Fantasy Hockey: October’s hidden gems

The waiver wire is filled with hidden gems, both for the short and long-term. People who stay on top of the wire will reap the rewards. It’s always nice to have a streamer spot ready to pick up whoever is hot or in a good situation. Here are some players that have caught my eye. Ownership is taken from Yahoo leagues.

  • Maxime Comtois (ANA – LW) 13% Owned

The top line for Anaheim have combined to score 12 points. Maxime Comtois is playing alongside Adam Henrique and Jakub Silfverberg. If you play in a banger league, his value increases even more as he has already dished out 20 hits. He is coming off a 44-goal season with 85 points in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League so there is some offensive upside here. He is on the second power-play unit, and that will get even better when the Ducks get healthy.

  • Nick Foligno (CBJ – C, LW, RW) 24% Owned

Though he is not on the top line, Nick Foligno is having a nice start to the season. With four points in five games Foligno is such a tease, but there is some nice upside. He also helps if you play with other categories such as hits and blocks. He gets top power-play time and is worth a look with his tri-eligibility.

  • Tyler Johnson (TB – C) 29% Owned

Tyler Johnson has been reunited with his old pals, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. The triplet line was formed in the 2014-15 season and to refresh your memory, Johnson had 72 points playing with them. He’s not on the top power-play unit as of right now, but he should easily eclipse the 50-point plateau if he keeps playing with them.

  • Brady Skjei (NYR – D) 7% Owned

He’s still only 24-years-old, but Brady Skjei is skating more than anyone else on the New York Rangers. He wasn’t known for his offence in college, but has a chance to steal top power-play time if Shattenkirk keeps struggling. He also chips in with hits and blocks if you need.

  • Josh Morrissey (WPG – D) 26% Owned

Dustin Byfuglien has been nursing an upper-body injury, paving way for Josh Morrissey. Morrissey has picked up his power-play minutes and has been productive in his absence. He should provide good peripherals even when Byfuglien is back.

  • Michael Hutchinson (FLA – G) 1% Owned

With Roberto Luongo on the shelf, James Reimer has failed to carry the starting duties and now it’s Michael Hutchinson’s turn. Hutchinson has bounced around between the AHL and the NHL, playing 26 games last season for the Manitoba Moose and posted a 2.08 goals-against average and a 0.935 save percentage. Reimer definitely wasn’t the answer and Hutchinson has a chance to be the starter. Even when Luongo comes back, there’s no way to know how his 39-year-old body will respond.

Jordan Lyn

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