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Myth Hockey Waiver Wire: Jonathan Swiftly desires to be rostered in more leagues amid Igor Shesterkin’s struggles

Lucas Raymond #23 of the Detroit Red Wings.

Lucas Raymond has posted three targets and 12 assists within the previous 15 video games, making him a large waiver wire pickup in story leagues. (Photograph by Dave Reginek/NHLI by Getty Images)

By Evan Berofsky, RotoWire

Particular to Yahoo Sports

Player inclusion for this column in most cases comes because of the how they’ve done honest no longer too prolonged within the past. The challenge with that is the actual fact the time desk has been light the final couple of weeks.

The lack of accurate-existence motion makes digging into the stats way more foremost. And, after all, it be luminous to cling updated on the most contemporary news so you might presumably have the choice to cling note of any line upgrade/demotion or swap in peril.

Let’s watch which 14 gamers made the lower.

(Rostered rates as of Feb. 9)

Forwards

Lucas Raymond, Detroit Red Wings (Yahoo: 50%)

We’re picking a participant exactly at 50% as a result of favorable latest results (and we’ll be concentrated on gamers above that roster rate within the opposite two sections). Raymond might presumably no longer cling always received high positioning this season, but he’s on tempo to beat the 57 parts he established as a rookie. His placement has positively improved skating alongside Dylan Larkin at both 5-on-5 and the reside vitality play. And if we poke again 15 video games, Raymond has racked up three targets and 12 assists on 17:51 an evening, including 2:35 while up a man.

Mason Marchment, Dallas Stars (Yahoo: 36%)

When Marchment became once first featured in gradual November, he had been trending up while easiest sitting at 4% coverage. Needless to assert, his numbers cling vastly grown since, as he’s reeled off 29 parts and 59 photos. Dallas’ 2d line has been very honest correct all year, and Marchment is the easiest one from that trio who’s essentially been overpassed in story as Matt Duchene is long previous in 77% of Yahoo leagues and Tyler Seguin in 56%. Marchment adds imprint having already hit a profession excessive in vitality-play parts with six on the Stars’ backup unit that contains the aforementioned linemates and a pair of promising gamers in Wyatt Johnston and Thomas Harley.

Reilly Smith, Pittsburgh Penguins (Yahoo: 22%)

To claim Smith’s first year in Pittsburgh has been disappointing might presumably maybe be … entirely handsome. On the least, 20 parts from his first 40 video games is rarely any longer what became once envisioned for someone who persistently scored in Vegas. Smith would then poke on to omit the subsequent six contests with an upper-body peril. He returned Tuesday on a line with Evgeni Malkin at even-energy and a house on what became once view to be the lead man-reduction, though shifts regarded as if it’s miles also evenly disbursed amongst both teams. With the Pens combating for a wild card, Smith need to cling the prospect to cover his offensive skills subsequent to above-moderate skill. There had been reports of him no longer becoming in, however the easiest consideration from a story standpoint is his history of authentic output. And if that does no longer materialize soon adequate, you might presumably have the choice to always toss Smith again.

Trent Frederic, Boston Bruins (Yahoo: 21%)

Frederic got some consideration after managing 17 targets and 14 assists all over his 2d rotund-time desk season. He regarded to proceed that momentum into the most contemporary marketing campaign, though early returns proved erratic. It wasn’t unless Frederic received further ice time that his production improved as he’s registered 19 parts, 39 photos, 25 PIM, 44 hits, 21 blocks and a plus-15 within the final two months. He is essentially operated all around the bottom half of the Bruins’ depth chart, though he’s moreover performed alongside a pair of of the bigger names and performed successfully.

Nicholas Paul, Tampa Bay Lightning (Yahoo: 18%)

Need to you are holding down a sweet gig surrounded by elite scorers, it be your job no longer to clutter issues up. The Bolts boast the NHL’s easiest vitality play with a success rate of 30%. Paul appropriate occurs to be segment of that having contributed 11 PPPs. He became once moreover occupying a fashioned house subsequent to Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point unless honest no longer too prolonged within the past being switched again to the soar of the 2d line. Paul’s a natural heart and restful takes adequate faceoffs, though the opposite situation in relation to guarantees a high-six design. As prolonged as he stays all around the upper half of the lineup, he’ll work in any story roster.

Max Pacioretty, Washington Capitals (Yahoo: 19%)

Pacioretty has been identified in latest years as someone who underwent again-to-again Achilles surgical procedures. There is the evident worry, but there might be a doable reward that comes with a sniper who potted on the least 30 targets on six times. Pacioretty returned handsome after Fresh Year’s, and it took him unless Game 3 to notch his first level. A week-and-a-half later would watch him procure his first PPP. Pacioretty finds himself in familiar territory on the reside man-reduction, the attach he once tallied double-digits 10 times across an 11-season span. With that in his repertoire and an increasing shot rate, he makes for an exact pickup.

Ilya Mikheyev, Vancouver Canucks (Yahoo: 4%)

Pius Suter became once talked about two weeks within the past as someone who’s benefited from becoming a member of forces with J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser. Mikheyev is in a identical peril beside Elias Pettersson and Elias Lindholm at 5-on-5. Sadly, he hasn’t done famous with the different, as he’s easiest recorded a single lend a hand from his final 10 outings. Mikheyev has moreover come up empty as a member of the Canucks’ 2d vitality play. In response to how potent their offense has been, you might presumably maybe presumably as successfully wait and watch how he performs within the subsequent couple appearances sooner than including him.

Ondrej Palat, Fresh Jersey Devils (Yahoo: 2%)

Palat neglected important time to hurt over parts of several seasons, and the soon-to-be 33-year-susceptible is rarely any longer getting any younger. He enjoyed a prolonged tenure in Tampa with two Cups and heaps parts. Palat didn’t end hundreds sooner than being sidelined for 3 weeks with a lower-body peril. And since coming again, he’s straight clicked with Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt to post three targets and two assists in four matchups. Palat has confirmed all over his profession he is also story-relevant when teamed up with decent skill, so let’s hope the most contemporary placement holds.

Defensemen

Noah Hanifin, Calgary Flames (Yahoo: 56%)

Hanifin has been busy the final month, accumulating 11 parts, 36 photos and 19 blocks. He is easiest registered one PPP over that stretch, but that came on Tuesday within the produce of a purpose on the reside unit. Hanifin became once easiest honest no longer too prolonged within the past promoted to that team and need to restful sooner or later swap spots with Rasmus Andersson or MacKenzie Weegar, but he’s there now and that marker need to restful lend a hand his probabilities to prevent there. His prospects are further improved by a 24-minute moderate and a lead instant-handed role, though a doable pass to a contender would presumably limit his output.

Jeremy Lauzon, Nashville Predators (Yahoo: 37%)

I’ve been tempted to embody Lauzon for some time in accordance to a persistently excessive Yahoo ranking, so here he is. Like Kaiden Guhle final week, Lauzon boasts a double-digit single-game fulfillment with 12 hits on Jan. 15. And that figure is rarely any longer an anomaly involving about he comfortably leads the league with 202. Lauzon moreover contributes to the opposite bodily areas with 74 blocks and 66 PIM. At 5 targets and three assists overall, manufacture no longer search data from him to in most cases receive the scoresheet, but when you are making an strive for a boost within the secondary stats, Lauzon is a welcome boost.

Damon Severson, Columbus Blue Jackets (Yahoo: 2%)

No topic how famous blended skill an NHL crew presents, poolies will in most cases hesitate to construct gamers from lesser facets if they are no longer persistently producing. So it shouldn’t be a surprise a pair of Blue Jackets cling featured on this column all around the season. By way of their blueliners, Zach Werenski (62%) is admittedly the easiest one who’s been deemed safe for story consumption. Whereas Ivan Provorov (14%) has done decently, his accomplice Severson has posted comparable stats from 15 fewer contests. The duo moreover piece time on Columbus’ 2d man-reduction. Severson might presumably no longer be lights it up, but there might be adequate snide-category work to warrant more coverage.

Shakir Mukhamadullin, San Jose Sharks (Yahoo: 1%)

Since being drafted twentieth overall in 2020, Mukhamadullin compiled an excellent correct KHL season and became once traded by Jersey final February as segment of the Timo Meier deal. Following a standout effort within the minors, he made his massive-league debut handsome sooner than the destroy, the attach he logged three video games with a PPA, two photos, two hits and six blocks from the closing outing. Mukhamadullin became once then despatched backtrack, though he participated within the AHL All-Star Game while San Jose stays within the center of a 13-day layoff. As he’s projected to be a key contributor and the Sharks are no longer going any place, it’s miles also a shock if he weren’t with the father or mother membership after they resume play.

Goaltenders

Joonas Korpisalo, Ottawa Senators (Yahoo: 52%)

Despite a awful offense, the Sens cling once again didn’t carry within the standings. The blame would appear to lie with a thirtieth-ranked GAA, though that quantity’s honest no longer too prolonged within the past improved thanks to a 2.19 from Korpisalo over his final seven appearances – and that functions giving up four targets in half a game. With Anton Forsberg no longer but again, Mads Sogaard struggling and now within the AHL, and procure in touch with-up Kevin Mandolese light on journey, search data from Korpisalo to tackle the bulk of the Ottawa starts. And with the membership coping with four weaker defenses the subsequent week, maybe that’ll lead to a pair wins for the Finn.

Jonathan Swiftly, Fresh York Rangers (Yahoo: 44%)

Igor Shesterkin hasn’t fared particularly successfully to this point in 2024, having posted a 3.25 GAA and .863 attach percentage covering 10 outings. Over the identical length, Swiftly has countered with a 1.98/.925 line across six matchups. And he’s began the final three heading into Friday. Whereas this is able to presumably search for indulge in the light has a shot at wresting the No. 1 job faraway from the 2022 Vezina winner, that is by no technique going to happen. On the identical time, Swiftly wants in an effort to proceed adequately filling in when required leisurely a high-10 D and decent assault.

Gamers to take into yarn from previous columns: Pavel Zacha, Seth Jarvis, Ryan O’Reilly, William Karlsson, Wyatt Johnston, Jonathan Huberdeau, Dylan Cozens, Johnny Gaudreau, Quinton Byfield, Cam Atkinson, Gustav Nyquist, Troy Terry, Josh Norris, Robert Thomas, Nazem Kadri, Andrei Kuzmenko, Joel Farabee, Cole Perfetti, Nikolaj Ehlers, Chandler Stephenson, Mason McTavish, Dylan Strome, Brayden Schenn, Ivan Barbashev, Charlie Coyle, Jordan Eberle, Shane Pinto, Jonathan Drouin, Marco Rossi, Nicolas Roy, Trevor Moore, Sam Bennett, John-Jason Peterka, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Coleman, Morgan Geekie, Yegor Sharangovich, Sean Couturier, Eeli Tolvanen, Ross Colton, David Perron, Dakota Joshua, Matias Maccelli, Alex Kerfoot, Alex Killorn, Daniel Sprong, Jake Sanderson, Owen Vitality, Mike Matheson, Brock Faber, Filip Hronek, Thomas Harley, Jamie Drysdale, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Cam Fowler, Neal Pionk, Simon Nemec, Ivan Provorov, Darren Raddysh, Will Borgen, Colton Parayko, Connor Ingram, Alex Lyon, Joey Daccord, Ilya Samsonov, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Anthony Stolarz, Laurent Brossoit, Antti Raanta, Joel Hofer, Elvis Merzlikins, Petr Mrazek

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