) - LW, RW - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues

 

Versteeg has been very productive lately with three goals and three helpers in his last five contests. The 29-year-old winger also had five points in five games at the end of December. Versteeg is making the most of his action on the top line with Eric Staal and Elias Lindholm. He has 28 points and 94 shots in 45 matches this season, which puts him on pace for a 50-point year.

 

Bo Horvat (VAN) - C - Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues

 

Horvat has been red hot while centering Vancouver's second line. The ninth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft has a six-game point streak. Horvat has amassed six goals and nine points during his scoring spree. The 20-year-old forward has meshed well with Sven Baertschi over that time and the duo has been joined by Radim Vrbata and Jake Virtanen. Take advantage of his offensive surge now and hope that it translates into a strong second half.

 

Alexander Wennberg (CBJ) - C - Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues

 

I mentioned Wennberg last week when I recommended Brandon Dubinsky and I still think he could help out some fantasy rosters. He has 16 points in 34 games this season, but 15 of them have come in his last 21 matches. Wennberg has been logging big minutes for the Blue Jackets and that will continue to be the case now that Ryan Johansen is skating for Nashville. He has been skating mostly alongside Brandon Saad, while getting time with Scott Hartnell and Boone Jenner as well.

 

Marc-Edouard Vlasic (SJS) - D - Owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues

 

Vlasic shouldn't be expected to register many performances like he had in Saturday's win over Dallas, but he has still been productive this season and is capable of adding value to your lineup. The 28-year-old blueliner picked up two goals and one assist versus the Stars to give him 23 points in 40 games. He has collected four goals and eight helpers in his last 13 outings. Vlasic averages nearly two shots per contest, he has 80 blocks and he won't hurt your plus-minus rating.

 

Jacob Markstrom (VAN) - G - Owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues

 

Markstrom still has very good value even though Ryan Miller is back from injury. Miller played well against Washington in his first game back, but he has struggled this season and Markstrom's impressive performances have earned him more starts. Coach Willie Desjardins plans to use Markstrom more often and he could end up taking some playing time from Miller if he continues to outperform the veteran. In 18 games this season, Markstrom owns a 7-5-4 record along with a 2.40 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

 

Robin Lehner (BUF) - G - Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues

 

Lehner made his return to Buffalo's lineup on Friday after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the opening game of the regular season. He stopped 27 of 30 shots in a 4-1 loss to Boston. Lehner is expected to see the bulk of the action for the Sabres, but Chad Johnson has proven he is capable of stepping in when he is called upon. Lehner is a risky option because he is an unproven goaltender and Buffalo hasn't been good this season, but if you are desperate for starts or help in the crease then he's someone who should be on your radar.

Corey Abbott

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