Top waiver adds of the week, including Erik Gustafsson

From ESPN - March 13, 2018

Every week, we will mine the waiver wire for widely available assets to help your fantasy hockey squad, whether you favor dynasty or the re-draft format, and we will toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Then, 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, and provide a list of players we now deem droppable in standard fantasy leagues.


Zach Parise, LW, Minnesota Wild (rostered in 39.3 percent of ESPN leagues)

Feeling fresher and better than he has in a long time, Parise is finally rediscovering his scoring touch. Four goals on 22 shots in six games strikes stark contrast to the measly three collected in his previous 24 contests following a lengthy back surgery recovery period. Not the worst timing from the 33-year-old sniper though, with the Wild endeavoring to keep a grip on third place in the Central Division, ahead of what they hope stretches into a productive playoff run. He's worth grabbing if available.

Ryan Spooner, C, New York Rangers (29.0 percent)

Making yet another appearance in this space since his trade from Boston, Spooner clearly merits a little more fantasy cheerleading in the season's concluding weeks. Competing on a Rangers' second scoring line with Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello, the former Bruin has two goals and 11 assists in his eight games with the Rangers. With his current contract expiring after the season, the 26-year-old RFA-to-be would do well to maintain that torrid pace as best he can.

Carl Soderberg, C, Colorado Avalanche (5.9 percent)

Another former Bruin is on a tear of his own in Colorado with eight points in six games, including three goals in his past two contests. Centering the Avalanche's third line, Soderberg is not likely to light it up for much longer and should be exploited ASAP, perhaps as a fleeting injury stand-in in deeper leagues or an unconventional daily fantasy asset in Grand Prize Pool play.

Frank Vatrano, RW, Florida Panthers (1.5 percent)

Last bit on a ex-Boston skater, I promise. Making his post-ankle injury Panthers debut on a scoring line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck, the 23-year-old scored a goal on five shots (plus-one) in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Rangers. After that striking introduction, it's a bit curious that Denis Malgin is instead earning another shot aside Huberdeau and Trocheck. Keep an eye to how it shakes out in the next few days. In any case, Vatrano remains in place on Florida's secondary power play.

Tyler Bertuzzi, C/LW, Detroit Red Wings (1.0 percent)

Skating on a top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist, Bertuzzi collected three assists in Monday's 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. He also logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time. In that spot, the 23-year-old rookie has the potential to finish up strong on a team already looking forward to what's next.


Erik Gustafsson, Chicago Blackhawks (2.9 percent)


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