Fantasy Hockey 2013-14: Waiver Wire Update 10/17
Trending NHL names on the fantasy waiver wire this week
October 17, 2013
With the fantasy hockey season in full swing, it’s time to start checking in on the weekly waiver wire trends and statistics. We’ve already seen some surprising players emerge as legitimate forces in fantasy thus far, so let’s take a closer look at the hot waiver wire adds and see if any of these impact names are right for your roster.
Mason Raymond, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs: Raymond is already making the Leafs look smart for giving him a contract this season, and he could help make fantasy owners look smart, too. So far this year, he’s got four goals and four assists, with exactly half of those coming in the last two games alone. Raymond and the Leafs will play tonight at home against the visiting Hurricanes, so snatch him up and plug him in if you’re in need of winger help.
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Matt Niskanen, D, Pittsburgh Penguins: Speaking of looking smart, the Pens were wise not to trade Niskanen before the season began. He’s responded with some pretty good numbers thus far, including a goal, four assists and a plus-8 rating. That’s a great start for him, as he was only able to post four goals and 10 assists in 40 games last year. We’d imagine Niskanen should be able to easily eclipse that this season.
Ryan Malone, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning: There’s a lot of interest out there in Malone, mainly due to his performance Tuesday night against the Kings. He posted his first goal of the year, an assist and a nifty plus-3 rating in that game. That pushed Malone’s season total to the score and three helpers. He’s got a lot to prove this year after a pretty ugly 2012-13 campaign, so he’s definitely at buy-low status right now. Still, if he can stay motivated and continue to post solid numbers he’ll end up as a nice lower-end fill-in.
Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay Lightning: Let’s stick in Tampa Bay for a moment and check in on Bishop. He’s the hottest net-minder out there on the wire right now, and for good reason. With a 4-0 record, 1.71 GAA and 0.939 save percentage, Bishop has put the Lightning in position to win each time he’s taken his place between the pipes. He did have a lower-body issue he was dealing with last week, but that seems to have worked itself out. If you’re in the market for a goalie, he’s your guy right now.
Jonas Brodin, D, Minnesota Wild: Back to the defensemen now, Brodin is also worth a look. He’s quietly been putting in a ton of ice time (176:53 so far) and has the stats to show for it. Through seven games so far, Brodin has put up a pair of goals and three assists--the two scores match his total from all of last year. The Wild are in the midst of a road trip all this week. They’ll be in Tampa Bay tonight and then visit the Panthers on Saturday.
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