Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 24
If your league’s playoffs are underway and you’re reading this, congratulations. You are either still in it to win it, or you are definitely not a quitter. One trend to look into this week are youngsters getting a shot now that their teams are officially out of the postseason running. Clubs like Ottawa, Detroit, Anaheim, and Los Angeles might as well see what they have in the cupboard, so you may be able to scour those lineups for an up-and-coming prospect.
Tyson Jost (COL): 1%
A top-10 pick in the 2016 draft, Jost has definitely underwhelmed so far in Colorado. Signed after playing only one year in college, perhaps another year there (or in the minors) would have been the wise route. Jost, who can play wing as well, may get more ice time with Gabriel Landeskog sidelined due to an upper-body injury. Colorado is trying desperately to get back in the playoff race, and if Jost can light the lamp in the next couple of games, he may find himself on the top line down the stretch.
Tyler Bozak (STL): 3%
St. Louis has made a remarkable turnaround this year, and it’s a team nobody wants to face in the playoffs if securing a spot. St. Louis is juggling lines with players who can handle both center and wing, but Bozak currently is slotted as the second line pivot. He’s averaging a respectable 16:29 minutes of ice time and is also on the number one power-play unit.
Troy Terry (ANH): 8%
With eight points in his last eight games, Terry is a youngster getting his chance on a decimated Ducks team with new coach Bob Murray (who happens to be the G.M.). A point-per-game scorer in college, Terry could be a long-term answer in Anaheim and is currently playing on the third line with Adam Henrique and Nick Ritchie. That is a pretty solid third line, and Terry will be out to impress his general manager down the stretch.
Andre Burakovsky (WAS): 3%
Burakovsky may be teasing us again with six points in his last nine games, but the upside is still tantalizing on a powerhouse team like the Caps. If he can work his way up to the top six, you’re playing with house money here.
Oskar Lindblom (PHI): 3%
Lindblom has quietly worked his way into Philly’s lineup, and recently onto its top line. Scoring only 34 points in the AHL last year, he was not exactly a hot topic coming into the year. However, he’s worth a pickup if he can stay in a top-six role. He’s also slated to play on the second power-play unit, and the Flyers have a lot of offensive talent around him.
Marcus Sorensen (SJ): 1%
The Sharks are one of the absolute best teams in finding late-round forwards who develop into solid offensive contributors (Joe Pavelski, Kevin Labanc, Joonas Donskoi, etc.), and Sorensen may join that list. Currently slated on the third line with Labanc and Joe Thornton, he may see an increase in ice time (from 12:38) down the stretch if he keeps up his current pace (seven points in the last six games).
Brett Pesce (CAR): 2%
Pesce is an underrated player on an underrated team in a quiet market. Averaging 20 minutes per game, Pesce has scored eight points and is +9 in his last 10 games. He is on the second defensive pairing with Justin Faulk and is nearly on pace for a 30-point season. He’s a depth guy, but Pesce seems to have found his offensive game lately.
MacKenzie Weegar (FLA): 2%
Weegar, a former seventh-round pick who toiled in the AHL for three seasons, is another sleeper making the most of his shot with the big club. Joining Keith Yandle on the second defensive pairing is a good gig, and he is producing lately. With six points (and a +9 rating) in his last six games, Weegar should continue to receive a regular shift down the stretch.
Sam Montembeault (FLA): 4%
Probably out of time to make a playoff run, the Panthers may roll the dice with their young goalie. Montembeault’s stats are much better (albeit in a small sample size) than James Reimer and Roberto Luongo, and stranger things have happened than a young goalie playing great at the end of the season.
Brendan Lemieux (NYR): 2%
Lemieux has a fresh start with the Rangers after his recent trade from Winnipeg. He can definitely provide a much-needed physical presence and has decent offensive talent. With five points in his last eight games (along with 29 penalty minutes), he has made his mark to date. A top-six role is not out of the question on a rebuilding Rangers team.