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Waiver Wired: Hayes all day

by Corey Abbott

Bryan Rust was a popular add, going from a 26% ownership last week to 36%, but he suffered a lower-body injury on Saturday. Alexander Edler is owned in 41% of Yahoo leagues now after he was sitting at 33% a week ago. Erik Gustafsson remains an option in deeper pools for those seeking help on the back end. He is available in 79% of Yahoo leagues. J.T. Compher can be had in 90% of Yahoo leagues, while David Perron is owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues.

 

 

Frederik Andersen is day-to-day with a groin injury, which makes Garret Sparks a decent fill-in option despite Saturday’s setback. Toronto only has two games scheduled for this coming week.

 

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

 

Kevin Hayes (NYR) - C - Owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues

 

Time is running out in most leagues to add Hayes if you haven’t already done so. He has been among the hotter players in the league with five goals and 11 assists during a nine-game point streak. Hayes has generated 10 goals and 33 points through 37 games. He also has 85 shots on target, while averaging a personal best 19:23 of ice time per contest.

 

Nate Schmidt (VGK) - D - Owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues

 

Schmidt has produced 13 points in 21 games this season. He hasn’t gone more than two games without a point since he started the year pointless in his first five outings. Schmidt currently has four helpers during a four-game point streak.

 

Paul Stastny (VGK) - C - Owned in 28% of Yahoo leagues

 

Stastny has accounted for four goals and three assists in eight games since returning to the lineup from a lower-body injury. He has two goals and four points in the last two games, while centering Vegas’ second line.

 

Ondrej Kase (ANA) - RW - Owned in 25% of Yahoo leagues

 

Kase snapped out of his three-game pointless skid on Saturday with a two-goal performance versus Arizona. He is up to 11 markers and 18 points in 22 games this season, while racking up a whopping 74 shots on goal. He has been playing with Adam Henrique on the second line of late and the combination has displayed some chemistry.

 

Andrew Shaw (MTL) - C, RW - Owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues

 

Shaw has been a consistent source of offense since getting off to sluggish start in October. He has accumulated 10 goals and 22 points in his last 28 games. Shaw has been held off the scoresheet just three times in his past 13 outings. He can also provide plenty of hits (71) and shots (78) to your fantasy squad.

 

Nick Schmaltz (ARI) - C, LW - Owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues

 

Schmaltz has continued to produce with the Coyotes since being obtained from Chicago. He has 14 points in 16 matches since the trade and he hasn’t gone more than two games without picking up a point. His 1.75 shots per game with Arizona is also the highest of his career. Schmaltz snapped a nine-game goalless slump with the overtime winner against Anaheim on Saturday night. He has played mostly alongside Clayton Keller and Alex Galchenyuk, who has heated up of late, since his arrival.

 

Mackenzie Blackwood (NJD) - G - Owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues

 

Blackwood has stringed together two straight strong starts for the Devils, which will probably earn him some some additional playing time. He has surrendered just two goals on 59 shots during that span and he posted his first NHL shutout on Saturday versus Carolina. Blackwood has a 2-1-0 record with a 1.59 goals-against average and .956 save percentage in five appearances this season. New Jersey has games against Vancouver, Dallas, Arizona and Vegas this coming week.

 

Collin Delia (CHI) - G - Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues

 

Delia is another netminder worth rostering at this time. He made his season debut on Dec. 21 against Colorado and stopped 35 of 36 shots in a 2-1 victory. Delia got his second start on Thursday in a 5-2 win over Minnesota and he turned aside 46 shots in that appearance. He followed that up with a third straight ‘W’ on Saturday in a 3-2 overtime decision against Colorado. The Blackhawks have been playing much better of late and if Delia keeps performing like this then starting him over Cam Ward will be an easy decision.

 

Alex Iafallo (LAK) - LW - Owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues

 

Iafallo made an appearance on Waiver Wired last week and he remains a worthy pickup. He has found his way onto the scoresheet in eight of the past nine games. Iafallo has four goals and six assists over that stretch. He has had a productive month alongside Anze Kopitar on the team’s top line.

 

Dylan Strome (CHI) - C - Owned in 7% of Yahoo leagues

 

Strome has been clicking alongside Patrick Kane with one goal and six assists during a three-game point spree. He has generated six goals and 13 points in 17 games with the Blackhawks since he was acquired from Arizona. That makes him worthy of a roster spot in most leagues, especially deeper ones.

Corey Abbott

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