Virtual Hockey Waiver Watch – Mikael Granlund Scores

Every week we’ll mine the waivers for lesser-known properties to help your team, whether you’re a fan of dynasty or redraft, and we’ll also offer some tips for those play DFS out there. Finally, we’ll take a look at some previously imagined assets that may have been overvalued – in the short or long term – for one reason or another.


Striker

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Mikael Granlund, C / LW, Nashville Predators (Participated in 44.0% of ESPN.com tournaments): After focusing on both Matt Duchene and Filip Forsberg in this space in recent weeks, it’s been an occasion (again) to herald at their heart the talented player responsible in part for the wingers’ early-season success and as an underappreciated imaginary property in his own right. Granlund has 21 assists for the year, third in the NHL with four fewer than independent lead Connor McDavid. When Duchene or Forsberg is getting the ball into the net, chances are Granlund will step in and help keep the action going. Score five more goals for himself, and the 29-year-old is averaging 1.9 fantasy/competition points in ESPN’s standard leagues. He deserves a refresher in all but the shallowest imaginary competition.

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Reilly Smith, RW, Vegas Golden Knights (41.6%): One of the Golden Knights’ most consistent players overall this season, Smith has been contributing at a steady pace since late October. After a slow start with two assists in five games, the bridge The second winger has scored 10 goals and 7 assists in 15 matches. Those numbers are down more than Smith’s seasonal run during his first three years in Vegas, before struggling to contribute during last winter’s pandemic shortening campaign. With Max Pacioretty Sitting out all but seven games so far, the 30-year-old also leads his squad with 75 shots. Have a health William Karlsson back as his daily center will only help Smith maintain a high productivity pace as the Knights move forward with fewer injuries altogether.

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Rickard Rakell, C / RW, Anaheim Ducks (22.0%): Since recovering from an upper-body injury, Rakell has had four goals and two assists in seven games for the Ducks. While the scoring line of Adam Henrique, Ryan Getzlaf (currently using IR) and Troy Terry and has garnered a lot of attention this season, and deservedly so, Rakell, Trevor Zegras (29.7%) and Sonny Milano (5.2%) is also a unit worth looking at. Before stumbling across the COVID-19 condensate and change campaign last winter, like many other players, Rickard was averaging 0.73 points/game over his previous four seasons at Anaheim.

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Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, Los Angeles Kings (12.0%): On a five-game record, Arvidsson has two goals and five assists (2 with the additional skater) on 21 shots since November 24 – earning 3.3 fantasy points / contest of his devoted managers. The 28-year-old – an aggressive goalscorer in his early days with the Predator – deserves a refresher during this productive time, especially in the club’s premier power play. . The Kings visit the struggling Canucks on Monday.

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Dryden Hunt, LW, New York Ranger (0.4%): Pointing units include Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, and Hunt is the best of the ultimate Rangers. Promoted from his usual fourth-line role, the NHL career concurrent player has a pair of goals, three assists, eight shots, nine on target and one block in four games his past battle. They all averaged 2.3 fantasy/contest scores in ESPN.com’s benchmarks competition. Not bad. While Dryden’s professional background implies that this gig is unlikely to last, New York have won six straight and 10 of their past 11 games. If nothing else, consider making Dryden a less conventional everyday fantasy item in the coming days. Rangers face the Blackhawks, Avalanche, Sabers and Predators this week.

See more: Mats Zuccarello, RW, Minnesota Wild (39.2%); Marcus Foligno, RW/LW, Minnesota Wild (26.9%); Yanni Gourde, LW, Seattle Kraken (20.7%)

Defender

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Adam Boqvist, Columbus blue jacket (9.3%): That’s better. The young defender seems to be finally settling in with his new squad, after losing a few games through injury. Five goals and three assists – including three on power play – in seven games suggest the former Blackhawk player should be placed on the list of leagues that value scoring above all else. Drafted for the eighth time by Chicago in 2018, Boqvist is still just going on.

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Sean Durzi, Los Angeles Kings (6.7%): One of the more productive NHL launches we’ve seen from a blueliner in a while. Three points from his first two games proved enough to extend the 23-year-old’s stay with the Kings, even if he is fit. Drew Doughty work again (Olli Maatta currently sitting as an odd defender out). Now, Durzi has up to five points in five competitions, all of which are counted by the additional skater. On a tear with Reign before he was summoned, the OHL ex-celeb could last longer in Los Angeles than many of us anticipated. Consider enlisting his fantasy help, if only for a limited time, in deeper fantasy leagues or as a DFS pick. Durzi should have been widely talked about as an asset of the dynasty.

See more: Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild (22.5%); Noah Dobson, New York Islanders (5.0%)

Goalie

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Petr Mrazek, Toronto Maple Leafs (14.0%): Never mind the four goals conceded in the Marlies’ 5-1 loss to Laval, mostly thanks to the rough play of the AHL team up front, what’s more important is that Mrazek is reported to feel and looked pretty good in his first competitive appearance since late October. According to the keeper himself, the groin injury that has sidelined him for most of this season should not be an issue (“absolutely not a problem”). don’t feel it”). Great news. I’m guessing there will be one or two more appearances in the underage group, perhaps in Springfield on Friday, then maybe again in Providence Sunday, in order before this condition ends, but if all goes well, we should see Mrazek back in his Leafs uniform shortly. As backup for Jack Campbell, the 10-year veteran presents as a valuable streaming or DFS option for a surging Toronto team (aside from Winnipeg Sunday). Monitor his recovery.

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Ville Husso, St Louis Blues (4.4%): The Blues net belongs to Husso while No. 1 Jordan Binnington Most of this week will follow the tournament’s COVID-19 protocol. St. Louis hosts Florida on Tuesday before hosting the Red Wings on Thursday. Binnington then qualified for one of the weekend’s head-to-head matches with the visiting Canadianiens and Ducks, predictably remaining the club’s No. Overall, it’s forecast to be a successful 26-year-old week. As a trauma surrogate or DFS asset, Husso becomes a valuable fantasy commodity in the days to come.

Lower expectations

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Jeff Petry, NS, Montreal Canada (74.6%): Two equal strength assists across 25 competitions and now he’s on a hiatus due to an upper-body injury. A trusted fantasy performer for Team Canada since 2017-18, Petry, like his teammates, is struggling this fall. And there is no bright light at the end of the tunnel in sight. Montreal have lost all three of their games since Jeff Gorton was hired as the club’s new CEO of Hockey Operations and Unofficial-GM-current, allowing for a total of 10 goals. . Mostly the fault of Gorton, who barely had time to take off his jacket, but the team seemed as bored as ever with Marc Bergevin out the door. If they’re not buying 100% of what coach Dominique Ducharme is selling, why not just change coaches? Why commit to Ducharme for the rest of the season? Even an interim number given before a new GM hires its own candidate could, possibly, ignite a small fire in the meantime. As it turned out bleakly, until the club found a solution to whatever was ailing, Petry and most of his teammates served less than the dead weight imaginable.

On the subject of head coach changes, outside of Montreal we had two changes in just a few hours. With GM Jim Benning, Coach Travis Green was let go in Vancouver on Sunday, before Alain Vigneault and assistant Michel Therrien lost their positions in Philadelphia on Monday. Through the lens of antiseptic fantasy, I recommend keeping your underperforming Canucks and Flyers for a while longer. Changes behind the bench often – not always but often enough – lead to inspiring players to do better. Check out this space on Thursday for more on how they first responded to Bruce Boudreau and Mike Yeo (temporarily) in Vancouver and Philadelphia, respectively.

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