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Waiver Wired: Surging Saad

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: February 24, 2019, 10:51 am ET

Jake DeBrusk jumped from a 20% ownership rate to 39% during his five-game point streak. Justin Williams went from 18% last week when he appeared on Waiver Wired to 24%, meaning he is still out there in the majority of pools to be picked up. Paul Stastny is still available in 77% of Yahoo leagues despite having 25 points in 33 games, while Brock Nelson can be had in 75% of Yahoo leagues.

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Brandon Saad (CHI) - LW - Owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues

Saad hasn’t received much attention during Chicago’s impressive run back into playoff contention. He had a rough start to the year, but he has collected 12 goals and 17 points in his last 23 outings. Saad has not gone more than two games without earning at least one point during that stretch. He has been playing mostly on the third line, but he has still seen some shifts with the Blackhawks’ top-six forward talent. Saad’s contributions have gone a bit under the radar while his teammates have been racking up points, but he is proving that there are plenty of goals to go around on the club.

 

Bryan Little (WPG) - C - Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues

Little has been productive since the calendar changed to 2019 with eight goals and 11 assists in his last 21 games. He hasn’t gone more than two games without picking up at least one point during that span. Little set up goals by Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor on Friday in a 6-3 win over Vegas. He has been playing despite the struggles of Patrik Laine. Laine finally got back on track versus the Golden Knights with two goals, which could help Little moving forward if they can start clicking at even strength alongside Ehlers.

 

Louis Domingue (TBL) - G - Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues

Domingue has provided the Lightning with superb goaltending this season when he has stepped in for Andrei Vasilevskiy. Tampa Bay plays four times in six nights this coming week, including a back-to-back, so Domingue will get at least one start with the possibility for an extra appearance if the Bolts choose not to overwork their number one netminder. He has won his last 11 outings, while posting a .914 save percentage.

 

Andreas Johnsson (TOR) - LW - Owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues

Johnsson has generated seven goals and 11 points in his last nine contests. He has skating alongside Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen at even strength, while also seeing time on the top power-play unit because of a concussion to Nazem Kadri.

 

Jesper Bratt (NJD) - LW, RW - Owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues

Bratt has been red hot with three goals and 11 points in his last 11 outings. His five-game point streak was snapped on Saturday versus the New York Rangers, but his recent success should garner him some attention in deeper leagues. Bratt has been seeing action on New Jersey’ s top line with Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri.

 

Antoine Roussel (VAN) - LW - Owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues

Roussel is capable of supplying a bit of everything when everything falls into place for him and he has been doing that since Jan. 20.  He has accounted for three goals, six assists, 18 penalty minutes, 21 shots, 15 hits, and six blocks in his last 13 matches.

 

Ryan Donato (MIN) - C, LW, RW - Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues

Donato has made an immediate impact with the Wild since he was acquired from Boston the Charlie Coyle trade on Wednesday. In two games with Minnesota, he has contributed three assists and seven shots. Donato has been skating on the third line for the Wild alongside Luke Kunin and he has been logging time on the second power-play unit with Eric Staal and Jason Zucker. He has been averaging 15:39 of ice time per match and should stay in the NHL for the rest of the season, while continuing to produce offensively.

 

Jason Pominville (BUF) - RW - Owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues

Pominville has been skating with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner on the top line. He found the back of the net in Saturday’s win over Washington and the Sabres have four games on tap for this coming week, including two games versus Toronto. He has had plenty of success versus the Maple Leafs in his career with 55 points in 62 matches.

 

Jimmy Vesey (NYR) - LW - Owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues

Vesey moved up to the top line of the Rangers on Saturday with Mats Zuccarello listed as a scratch. He recorded one goal and one assist in the contest and could see more time alongside Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider after Zuccarello was traded to the Dallas Stars. He has three goals and three helpers in the last nine matches and will get a boost if he can cement a spot with the top-two point producers on the team.

 

Devon Toews (NYI) - D - Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues

Toews has generated one goal and six assists in his last seven matches, including six helpers during a five-game point streak.  He has chipped in three power-play points during his recent hot streak, while playing on the second combination.  Toews has four goals, 12 points, 43 shots, 19 blocks, 12 hits and a plus-10 rating in 27 games with the Islanders this campaign, while averaging 17:47 of ice time per contest.  

Corey Abbott

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