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Waiver Wired: All in Heiskanen

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: November 14, 2018, 10:04 am ET

Alex Tuch is still available in 78% of Yahoo leagues. He has four goals and eight points after nine games this season. Nolan Patrick, who is owned in just 30% of Yahoo leagues, has three goals and four assists in the last six contests. Brock Nelson (owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues) and Ryan Dzingel (owned in 16% of Yahoo leagues) have remained hot as well after appearing on Waiver Wired last week.

 

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Now, let’s get into this week’s suggestions:

 

Miro Heiskanen (DAL) - D - Owned in 41% of Yahoo leagues

 

Heiskanen’s three-game assist streak came to an end on Saturday, but the rookie blueliner led the team with 29:26 of ice time, including 3:24 of power-play action. The 19-year-old will continue to soak up minutes and skate on the top unit with the man advantage because John Klingberg will miss at least four weeks following hand surgery. Heiskanen has seven points, 35 shots, 12 hits and 16 blocks this year.  He should be added if he's still available and time is running out. 

 

Dustin Brown (LAK) - RW - Owned in 39% of Yahoo leagues

 

Brown is still available in the majority of leagues and is worthy of an add if he’s available. He started the year on the sidelines, but has been productive since making his season debut on Oct. 28. He has three goals and two assists through six appearances to go along with 16 shots and 18 hits. Brown has tallied two goals on the power play and he has two shorthanded points, including one goal. He has been skating on the top line alongside Anze Kopitar.

 

Kyle Turris (NSH) - C - Owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues

 

Turris has collected seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last seven matches. He has 14 shots on target over that span, which is an encouraging sign because his goal-scoring has been lacking this year and his shots per per game average has been just 1.60. Still, Turris has been productive with 13 points in 16 contests and he hasn’t gone more than two outings without a point so far in 2018-19.

Chad Johnson (STL) - G - Owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues

 

Johnson has started the las two games for St. Louis and he has won them both, while allowing just one goal on 72 shots. Jake Allen has struggled this season, while compiling a 4-3-3 record with a 3.99 goals-against average and .879 save percentage. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Johnson got the nod again on Sunday afternoon and then started again later next week when the Blues play a back-to-back on the road at Vegas on Friday and in San Jose on Saturday. If Allen continues to play poorly then Johnson stands a very good chance to steal starts just like Carter Hutton did over the last two years.

 

David Krejci (BOS) - C - Owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues

 

Krejci hasn’t had the benefit of stability when it comes to linemates again this season, but he has been earning points despite seeing the majority of his playing time alongside a mostly unproductive Jake DeBrusk. Krejci has 14 points in 16 games. Boston hasn’t had much from any player outside of the top line (Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand), but Krejci has provided some secondary offense.

 

Gustav Nyquist (DET) - RW- Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues

 

Nyquist stretched his point streak to seven consecutive contests on Saturday. He has one goal and seven helpers during that stretch. Nyquist only has two goals despite being credited with 40 shots. His personal worst shooting percentage (5.0%) is bound to improve. It’s interesting that he currently has the best points per game (0.88) if his career despite his own lack of finish around the net. Nyquist is worth picking up at this time and you could be more satisfied with the addition, especially if his shots start going into the net.

 

Mikko Koivu (MIN) - C - Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues

 

Koivu has contributed five assists in the last three games. He registered all five points in two outings following a four-game scoreless skid. Koivu has produced 11 points in 15 matches this season. He has had some chemistry with Zach Parise, who ranks second on the Wild with 15 points in 16 outings. Koivu has also been dominant on the draw if your league values faceoffs, with a 56.4 winning percentage on 319 total draws.

 

Michael Grabner (ARI) - LW, RW - Owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues

 

Grabner’s six-game point came to an end on Saturday night. He posted five goals and three assists during that span. Arizona has scored a league-leading nine shorthanded markers this campaign and Grabner has three of them along with an NHL-high five points on the penalty kill. He has nine points in 14 matches this year.

 

Travis Zajac (NJD) - C - Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues

 

Zajac appeared on Waiver Wired last week and he’s worth highlighting again because New Jersey has another busy schedule this coming week with four games on tap. He is up to 11 points in 13 games this campaign. Zajac has scored a goal in three straight matches and he has seven points in his last seven outings.

 

Loui Eriksson (VAN) - LW, RW - Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues

 

Eriksson has heated up with four goals and three assists over a four-game point spree. He has been seeing time alongside top-six centers Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson during that time. Eriksson will continue to get plenty of action in prime spots for the Canucks with Brock Boeser sidelined due to a groin injury.

Corey Abbott

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