Nash, Ryan and youngster Puljujarvi lead list of waiver adds

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

Every week, we will mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your fantasy hockey squad, whether you favor dynasty or the redraft format, and we will also toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Finally, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who might be overvalued -- in the short or long term -- for one reason or another.


Rick Nash, LW/RW, New York Rangers (Rostered in 27.6 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues)

Leading the Rangers with 65 shots, Nash has eight points in his past seven games, including three goals in the past couple of contests. While the thought of the power forward replicating his 42-goal output of three seasons ago feels too pie-in-sky, his comfy roles on a scoring line and the secondary power play suggest this hot trend could endure for some period. If possible, ride Nash while he's hot.

Bobby Ryan, LW/RW, Ottawa Senators (21.8 percent)

He's back. Returning from a broken finger, Ryan joins Mike Hoffman on the secondary scoring line and power play that now also includes center Matt Duchene. Off to an inspired start after last season's dismal showing, the former 30-plus-goal scorer is poised to quickly build on his six assists (plus-8) accrued though eight contests.

Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Carolina Hurricanes (17.4 percent)

The Hurricanes' top line has finally broken out. Adjacent center Jordan Staal, wingers Sebastian Aho and Teravainen exploded for four goals and three assists in Monday's 5-1 shellacking of the Dallas Stars (not including Staal's four helpers). That's more like it. Do not sleep on these two. It wo not be long before they warm back into consistent scoring form, following up on last season's first successful year together.

Alex DeBrincat, RW, Chicago Blackhawks (11.7 percent)

Erupting for five goals in his past six games, DeBrincat is making a solid case for consistent inclusion amongst Chicago's top six. It could happen sooner, rather than later. As it stands, the 19-year-old remains a scoring threat on a line with Patrick Sharp and on the power play with Jonathan Toews. Giving the Blackhawks organization little choice but to keep the former Erie Otter beyond his nine-game rookie audition, DeBrincat is clearly becoming increasingly comfortable, game by game. And he's shooting the puck more often.

Andreas Athanasiou, C/LW, Detroit Red Wings (7.5 percent)

As outlined in a recent edition of Fantasy 31, Athanasiou remains embedded on a top power play with Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, and on a scoring line with the former. We appreciate the extra incentive as a result of the one-year deal secured by the 23-year-old in an early-season holdout.

Erik Haula, LW, Vegas Golden Knights (7.5 percent)

With three goals and three helpers in four games, Vegas' second-line center is clearly jiving nicely with wingers David Perron and James Neal. The 26-year-old former member of the Wild is also competing on the Knights' No. 1 power play.

Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Edmonton Oilers (1.4 percent)

Through two games after being called up from the AHL, Puljujarvi has a goal (plus-1) on six shots, four hits and a blocked shot while skating on a scoring line and power play with Milan Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. How long the 2016 fourth-overall draft selection endures this stint with the Oilers will largely depend on (A) the duration in which Anton Slepyshev (groin) remains on IR, and (B) his own performance. A strong enough showing could extend Puljujarvi's stay, even once Slepyshev is ready to return.



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