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Waiver Wired

Waiver Wired: Pluck Plekanec

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

Sam Reinhart is still 30% owned in Yahoo leagues following a week of zero points in three games, but I’m still hopeful that he will start producing alongside Jack Eichel. Scott Darling jumped from a 24% ownership to 44%. He has been superb in his last three starts despite a 1-1-1 record, while filling in for Corey Crawford. Sidney Crosby’s linemate Conor Sheary has gone from being available in 93% of leagues to a 17% ownership since he was featured a week ago.

 

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Bryan Little (WPG) - C - Owned in 39% of Yahoo leagues

 

If Little is available in your league then he is worth adding. He is currently skating between Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine and he has registered six points in eight games this season. Little just returned to the lineup at the end of November after he suffered a lower-body injury in Winnipeg’s season opener.

 

Robby Fabbri (STL) - C, LW - Owned in 35% of Yahoo leagues

 

Fabbri has been up and down this campaign, but overall he has posted a respectable eight goals and 16 points in 27 games. He has registered four of those goals and added three helpers in the past six contests. Fabbri remains on a line with Vladimir Tarasenko at even strength and he sees time on the top power-play unit as well, where he has produced three goals and six points.

 

Thomas Vanek (DET) - LW, RW - Owned in 33% of Yahoo leagues

 

Vanek is back on track since returning from a hip injury. He missed 11 games due to the ailment, but before that he produced four goals and four assists in seven contests. Vanek has accounted for a point in each of his last four outings and he will head into Sunday’s action with 14 points in 17 matches.

 

Justin Schultz (PIT) - D - Owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues

 

Schultz had his five-game point streak snapped Saturday against Tampa Bay, but he is still worth adding if you are looking for a defender. He is tied with highly-rated blueliners like Erik Karlsson, with three goals, and Rasmus Ristolainen, with eight points, over the last 14 days in terms of production. That’s not to say he will keep pace with them for the rest of the season, but he is a player who is far more likely to be available on your waiver wire. Schultz compiled three goals and eight of his 13 points this year during his scoring spree. If he can stabilize then he has a shot at topping 35 points for the first time in his career.

 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) - C - Owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues

 

Nugent-Hopkins has recorded a point in five of his six appearances this month. He has notched two goals and three assists over that span, including three power-play points in his last three matches. RNH has finally been contributing some depth scoring behind Connor McDavid, while playing with Jordan Eberle on the second line.

 

Tyler Bozak (TOR) - C - Owned in 13% of Yahoo leagues

 

Bozak is widely available in most leagues despite a fairly consistent start to the season. He hasn’t had many dry spells and has collected 19 points in 26 games. Bozak benefits from playing between James van Riemsdyk, who leads the Maple Leafs in scoring, and talented rookie Mitch Marner. The 30-year-old center has produced one goal and four helpers in the last six games.

 

Tomas Plekanec (MTL) - C - Owned in 13% of Yahoo leagues

 

Plekanec has been elevated to Montreal’s top line because of long-term injuries to Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais. He was having a terrible year offensively, but now there is hope that he can turn it around. Plekanec collected four assists in Saturday’s 10-1 drubbing of the Avalanche. He assisted on three of Max Pacioretty’s four goals and had a helper on a marker by Alexander Radulov as well. Pacioretty has been red hot recently and Radulov has been productive in his return to the NHL. Plekanec should benefit tremendously from playing between the team’s top-two wingers.

 

Andrej Sekera (EDM) - D - Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues

 

Sekera picked up a mere seven points in his first 24 games of the season, but he has generated six points in his past six matches. He has posted two power-play points during his hot streak, while skating on the first combination as the lone defender. Sekera has been credited with just 33 shots on goal, which isn’t optimal, but he can contribute blocks (53) and assists if his goal scoring doesn’t pick up.

 

Jason Zucker (MIN) - LW, RW - Owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues

 

Zucker has worked his way up the Wild depth chart this season and he has been playing well on the second line alongside Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund. He has generated at least one point in seven of the last eight games. Zucker has potted three goals and five assists during that time to give him 15 points in 26 contests. He is also tied for the team lead with a plus-15 rating. Unfortunately, he won’t help you on the power play, where he has logged just 7:48 this season.

 

Mike Ribeiro (NSH) - C - Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues

 

The Predators wanted more from Ribeiro going into the season and his productive play has been flying the under. He is currently tied for the team lead with 18 points in 27 games and he has been racking up points since mid-November. Ribeiro has two goals and nine assists in his past 12 outings. He should be on your radar if you are seeking assists, but his lack of goals and shots does hold back his fantasy value.

Corey Abbott

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