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WW: Berra and bounce backs

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

Mikhail Grigorenko is your bonus player for this instalment after he was promoted to a line with Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon. He had a three-point performance, including his first goal of the year, on Saturday versus Montreal. Grigorenko also picked up an assist on Duchene's game winner against Boston this past Thursday after he took Gabriel Landeskog's spot on Colorado's first line. Landeskog was ejected from that game with the Bruins because of a high hit and has one match left to serve on his two-game suspension.

 

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Reto Berra (COL) - G - Owned in 26% of Yahoo leagues

 

In 2014-15, the Avalanche didn't have much trust in Berra, who posted a 5-4-1 record to go with a .918 save percentage and a 2.65 goals-against average. When Semyon Varlamov missed time due to injury, Colorado used minor-league call up Calvin Pickard as their starter, but this season has been a different story. Berra has been superb between the pipes and has been earning extra game action over Varlamov, who is sidelined again now with a groin injury. Berra has won three games in a row, while permitting just three goals. He owns a league-leading .953 save percentage and a 1.50 GAA. Grab him if you need some help in your crease.

 

Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) - D - Owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues

 

Ristolainen has been one of the hotter defensemen over the past seven days. He has registered three goals and three assists over a four-game point streak. The 21-year-old blueliner is second on the Sabres with five power-play points and he has six at even strength. Ristolainen is averaging a team-high 24:24 of ice time this season and he logged a personal best 29:01 in Saturday's overtime loss to San Jose. He is also tied for second among all NHL defensemen with four multi-point games. Ristolainen is making great progress in his third NHL season and he is displaying the potential that made him the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Leon Draisaitl (EDM) - C- Owned in 32% of Yahoo leagues

 

If he is still available in your fantasy league then don't delay any longer and pick him up. Draisaitl has been racking up points since making his season debut on Oct. 29. He has generated five goals and 13 points in eight contests, while seeing most of his playing time alongside Taylor Hall. Losing Connor McDavid to a broken clavicle was devastating for the Oilers, but the great play of Draisaitl has helped soften the blow.

 

Jannik Hansen (VAN) - RW - Owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues

 

Hansen started the season with a four-game scoring spree before going pointless in his next seven outings. He got off on the right foot in November though with a goal in two straight games and then he was back on the top line with the Sedin twins. Hansen enjoyed a four-point performance against Columbus on Nov. 10 and he scored his fifth goal of the year in Saturday's loss to Toronto. Getting ice time with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin makes him worthy of a flier, especially since he has proven in the past that he can pile up points in bunches.

 

Brock Nelson (NYI) - C - Owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues

 

Nelson has been occupying the left wing slot alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. He has posted two goals and two assists over a modest three-game point streak. Nelson also had a hot start to the season, with a point in five of his first six outings, before struggling at the end of October. He has picked it up again this month. Nelson had 20 goals and 42 points last year and he's on pace for similar numbers this campaign.

 

Boone Jenner (CBJ) - C - Owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues

 

Jenner registered his ninth goal of the season and his sixth marker in his last 10 games in Saturday's win against Arizona. He has 10 points in his past 10 contests. Jenner has been great on the power play, where he has posted four goals and six points. He had been meshing nicely with Brandon Dubinsky, who is expected to miss two-to-three weeks with an upper-body injury, but he didn't miss a beat when he moved to a line with Ryan Johansen on Saturday. Jenner is a great replacement if you had Dubinsky, as he plays a similar style. He can provide hits along with points.

 

Rickard Rakell (ANA) - C - Owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues

 

Rakell has been playing on Anaheim's top line alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. The move has worked out well for the 22-year-old Swede as he has five points in his last four appearances. Rakell had just a goal and an assist in his previous 10 matches. Perry and Getzlaf move through wingers quite regularly so take advantage of Rakell's promotion and point surge while you can.

 

Mika Zibanejad (OTT) - C, RW - Owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues

 

Zibanejad has picked up an assist in five straight games to give him 13 points in 17 games this season. He is still sitting on two goals and hasn't scored since Oct. 22, but he's playing alongside a red-hot Bobby Ryan which will lead to more points and more opportunities to end his goalless slump. Ryan has amassed five goals and six assists in his last 10 games.

 

Oscar Klefbom (EDM) - D - Owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues

 

Klefbom flashed some potential last season when he scored in spurts during a 20-point year. He already has half of that total after 18 games this campaign. Klefbom has notched two goals and six assists in his last 10 outings. He has contributed three points on the power play and he has been getting time on the top unit lately. The 22-year-old defender has averaged 21:40 of ice time on the team's second pairing, while collecting 18 hits and 38 blocks as well.

 

Jared Spurgeon (MIN) - D - Owned in 13% of Yahoo leagues

 

Spurgeon, who hit 25 points last year and 26 the season before, has been racking up points from the back end this campaign. He is riding a five-game point streak (one goal, five assists) and he has 11 points in his past 11 matches. Spurgeon has chipped in three power-play points and two shorthanded points during that span. He won't maintain his current pace, but he will continue to contribute points and blocks over the course of the year.

Corey Abbott

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