Fantasy hockey waiver watch – Smith, Goligoski can give your playoff squad a boost

week we’ll be scouring the thread for cheaper assets to help your team, whether you prefer the dynasty or redraft format, and we’ll also provide some tips for DFS players. Finally, we look at some once great assets that may be overvalued for one reason or another – short or long term.


Craig Smith, RW/C, Boston Bruins (39.1%): After weeks of identifying Smith as an underrated fantasy acquisition, here’s my latest attempt to find a productive right winger. At least this season. The former Predator has four goals and 12 assists in his last 12 games. He leads a dynamic scoring line with David Krejci and Bruin freshman Taylor Hall. Boston wins games. Smith should be in more than four of the ten leagues.

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Mats Zuccarello, RW, Minnesota Wild (44.1%): The diminutive winger is on the rise again with four goals and an assist in five games. Many fantasy managers pounced on Zuccarello when things calmed down for him in late March, early April. The spring slump is over, and the veteran striker is back on top with Kirill Kaprizov. Get him back on your team as soon as possible.

Josh Norris, S, Ottawa Senators (21.7%): Norris is just one of many young senators expected to shine in Ottawa in the coming years. The 21-year-old, who competes with Brady Tkachuk and Drake Baterson for the top scoring and power forward positions, has seven goals and five assists in 14 games since mid-March, averaging 2.35 points per game. And he’s been the most productive lately. In fantasy leagues, the 19th pick is the most important. Selection (2017) a must in dynasty and goalkeeping competitions.

Tyler Motte, C/LW/RW, Vancouver Canucks (17.2%): To be fair, no one knows how Motte will feel after he passes COVID protocol and is back on the ice, or how long it will take him to get back on track. What we do know is that the Canucks forward is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday after Game 1 against Toronto. So far, there are 14 events scheduled in Vancouver through the 13th. Can be thrown in at the end of ESPN’s fantasy game (a handful then). If Motte is as effective – in leagues that count shots and blocked shots – as he was earlier in the season, he could accumulate a good number of fantasy points over the next three weeks.

Casey Mittelstadt, C/RW, Buffalo Sabres (6.9%): Whatever Mittelstadt does differently these days, he doesn’t have to change anything. Buffalo’s second top scorer at center, a 2017 draft pick (eighth overall), has seven goals and three assists in his last 11 games. The 22-year-old is also seeing valuable minutes in the top division and was responsible for two goals this month with an extra skater. It took a little longer than Sabram would have liked, but Mittelstadt seems to have finally found their purpose. It’s especially useful in deeper leagues that reward goals heavily.

Sam Bennett, LW/C, Florida Panthers (3.8%): The former Flames have already made a good start in their new hockey home. In his debut Saturday against the Panthers, Bennett notched two assists in a 5-3 win over the Lightning. Oh, and he’s the centerpiece of a team that also includes Jonathan Huberdeau and Anthony Duclair. Not a bad gig. The fourth-round pick in 2014, who was highly inconsistent during his career in Calgary, is poised to finish the 2020-12 season strong and make a much-needed fresh start. For those looking ahead, the 24-year-old (for now!) also proved himself in the playoffs.

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Ross Colton, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning (3.5%): It won’t be long before the 24-year-old is averaging over a dozen minutes a game. After scoring six goals in nine games in April, Colton is now tied with Anthony Cirelli in goals and secondary power play. The first point with the men’s head should count quickly. Outside of conventional and deep leagues, this young man is also interesting in Daily Fantasy. Especially against the Blue Jackets this Thursday and Sunday. Colton had scored in each of the previous three games against Columbus. Nice little set.

See also: Max Comtois, Anaheim Ducks; Denis Gurianov, Dallas Stars


Alex Goligoski, Arizona Coyotes (32.2%): In the last week of March, something clicked for the veteran defender. After one assist in January and no points in February, Goligoski has since recorded two goals and 10 assists in 13 games. He plays tough minutes and scores fantasy points in the present. With so few options for the blue line, the 35 year old gift is like a free gem to carry around.

See also: Vince Dunn, St. John’s Louis Blues…


Darcy Kemper, Arizona Coyotes (50.2%): If his recent work serves as an accurate barometer, Kuemper is feeling good after missing nearly six weeks with a lower-body injury. The 30-year-old stopped 20 of 22 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 win over St. Louis. Louis. In a heated battle with the Blues for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Region, the Coyotes need the Cumpires to be at their best. When healthy again, he should be used more often than Antti Raanta, who was not good in his last outing. Kemper was able to close out this up-and-down campaign in pretty solid fashion.

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See also: Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders; Devan Dubnyk, Colorado Avalanche

Reduced expectations

Kaapo Kahkonen, G, Minnesota Wild (41.3%): It’s Talbot’s time in Minnesota. Cam Talbot has been in the starting line-up in 11 of the club’s last 14 games, winning all but three of them. Since the 20th. In March, Kahkonen was only seen between the posts when Minnesota played on consecutive days. Wilde only has three sets left. Unless Talbot stumbles or falls, Kahkonen probably won’t see much action until the postseason.

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