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2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire

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The NHL season is heading into the All-Star break— a pivotal point for NHL clubs as well as fantasy owners.

Players take the time to relax, have fun and enjoy their surroundings.

Fantasy owners should do the opposite.

The NHL All-Star break is an important point in the Fantasy Hockey season, marking a turning point for potential playoff runs.

It’s time to put up or shut up, and with the 2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire we’re not shutting up anytime soon.

2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire

Kailer Yamamoto, RW, Edmonton Oilers (5% Owned)

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After a strong showing to begin the 2019-2020 campaign, the Edmonton Oilers spiraled into mediocrity over the next few months. The Edmonton brass turned to fresh faces and since the Christmas break, Oil Town has been on a role. Since the Christmas break, the Oilers have a 6-2-1 record.

With two offensive juggernauts in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, youngster Kailer Yamamoto has largely been overlooked.

In the eight games Yamamoto has played since being called up from the Bakersfield Condors, he’s produced three goals as well as a trio of assists. The under-sized winger has posted ten SOG over that span and has an eye-popping 30% shooting percentage. The Spokane native has also posted a plus-6 rating to go along with 4 PIMS.

Playing alongside of Draisaitl and former lottery pick, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Yamamoto should continue to achieve fantasy viability.

At 5% owned, Yamamoto should be on your list of pick-ups following the All-Star break.

Mike Smith, G, Edmonton Oilers (34% Owned)

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If the Oilers’ offense has been hot as of late, their netminding has been scorching. Mike Smith has moved into the top role in Edmonton and has a perfect record in his last five outings.

While going 5-0-0, Smith has posted a .930 save percentage as well as a 2.41 goals-against average. During this span, he’s knocked off some of the most potent offenses in hockey, including the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Smith is a veteran goaltender, but the 37-year-old has seemingly been drinking from the fountain of youth. His SV% has been elite against stellar competition. Also, while a 2.41 GAA isn’t necessarily ideal, Edmonton’s offensive firepower has made up for potential shortcomings.

The good ol’ Kingston boy is an excellent pick up for owners trying to consolidate their goaltending. Despite a tough immediate schedule following the All-Star break, owners should snipe Smith while they can.

Samuel Girard, D, Colorado Avalanche (36% Owned)

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Although rookie sensation and notable recipient of an All-Star snub Cale Makar has been dominating headlines, his teammate has been overlooked in approximately two-thirds of fantasy leagues.

Samuel Girard, who plays alongside of Makar won’t score many goals but has found a niche within the Avalanche offense. The 21-year-old has shown his ability to move the puck at an elite level all-year-long.

Finally, the dividends are paying off.

Girard has notched 12 helpers in the last ten games- a feat highlighted by a four-point performance against the Blues.

Quarterbacking the Av’s second power-play unit, Girard has shown his worth with the man-advantage. This season, he’s posted ten power-play points, and with the firepower available in Colorado, fantasy owners can expect the blueliner to produce.

Grab this Colorado gem, and expect mile-high results.

Paul Stastny, C, Las Vegas Golden Knights (20% Owned)

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When there’s a change in command, there are winners and losers. With Gerard Gallant out and Peter DeBoer in, Paul Stastny has arguably been the biggest beneficiary in Las Vegas.

Paul Stastny now centers one of the best lines in the league with Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone on the flank. The veteran center has wrangled nine points in the past eight games and with his new-found role, owners can expect to see quality numbers from the centerman.

In his last outing, Stastny scored and registered an assist, but in the overtime frame, he took a puck to the face. Despite being day-to-day, Stastny skated in practice, and shouldn’t worry potential investors.

Scoop him up while you can.


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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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