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The Wire Troll: Jason Zucker Producing For Wild

October 30, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Jason Zucker is racking up the assists for the Minnesota Wild.
Jason Zucker is proving very productive as a fourth line player. (Foxsports.com)

It’s been another great week of Fantasy hockey, folks!

We’re not sure what we’re more surprised about — Montreal’s undefeated start (well, no regulation losses), Edmonton’s rise to the top of the Western Conference or the fact Minnesota leads all NHL teams in goals. What we’re not surprised about is that Connor McDavid leads all NHLers in points with 12. Remember, we predicted it at the start of the season (well, we thought it, and assumed you all picked up on that telepathically).

On to this week’s waiver wire recommendations!

Jason Zucker, LW, Minnesota Wild (ESPN: 2.3 per cent; Yahoo: 2 per cent): Zucker may be playing on Coach Bruce Boudreau’s fourth line, but he’s far from a “fourth line player.” Zucker, the 2010 59th overall pick, has risen like a Phoenix from the ashes this season playing alongside centres like Erik Haula, Zac Dalpe and Joel Eriksson Ek. In three games last week, Zucker put up two goals, five points, a plus-6 rating and five shots on goal. Minnesota has to decide whether or not to commit to Zucker or leave him exposed to the new expansion club in Las Vegas. A native of Sin City, he may be playing himself into a more permanent role in St. Paul, especially if he keeps flashing crazy playmaking ability like in the video below.

Sam Bennett, C, Calgary Flames (ESPN: 39.8 per cent; Yahoo: 19 per cent): No player has more points in the last week than Bennett. The Flames’ top pick from 2014 has three goals, six points, a plus-3 rating, eight penalty minutes, a power play point and eight shots on goal in four games. He’s only averaging 12:51 of ice-time per game, but Bennett is obviously making the most of it. Calgary is young. Calgary is talented. Calgary will eventually be perennial playoff contenders, and youngsters like Bennett are a big reason why.

Vladislav Namestnikov, C/LW, Tampa Bay Lightning (ESPN: 9.4 per cent; Yahoo: 12 per cent): Another exciting youngster — one of many in the Tampa Bay fold — Namestnikov has two goals, four points, a plus-4 rating, four penalty minutes, three power play points and seven shots on goal in three games.

Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Minnesota Wild (ESPN: 2.3 per cent; Yahoo: 2 per cent): We mentioned Eriksson Ek as a Calder dark horse at the start of the season, then mentioned him again above. It’s not hard to see why. The 2015 20th overall selection sits ninth in rookie scoring with two goals and five points, but leaps to third — just behind Auston Matthews and William Nylander — in points-per-game average while skating more than five minutes fewer per game than Toronto’s dynamic duo. Can Eriksson Ek keep it up? We’ll see, but he’s playing with great players and creating scoring chances for himself and his teammates. Yes, the Swedish Elite League has likely seen the last of Eriksson Ek.

Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit Red Wings (ESPN: 25.1 per cent; Yahoo: 43 per cent): Howard is no longer the Red Wings’ starter, but he can still pitch a shutout when needed. Howard was perfect last week, and will serve well as a third string goaltender for your Fantasy team.

Rookie of the Week

Matthews got the nod last week; this week, it’s his teammate, Nylander. The Leafs top pick in 2014 collected three goals, four points, a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, two power play points and 15 shots on goal.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy hockey waiver wire pick of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: Charlie Coyle Powers Surging Wild

February 21, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Eaves hasn’t been a big Fantasy contributor in his career or even this season, but he’s had a big string of success in recent games that should at least command part of your attention. In his past seven contests, the Dallas winger has managed to collect four goals (three coming on a hat trick), seven points, a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, three power play goals, 15 shots on goal, 14 hits and a blocked shot. It’s impressive, but Eaves still only has seven goals, 12 points and 61 shots on goal in 39 games played this season.
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The Wire Troll: Matt Dumba Shining for Dismal Wild

February 14, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
In the past six games, Dumba has two goals, six points, a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, two power play goals, 19 shots on goal, eight hits and four blocked shots. With a change in coaching staff, the former seventh overall pick could see an expanded role in all game situations, making him even more valuable to Fantasy GMs.
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The Wire Troll: Jared Spurgeon Surging in St. Paul

November 15, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
A 16-goal, 33-point scorer last season, Hansen is off to a considerably good start this season with five goals, 11 points, a plus-10 rating, four penalty minutes, 33 shots on goal, eight hits and seven blocked shots in 18 games this season. Don’t expect him to consistently produce, but he could be a savvy pick in leagues with many teams and a very shallow free agent pool.
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2014-15 NHL Wire Troll All-Star Team

April 26, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Downie had just 14 goals, 28 points and a plus-2 rating, but his 238 minutes in the sin bin made him a beyond valuable asset in leagues with penalty minutes as a statistical category. He also contributed in the hit department.
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