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Fantasy Hockey Update 1/6/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers

Fantasy Hockey Sleepers, Waiver Wire Adds and Trends

January 6, 2017

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We’re heading into a big NHL weekend, so that means it’s a great time to check out the fantasy hockey waiver wire and see who’s trending out there. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Nathan Beaulieu, D, Montreal Canadiens: Beaulieu is still available in over 90 percent of the leagues out there, and he’s the hottest pickup in fantasy this morning. In his last four games, Beaulieu has a goal, four assists and a plus-3 rating. 

Fantasy Hockey Update 1/6/17: Top Waiver Wire Picks and Sleepers

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That gives him two goals and 11 assists on the year, alongside a plus-15 mark and 55 shots on goal. Beaulieu will be finishing off his road trip tomorrow in Washington. 

Mikael Backlund, C, Calgary Flames: Backlund is the hottest center on the waiver wire today, and it’s not too hard to see why. In his last five games (a five-game scoring streak), he’s got six goals and three assists with a plus-6 mark. 

So far this year, Backlund is rocking 12 goals, 13 assists, a plus-4 rating and 97 shots on goal. He’ll get a chance to keep it going tonight in Vancouver. 

Jared Coreau, G, Detroit Red Wings: If you’re looking for a pretty good spot-starter in goal right now, Coreau isn’t a bad choice. He bagged his first career shutout against LA, turning aside 34 shots in the win. 

Coreau is now sitting on three wins, a 2.75 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He’s a low-end add, sure, but might make a good matchup play. 

Jacob Trouba, D, Winnipeg Jets: Let’s go back to defensemen for a minute and look at Trouba. He has a five-game points streak going, during which he’s collected a goal and six assists. 

On the season, Trouba has two scores and 11 helpers to go with a plus-4 mark and 56 shots on goal. The Jets are giving him a ton of minutes lately, and rightfully so. He gets Buffalo tomorrow. 

Justin Williams, RW, Washington Capitals: Let’s finish up at right wing this morning and look at Williams, who is still available in almost 60 percent of leagues. In his last four games, he’s got three goals and four assists to his credit. 

Williams has 11 goals and nine assists this year with a plus-3 mark and 82 shots on goal. He’ll try to keep his good fortune going in Ottawa tomorrow. 

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