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Waiver Wired

Waiver Wired: Rask up to Task

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

We did it! Zach Werenski is currently owned in 54% of Yahoo leagues.  Artem Anisimov's ownership has doubled from 32% to 64% since he was featured on Waiver Wired last week.  My new goal is to get Victor Rask owned in the majority of fantasy leagues, so let's get started.  


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Marcus Johansson (WSH) - LW, RW - Owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues

 

It’s been a sluggish start to the season for several Capitals players and Johansson has picked up the slack. Thanks to a three-point performance on Saturday at Vancouver, he leads the team in scoring with seven points in seven games. Johansson also ranks first on Washington with three power-play points. Obviously, you shouldn’t expect him to be on top for long, but he should be owned in more fantasy leagues. Johansson plays alongside either Nicklas Backstrom or Evgeny Kuznetsov, while seeing top unit power-play time on a very talented squad that should get their offense in gear soon.

 

Victor Rask (CAR) - C - Owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues

 

Rask has been a consistent scoring threat in every game for the Hurricanes so far this season and he has been rewarded with four goals and five assists during a seven-game scoring streak. The 23-year-old center has also produced two markers and three points on the power play and he has registered 16 shots on 30 total attempts. Rask displayed some potential last season when he scored 21 markers in 80 games and he is poised for a breakout year in 2016-17. The trio of Rask, Jeff Skinner and Lee Stempniak has produced 12 of the Carolina’s 21 goals this season.

 

Jimmy Vesey (NYR) - LW - Owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues

 

Vesey has enjoyed a strong start to his NHL career with four goals and one assist in eight games with the Rangers. He is tied for the team lead in goals scored and he has earned two power-play points. The rookie winger has been given a great opportunity to succeed with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash as linemates and he has taken advantage of it.

 

Mark Streit (PHI) - D - Owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues

 

Philadelphia’s young blueliners have been popular headlines early into the 2016-17 season, but veteran Mark Streit deserves recognition for his solid start. He is tied with Shayne Gostisbehere for first on the team in scoring among defensemen at six points apiece. Streit has picked up two goals and four helpers in nine contests, which includes four points on the power play. He is worth rostering at this time.

 

Sam Bennett (CGY) - C - Owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues

 

Bennett entered the 2016-17 campaign as a potential breakout candidate. However, he got off to a slow start. The 20-year-old forward didn’t have a point in his first five outings, but he has been on a roll lately with at least one point in each of his last four contests. Bennett has accounted for three goals and three assists during his scoring spree. He will enter Sunday night’s action riding a three-game goal streak.

 

Travis Konecny (PHI) - C, LW - Owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues

 

Konecny was recently given LW status on Yahoo, which gives his value a significant boost. He previously only had center eligibility. The Flyers rookie recorded his first NHL earlier this week versus Buffalo, while seeing time on the team’s second power-play unit. More goals should be in his future too if he continues to direct the puck towards the net like he has. Konecny has been credited with 20 shots on 38 total attempts. He has also contributed six assists to give him seven points in nine games. Konecny has fit in nicely on Philadelphia’s second line with Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier.

 

Matt Moulson (BUF) - LW - Owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues

 

Buffalo hasn’t had much luck so far this season, but the improved play of Moulson has been a bright spot.  He posted just eight goals and 21 points in 81 matches last year.  It has been a very different story so far this campaign.  Moulson has recorded a team-leading four goals in seven games and he has added one assist as well. All of his points have been scored on Sabres power plays. He has also racked up 21 shots on goal.  Moulson's impressive start after last season’s debacle has earned him a promotion to the top line alongside Ryan O'Reilly and Kyle Okposo.

 

Damon Severson (NJD) - D - Owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues

 

Severson still has his struggles defensively, but he is off to a great start offensively in 2016-17. He ranks second on the Devils with six points in eight games and he is tied with Taylor Hall for first on the team with four power-play points. Severson has been averaging 19:40 of ice time per match and is worth keeping an eye on if you are looking for an offensive defenseman in deeper leagues.

 

Viktor Arvidsson (NSH) - LW - Owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues

 

Nashville’s top guns have been firing blanks so far, but Arvidsson has been producing. He leads the club in scoring with four goals and six points in eight matches. The 23-year-old winger has spent most of his playing time alongside Mike Ribeiro and Craig Smith. He has racked up 24 shots on goal on 38 total attempts, so he isn’t afraid to fire the puck at the net.

 

Joel Eriksson Ek (MIN) - C - Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues

 

Eriksson Ek made an immediate impact with the Wild when he scored a goal in his NHL debut on Oct. 22 against New Jersey. He has amassed five points, which includes a three-assist match versus Boston this past Tuesday, in five games. The 19-year-old forward moved up to a line with Eric Staal and Charlie Coyle on Saturday after Zach Parise was ruled out with a lower-body injury. He also logged some time on the power play. Parise is listed as week-to-week, so Eriksson Ek could get an increased role with Minnesota. That bodes very well for his fantasy value when you consider his hot start came when he averaged just 10:20 of ice time.

Corey Abbott

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