Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Shane Pinto leads pickups for the week ahead

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By Evan Berofsky, RotoWire

Special for Sportzshala Sports

Fantasy is fun when you take the lead in Saturday’s weekly one-on-one matchup and then pretty much all of your players apparently conspire to sabotage your efforts. And then you sit there on a Sunday, hoping for a miracle that often doesn’t happen.

But it’s only one week, and there’s a lot more to come. And I already forgot about it.

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To the last choice of failure. Everything is guaranteed to help … or disappoint (but I hope not).

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(Registered rates as of November 4th)


Jeff Skinner, BUF (Sportzshala: 42 percent)

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Skinner rebounded last season with 63 points and 262 shots in a promising lineup. Some of Buffalo’s youth have already made an impression, under the age of 25. Teige Thompson as well as Rasmus Dalin leads the group, although the 30-year-old Skinner is not far behind with 10 points, including eight assists at the club. He was also at the peak of popularity last week with two goals and six assistants. With the Sabres second in goals per game, expect Skinner and others to keep up the good work.

Shane Pinto, OTT (Sportzshala: 26%)

As an award for NHL Rookie of the Month for October, Pinto recently placed between Brady Tkachuk as well as Drake Baterson on the first line in equal forces. He moved straight from the NCAA to the Sens in 2021 and is getting a chance to shine alongside the rest of the team’s talented forwards. Six goals so far and a permanent spot on the bench gives Pinto good prospects, as well as the opportunity to get extra time on the ice instead of Josh Norris (shoulder).

Ottawa Senators Center Shane Pinto (57) has fantastic value
Consider removing Shane Pinto from the Fantasy Quit Program. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Kevin Hayes, PHI (Sportzshala: 25%)

A couple of physical problems kept Hayes off the field for most of the 2021–22 season, although he did score 31 points over 48 contests. A quick start resulted in a goal and nine assists in the first seven games, highlighted by four powerplay assists. Hayes didn’t score in his last three games, but he skated just under 21 minutes in those competitions, averaging over two shots into the net and remaining active in the Flyers’ main game on the powerplay.

Dylan Strome, WAS (Sportzshala: 25%)

It seems like Strome has been playing for ages even though he’s still only 25. He quietly scored 48 points – with 16 PPP – in just 69 games for the Blackhawks last season, and the Caps did some work over the summer by writing to him. a decent amount. deal for one year. With Washington missing several key hitters, Strome is front and center as the second pivot in a five-on-five game and the best powerplay in the game. Nine points – five when he’s ahead – and 78 faceoff wins in 18-plus minutes per night – doesn’t sound too bad for someone who can be played in three out of every four leagues.

Victor Arvidsson, Los Angeles (Sportzshala: 15%)

Arvidsson started the campaign with a couple of physical problems and failed to score in any of his first five matches. He turned the tables by scoring two goals, four assists and 15 shots in his next six games. Arvidsson also received three PPPs in the Kings’ second squad while remaining in the top six. He hasn’t played anything close to a full season since 2017/18, but 60 points and 250 shots are not out of the question if he can stay relatively healthy.

Evan Rodriguez, COL (Sportzshala: 11%)

Rodriguez became a fantasy darling early last season before leveling off, though he finished with a three-shot average, appearing in all 82 games. Arturi Lehkonen entered the season as Colorado’s No. 1 left winger, which meant a spot next to Nathan McKinnon as well as Mikko Rantanen. He is still with the duo at an advantage over the players, although Rodriguez has now replaced him in an even lineup. There’s no guarantee the Toronto native will stay in the top two spots, but you can’t argue with a player who most recently scored two goals, three shots, two shots and two blocks in 27:10 (!).

Jack Roslovik, CLS (Sportzshala: 5%)

Boone Jenner was poised to become the leading center for the Blue Jackets between Johnny Gaudreau as well as Patrick Laine, but it did not work out very well and Roslovich was allowed to replace the captain in the top three. He hasn’t scored a single point since joining his elite linemates, although he should take a closer look with Jenner suspended. Columbus has been looking terrible lately, and it’s probably not a good support for Roslovik, but it’s a pretty low-risk move to add someone who’s top-notch and widely available.

Alexander Barabanov, SJ (Sportzshala: 1%)

Ultimately, I may regret not giving preference to Barabanov as a free agent in one of my leagues. He could end up falling down like he did at the end of last season, or he could end up being a great bottom lineup player like he was in the middle of the chart. Barabanov did not appear in any of the four starting outs and scored nil in the next three, but he has provided six assists in the last six games, three of them in the first game on the power play.


Dmitry Orlov, WAS (Sportzshala: 48%)

The Caps were shorthanded, not only on offense. John Carlson (lower body) missed the last three games after leaving early on Saturday. However, Orlov covered Carlson’s lead role as PP. Erik Gustafsson currently working there. The Russian set a record last season with 35 points and has already made five assists, as well as 25 shots, 30 hits and 16 blocks while playing over 22 minutes per night. Carlson could be back by the end of the week and reclaim his elite role, although Orlov should continue to rack up a lot of stats across multiple categories.

Kevin Shattenkirk, ANH (Sportzshala: 7%)

Shattenkirk may not be counted on as an attacking player like in previous years, but he is still given ample offensive opportunities on the Ducks’ second line on the power-play. He didn’t post much about this campaign until he registered an assist and four shots on Sunday and two each along with 10 PIM on Tuesday. Shattenkirk has yet to contribute despite posting 14 PPPs last season and currently averaging 1:44 in man-to-man advantage.

Rasmus Sandin, TOR (Sportzshala: 6%)

Sandin performed well in his junior year, scoring near average points per game over three seasons. His five goals and 11 assists for the Leafs last year was a solid start to his NHL career, but fans and pools likely expected more from a 2018 first-rounder. Three assistants may not be impressive at this point, but Sandin leads Toronto’s second lead, where he recorded two PPAs. He also noticed a spike in playing time and was more physically fit with 26 strikes.

Caleb Jones, CHI (Sportzshala: 3%)

Chicago, like Washington, lacks a stellar twin. Seth JonesDue to a thumb injury, he is predicted to be out of action for up to a month. Also different from the other case is the fact that Dmitry Orlov is familiar with a heavier workload, while the younger Jones has failed to consistently play more than 20 minutes since his debut in late 2018. Even before his big brother fell, Caleb was showing his talent and had six assists in his last six games, including two on the powerplay and the latest in the group-leading Blackhawks.


Vitek Vanechek, New Jersey (Sportzshala: 50%)

Vanechek was briefly discussed in Mackenzie Blackwood section from two weeks ago, the first of which struggled in its debut, while the second is in the lead. The roles were mostly reversed as Vaněček won his last four goals, conceding a total of four goals. Blackwood struggled on Tuesday and left the competition on Thursday with an unknown injury, so Vanechek should continue to get the most starts and stay on track as Jersey’s best goalkeeper going forward.

Scott Wedgwood, DAL (Sportzshala: 18%)

Jake Oettinger started the season on fire but succumbed to a lower body injury on Saturday. He is said to be out for just a week, though further testing will eventually determine the length of his absence. As Anton Khudobin cannot be called up from the AHL due to player limits and because the Stars had just signed Matt Murray (Not no what Matt Murray), so Wedgwood remains the only regularly available network controller. In his first two starts as #1, he saved 58 of 62 shots. Even if Oettinger sees fit to return soon, he probably won’t push him too hard right away, leaving Wedgwood with enough short-term value behind a productive offense.

Players from past columns: Martin Necas, Travis Konecny, Gabriel Vilardi, Mikael Granlund, Andrey Kuzmenko, Mason McTavish, David Krachey, Ryan Strome, Max Domi, Jake DeBrusque, Brandon Hagel, Oliver Björkstrand, Jeff Carter, Kent Johnson, Kalen. Addison, Philip Hronek, Sean Durzy, Vince Dunn, Brandon Montour, Matt Gzelcik, Janis Moser, Juuso Valimaki, James Reimer, Jake Allen, Stuart Skinner, Adin Hill


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