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Waiver Wired

Wired: Murray set to fill in

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

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Saturday night that Steven Stamkos will miss one-to-three months because of a blood clot in his arm, so keep an eye out for a possible call-up for Jonathan Drouin. The Bolts need some offensive help and Drouin has netted 11 goals and 13 points in 17 games with Syracuse of the AHL. He is worth an add if he gets recalled.

 

Hopefully, you are the champion by now in your fantasy league. This will be the last edition of Waiver Wired for the 2015-16 season. If your league is still going on then here are some picks to close out before we gear up for the playoffs.

 

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Matt Murray (PIT) - G - Owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues

 

Several fantasy GMs have already jumped on Murray after word broke that Marc-Andre Fleury was suffering from another concussion on Saturday. Murray filled in for Fleury in a matinee match against the New York Islanders and he posted a 24-save shutout. There is no timetable yet for Fleury's return, so Murray could see most of Pittsburgh's games down the final stretch. He has played well when called upon this season, with a 6-2-1 record, a 1.86 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.

 

Nick Bonino (PIT) - C - Owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues

 

Bonino was recommended in this spot last week as well, but he's worth mentioning again. He broke out in March with five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 16 games after he had 11 points in his previous 42 contests. Bonino is centering the second line because of Evgeni Malkin's injury and his linemate Phil Kessel has been red hot at the end of the year.

 

Joe Colborne (CGY) - C, LW, RW - Owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues

 

Colborne has also picked up his scoring pace late in the year. He racked up seven goals and six helpers in the month of March and followed that up with a two-point performance versus Edmonton on Saturday. Colborne has five multi-point efforts in the last 10 matches and three of them have come in his past four outings. He is playing with Mikael Backlund and Lance Bouma on Calgary's second line, but he is also getting time on the top power-play unit with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau.

 

Chad Johnson (BUF) - G - Owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues

 

Johnson has done well this season while Robin Lehner has been on the sidelines because of an ankle issue. Lehner won't play for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign, so Johnson will get to finish as Buffalo's number one goalie. He has held that position for most of the year, while posting a 21-16-4 record along with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. He has won his last two appearances, including a 4-3 victory versus the Rangers on Saturday. Johnson will probably play at least two of the Sabres remaining three games, which means he could play New Jersey, Columbus or the Islanders.

 

Nick Bjugstad (FLA) - C - Owned in 26% of Yahoo leagues

 

Bjugstad has moved onto Florida's second line because a foot injury has knocked Vincent Trocheck out of the lineup for the rest of the regular season. He posted an assist and eight shots in Saturday's 4-3 comeback win over Montreal. Bjugstad should finish the season on a high note. He was starting to get going offensively on the third line before moving to a combination between Jussi Jokinen and Reilly Smith. He is also getting time on the top power-play unit with Jonathan Huberdeau, Jaromir Jagr and Aleksander Barkov.

 

J.T. Miller (NYR) - C - Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues

 

Miller has had a productive year, while picking up personal bests in goals (22), assists (21) and points (43). He also has a plus-11 rating, 46 penalty minutes and 127 shots in 78 games. Miller has notched five goals and four assists in his past 12 games, including three markers and one helper in the last five. Miller is skating on the top line with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash. The Rangers play four games this week to finish the regular season, so he will have more opportunities to add to his new career highs.

 

Jannik Hansen (VAN) - RW - Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues

 

The Canucks were struggling badly until the last game of March against San Jose when they posted a 4-2 win. Vancouver earned a 3-2 victory versus Anaheim to open April and Hansen registered four points, including three assists, during those two contests. He is playing with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, which typically provides him with a boost. The Canucks open the last week of the year against Los Angeles, but then they play Edmonton twice and Calgary once. The potential for more points is there for Hansen, who has one goal and three points in four games versus the Flames and two goals in two outings against the Oilers this season.

 

Matt Beleskey (BOS) - LW - Owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues

 

Beleskey has recorded a goal and an assist in two of his last three games. The two-point performances snapped lengthy scoring droughts for the 27-year-old winger. David Krejci picked up two goals and two assists versus St. Louis on Friday and if he can heat up down the final stretch of the season then Beleskey should be in store for a good finish as well.

 

Victor Rask (CAR) - C - Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues

 

Rask has collected five goals and one assist in the last six games. He skates with Jeff Skinner at even strength and he plays on the top power-play unit where he has posted two goals in the last four matches. He has seven goals and 10 points in the past 15 games.

 

Zach Bogosian (BUF) - D - Owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues

 

Bogosian has picked it up for the Sabres. He has contributed three goals and 10 points in the last 16 games. He has also amassed 28 penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating during that span. Bogosian has one goal and three assists over a three-game point streak.

Corey Abbott

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