Waiver Watch: Pickups of the Week
Each week, we’ll be looking at three players to pick up on the waiver-wire to help your squad, whether it is a points league or a stat category based league.
Here are the players you should consider adding to your rosters this week.
Alexander Wennberg- Columbus Blue Jackets
3 Goals, 14 Assists, 17 Points, +6, PIM, SOG 19, ATOI 17:08
Wennberg is averaging a point per game this season with eight power-play assists and he added a power-play goal to his name Sunday afternoon against the Washington Capitals. Through 16 games, Wennberg has 17 points and is heading for a career year after tallying 40 points in his final 56 games last year.
The 22-year old Swede should on your radar and hopefully on your waiver wire. Definitely grab him and better yet, deploy him in your lineup.
Anthony Stolarz- Philadelphia Flyers
0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%, 0 shutouts
Don’t let the zeros frighten you. Stolarz was recalled by the Flyers last week when Michael Neuvirth was ruled out for 4-to-6 weeks with a lower body injury.
Head coach Dave Hakstol, should consider giving the youngster his first NHL start. Stolarz is a good pick up if you’re in dire need of another goalie considering Steve Mason has struggled this year. Mason has posted a 3-5-2 record with a horrendous .880 save percentage. Stolarz has been thriving in the minors as he is 6-2-0 with a 2.39 GAA and one shutout. He has the tools to develop into a long-term starting goaltender.
The Flyers have back-to-back games on Nov. 22nd and 23rd against the Florida Panthers and the Stamkos-less Tampa Bay Lightning. Stolarz could make an appearance in either game.
Vladislav Namestnikov- Tampa Bay Lightning
3 Goals, 6 Assists, +3, 8 PIM, 32 SOG, 15:00 ATOI
The Tampa Bay Lightning will once again have to prove to everyone that they can win without Captain Steven Stamkos. Namestnikov got a big promotion when Stamkos was injured as he will centre the first line. Namestnikov will be playing with Onderj Palat, and Nikita Kuvherov. He is also skating on the first power-play unit and already has five PPP this season. He’s worth a look in the deeper leagues for fantasy hockey.
Namestnikov recored two assists in a 4-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings last Tuesday and will look to continue to build off his point total from last season.