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Waiver Wired

Emergence of Derick Brassard

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

David Perron's long-awaited trade out of Edmonton finally happened on Friday when he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh sent a 2015 first-round pick and Rob Klinkhammer to the Oilers for the 26-year-old winger. Perron was excellent during his first season in Edmonton, where he picked up 28 goals, 57 points, 220 shots and 116 hits in 78 games. He wasn't producing nearly as well this year, but the move to Pittsburgh will be great for his fantasy value.

 

He scored a goal in his Penguins debut, while playing alongside Sidney Crosby. Being a top-six forward in Pittsburgh could help him become a point-per-game player for the remainder of the season. Perron jumped from being owned in 39% of Yahoo leagues to being claimed in 58% by the time he played in his first game with his new squad on Saturday. If he's still available then pick him up; his shot, hit and point totals will make him a great addition.

 

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Now, here are some other players worth targeting:

 

Derick Brassard (NYR) - C - Owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues

 

Last week, Derek Stepan made an appearance on Waiver Wired and this time I'm going to recommend snatching up New York's other scoring-line center. Brassard plays between Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello on the Rangers' top line. He has 10 goals and 20 helpers in 34 games this season. He's on pace to set new career highs in goals, assists and points this year and could flirt with the 70-point mark if his current scoring rate continues. Brassard is also within range of reaching the 20-goal mark for the first time after he finished just a couple short of that total last campaign. Additionally, he leads the Rangers with 12 power-play points.

 

Mike Fisher (NSH) - C - Owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues

 

I recommended Fisher a couple of weeks ago and he's gotten a bit better since then. Fisher has generated three goals and three assists in his last seven matches and he has 11 points in 16 games this season. He's been overlooked in the past because he played for a low-scoring Nashville team even though he was typically one of their better producers. Now, the Predators rank ninth in the NHL in goals for per game (2.95) and he centers the second line between a surging Colin Wilson and James Neal. Fisher missed the Predators' first 21 games of the year after he suffered a ruptured Achilles during off-season training, but he's been a welcome addition since his return.

 

Carl Soderberg (BOS) - C, LW - Owned in 38% of Yahoo leagues

 

Soderberg and Loui Eriksson have been a productive combination for the Bruins. Soderberg is tied with Patrice Bergeron for the club lead with 27 points in 39 games. Eriksson is just behind them with 25 points. Soderberg has registered three goals and six helpers in his past 10 games. He also sits first on the Bruins with four goals and seven points on the power play. Boston hasn't done much damage offensively this season, but Soderberg has been a fairly consistent producer.

 

Ryan Strome (NYI) - C, RW - Owned in 35% of Yahoo leagues

 

Strome has been picking up points in bunches this year and he's appears to be starting another productive stretch. He has notched one goal and six assists during a three-game scoring spree. Strome posted the first four-point game of his brief career on Dec. 31 against Winnipeg. He hasn't scored a goal yet on the power play, but he has averaged 2:17 of ice time with the man advantage this season. He has chipped in five of his 21 assists on the power play and he does get out there at times with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, like he did on Friday. The 21-year-old forward also ranks fourth on the team with 82 shots. The fifth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft has shown flashes of his potential during his first full season and he'll only continue to get better.

 

Curtis Glencross (CGY) - LW - Owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues

 

Glencross is a versatile option for fantasy owners in leagues that credit multiple categories, including the real-time stats of hits and blocks. He has 26 points in 40 games this year to go with 78 hits and 30 blocks. Glencross has been skating with Joe Colborne and Sean Monahan of late and he's earned five points in his last four games. He could be a worth a look in deeper leagues because his ice time has been climbing and has shown in the past that he can contribute offensively when that happens.

 

Kevin Connauton (CBJ) - D - Owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues

 

Connauton was unable to crack Dallas' lineup this season, appearing in eight games, before he was placed on waivers. He was claimed by Columbus and in 16 games with the Blue Jackets the 24-year-old blueliner has collected five goals, nine points and a whopping 23 shots. Connauton racked up five points in two games prior to be held off the scoresheet on Saturday at Arizona. He has been paired with James Wisniewski on the back end and he has been seeing some power-play time on the second unit. If you are looking for an under-the-radar defenseman then Connauton is your man.

 

Jimmy Hayes (FLA) - RW - Owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues

 

Hayes has been in and out of Florida's active rotation, but he has been productive when he's played especially lately. He has tallied four goals and one assist in his past five outings. Despite his jockeying for position in the lineup, Hayes has 11 goals and 18 points in 28 games, which were his previous career highs that he set during the 2013-14 campaign over 53 matches when he joined the Panthers from Chicago. The 6-foot-6, 221-pound forward could be someone to watch if he can iron out a spot on one of Florida's top-two lines. He has been seeing some time with Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov.

 

Antti Raanta (CHI) - G - Owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues

 

The Blackhawks play four times next week, including three times over a four-day span. Chicago will host Colorado on Tuesday before visiting Minnesota and Edmonton on Thursday and Friday, respectively. That could leave Raanta with a favorable start against the lowly Oilers and give Corey Crawford a couple of days off before a rematch versus the Wild on Sunday back in Chicago. Raanta has been excellent when he's had an opportunity to play, posting a 6-2-0 record with a .944 save percentage and a 1.73 goals-against average in nine appearances. Fantasy owners could take advantage of Chicago's schedule here.

Corey Abbott

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