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Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Matheson, Hartman, Kochetkov worth adding in standard leagues; podcast analysis

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

Each week during the 2022-23 regular season, will provide the top 10 players to add off the fantasy hockey waiver wire. For more coverage, visit and subscribe for free to the "NHL Fantasy on Ice" podcast.



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NOTE: The below players are widely available in Yahoo Fantasy leagues.



Dylan Strome, C/RW, WSH

The Washington Capitals center is playing on the top line with elite wing Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson and has 17 points in 12 games this month (tied for 14th in NHL entering Sunday), including a four-game point streak (seven points in span). Strome, who plays on the first power play with forwards Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and defenseman John Carlson, has already tied his NHL career-high in points (57 in 73 games; had 57 in 78 games with Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks).

Ryan Hartman, C/RW, MIN

The Minnesota Wild forward scored a goal on four shots on goal against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and has nine points (four goals, five assists), three power-play points, 24 shots on goal and nine hits in his past nine games. Hartman is having his best stretch of the season despite elite wing Kirill Kaprizov (lower body) being injured and is a big reason Minnesota is in contention for the Central Division title.

Kent Johnson, LW/RW, CBJ

The Columbus Blue Jackets rookie had an assist against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, extending his point streak to three games (four points in span). Johnson has nine points (two goals, seven assists), four on the power play, in his past nine games and quietly ranks fourth among NHL rookies in points (38 in 69 games) this season.

Daniel Sprong, LW/RW, SEA

The Seattle Kraken wing has already set NHL career highs in goals (19), assists (20), points (39 in 56 games), power-play points (10) and shots on goal (117) this season. Sprong ranks third on the Kraken in goals, is tied for their second-most power-play goals (five) and leads them in 5-on-5 points per 60 minutes (3.36).

Kasperi Kapanen, RW, STL

The St. Louis Blues wing had three points (two goals, one assist) and six shots on goal in their win against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Kapanen has nine points (six goals, three assists) and 31 shots on goal in 13 games (entering Sunday) since being claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins and is skating in the Blues' top six with forward Pavel Buchnevich (62 points in 57 games) at even strength.

Joel Farabee, C/LW, PHI

The Philadelphia Flyers forward had an assist and five shots on goal against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, extending his point streak to five games. Farabee has scored goals in four of those five games with seven points in the span and is playing on the top line at even strength.

Other forwards to consider adding: J.T. Compher, COL; Viktor Arvidsson, LAK; Jakub Vrana and Sammy Blais, STL; Jack Roslovic, CBJ; Phil Kessel, VGK; Scott Laughton, PHI



Mike Matheson, MTL

The Canadiens defenseman had three assists and three shots on goal against the Blue Jackets on Saturday, giving him five points (one goal, four assists) and 13 shots on goal during his three-game point streak. Matheson, who plays on the top power-play with exposure to top center Nick Suzuki, has 21 points, six on the power play, in his past 23 games, the seventh-most points among NHL defensemen since Jan. 31 (entering Sunday).

Filip Hronek, VAN

The Vancouver Canucks defenseman returned from injury and has one assist, a plus-1 and five hits in three games since being acquired from the Detroit Red Wings on March 1. Hronek has played more than 24:00 in each of his first two games and has an NHL career high 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists) and 16 power-play points this season.

Other defensemen to consider adding: Tyson Barrie, NSH; Colton Parayko, STL; Adam Boqvist, CBJ; Mikey Anderson, LAK



Pyotr Kochetkov, CAR

The Carolina Hurricanes rookie has made the most of his NHL opportunity this season; he's 12-6-5 with a .911 save percentage and four shutouts (tied for fourth in League) in 23 games. Kochetkov, who's the backup behind Frederik Andersen with Antti Raanta (lower body) injured, had an NHL career-high 41 saves on 44 shots faced in Carolina's win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and is a must-start fantasy goalie anytime he plays for the rest of the season.

Jaroslav Halak, NYR

The New York Rangers backup stopped 31 of 34 shots faced in their win against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Halak, who had a shutout against the Nashville Predators on March 19, is 9-2-2 with a .915 save percentage over his past 14 games and could see time down the stretch if the Rangers rest starter Igor Shesterkin; New York has nine games remaining, including two back-to-back sets.

Other goalie to consider adding: Joel Hofer, STL; Mackenzie Blackwood, NJD; Eric Comrie, BUF


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