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Waiver Wired

Wired: Bozak, Murray emerge

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

It's been a shortened week in the NHL because of the holiday break, but there are still plenty of options available on the waiver wire.


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Thomas Greiss, who is owned in 38% of Yahoo leagues, should be a popular add after Jaroslav Halak was placed on injured reserve by the Islanders. Halak is retroactive to Dec. 21, but it's unclear at this time when he will be available to return from an upper-body injury.


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Matt Murray (PIT) - G - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues


Murray has been excellent in the AHL. He was the league's outstanding rookie in 2014-15 when he captured the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award and he hasn't slowed down this campaign. Murray has posted a 12-4-0 record with a 1.84 goals-against average, a .938 save percentage and four shutouts with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Marc-Andre Fleury's concussion has provided Murray with a chance to take his talents to the NHL and he has outperformed second-string netminder Jeff Zatkoff. Murray has a 2-1-0 record with a .934 save percentage and a 1.68 GAA in three appearances with the big club. He has stopped 71 of the 76 shots he has faced.


Tyler Bozak (TOR) - C - Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues


Most pundits thought Bozak would suffer after Phil Kessel was traded to Pittsburgh, but he has proved them wrong with a productive season on Toronto's second line. Despite playing behind Nazem Kadri on the depth chart, Bozak is one point behind team leaders James van Riemsdyk and Leo Komarov. He has 23 points in 29 games this year, which surprisingly is more than Kessel has (20 points) in 34 contests with the Penguins. Bozak has been clicking with linemates JVR and P. A. Parenteau. He has four goals, including a hat trick last Monday, and five assists in his past seven outings. Bozak also leads the Leafs with 305 faceoff wins and he has a 54.9 percent success rate on the draw this season.


Jonathan Marchessault (TBL) - C - Owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues


Marchessault had just four games of NHL experience in the regular season going into this year, but he has played in 19 contests in 2015-16 because of Tampa Bay's injury woes. He has been a valuable depth skater with five goals and five assists this campaign. Marchessault has compiled three goals and four helpers during a current six-game point streak. He has been lining up on the second unit with Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn. The Lightning may get reinforcements by the end of their homestand next week, but Marchessault is a good, under the radar filler until that happens.


Tyler Myers (WPG) - D - Owned in 16% of Yahoo leagues


Myers hasn't contributed much offensively for the Jets this season, but he has picked it up in that regard lately. He has collected two goals and four assists during a four-game scoring spree. Myers has 14 points in 34 matches after he posted 15 points in 24 appearances with Winnipeg last year following his acquisition from Buffalo. This confidence boost could be just what he needed to start his turnaround, so he's worth watching at the very least and I would gamble on him if you are looking for a defenseman.


Jamie McGinn (BUF) - Owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues


McGinn is still flying under the radar as he registers points for the Sabres. He has generated five goals and six helpers for 11 points in his last 13 games. McGinn has been meshing well with former Avalanche teammate and Buffalo's leading scorer Ryan O'Reilly. Ride him while he's hot.


Brock Nelson (NYI) - C - Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues


Nelson has been picking up steam and he's been playing with John Tavares. He has potted four goals and added one assist in his last seven games. Three of those markers have come in his past four contests. Nelson (12) is one goal behind Tavares (13) for the team lead and he has 20 points in 35 matches. He is also skating on the top power-play unit. The Islanders will get Kyle Okposo back in the lineup Sunday and if Nelson can stay on the top line then his fantasy value will get a big boost.


Marcus Johansson (WSH) - C, LW, RW - Owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues


Johansson isn't a stranger to picking up points in bunches and it looks like he is starting a productive stretch. He has two goals and three assists in his last four outings. Johansson plays with Evgeny Kuznetsov, who is enjoying a great sophomore season, and Justin Williams during even strength situations and he still gets to skate with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the top power-play unit. The potential is there for more production, but Johansson has to do his part by shooting more.


Jannik Hansen (VAN) - RW - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues


Hansen has made it onto Waiver Wired before when he has clicked with the Sedin twins and he is doing that again right now. He netted two goals, including the game winner, on Saturday versus Edmonton and he has six points in his past six games. Hansen ranks second on the Canucks with 12 goals this year and he is third on the team in scoring with 22 points in 37 matches. The only downside is that he doesn't get power-play time.


Magnus Paajarvi (STL) - LW, RW - Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues


Paajarvi appears to be gaining some traction in St. Louis after his previous two seasons with the Blues were unstable at best. Coach Ken Hitchcock loves the tempo and the pace that the big winger has brought, which is why he has been playing on the top line alongside Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny. Paajarvi has notched a goal and an assist in his last three matches and he logged 17:09 of ice time against Dallas on Saturday night. The 24-year-old is someone to keep an eye on in most formats, but I would probably hold off grabbing him unless your options are very limited or you like to experiment with waivers.


Louis Domingue (ARI) - G - Owned in 11% of Yahoo leagues


Mike Smith isn't expected to play until late February or early March because of a core muscle injury that required surgery. Anders Lindback has struggled this season, while Domingue has performed fairly well. He owns a 2-1-1 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.30 goals-against average in four appearances. The 23-year-old has some value as a depth fantasy puck stopper because he could be in line to see more action than Lindback while Smith is sidelined.

Corey Abbott

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