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Fantasy Hockey Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

Each week during the 2021-22 regular season, NHL.com will provide the top 10 players to add off the fantasy hockey waiver wire. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

FANTASY RANKINGS: Top 200

100 forwards | 50 ‘D’ | 25 goalies

DFS picks | Projected lineups

WEEK 13 FANTASY PICKUPS

FORWARD

Alexander Kerfoot, C/LW/RW, TOR

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward scored three points (one goal, two assists) against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday and now has three straight multipoint games (totaling eight points) since being elevated to the top line with elite center Auston Matthews and rookie wing Michael Bunting. Kerfoot leads Toronto skaters with a plus-19 and could remain in the top six even once valuable right wing Mitchell Marner (NHL COVID-19 protocol) returns. Kerfoot is on pace to score 50 points for the first time in his NHL career and has become a must-add player in standard fantasy leagues.

Taylor Hall, LW, and Erik Haula, C/LW, BOS

The Boston Bruins forwards have formed a dynamic second line with elite right wing David Pastrnak and combined to score five points (two goals, three assists) in their win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Haula has a four-game point streak and has totaled eight hits in his past five games, while Hall has a five-game point streak (six points in span). Although the Bruins have always gone back to their usual top line of Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron in the past, this new trio has sparked Pastrnak after an underwhelming start to the season and could have staying power.

Matt Boldy, LW, MIN

The Minnesota Wild rookie, along with fellow top prospect Marco Rossi, was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League last week; Boldy scored a goal in his NHL debut and is plus-3 with five shots on goal in his first two games. With the injury to elite forward Kirill Kaprizov (upper body), Boldy and Rossi are expected to play on the second line with valuable wing Marcus Foligno and are worth adding in most keeper and all dynasty leagues.

Denis Gurianov, LW/RW, DAL

The Dallas Stars wing is skating with proven forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin at even strength and has scored four points (two goals, two assists), one on the power play, with seven SOG and six hits in his past three games. Gurianov set an NHL career-high with 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 55 games last season and showed scoring flair in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 27 games, including a five-point game.

Barclay Goodrow, C/LW/RW, NYR

The New York Rangers forward has scored six points (three goals, three assists), with a plus-6, nine SOG and 10 hits in his past five games playing on mostly the second line with center Ryan Strome and wing Alexis Lafrenière. Goodrow could stick on the right side of that line and get a big fantasy boost from the expected return of elite left wing Artemi Panarin from NHL COVID-19 protocol this week. Goodrow is especially valuable in leagues counting hits (70 in 36 games).

Dylan Strome, C/RW, CHI

The Chicago Blackhawks forward has been playing center on their top line with elite right wing Patrick Kane and left wing Dominik Kubalik at even strength. Strome, who is also playing on the first power-play unit with Kane, another valuable wing in Alex DeBrincat and defenseman Seth Jones, has assists in three straight games with two coming on the power play. Strome has not been fantasy-relevant in recent seasons but could have a high ceiling for the rest of the season considering he scored 51 points (17 goals, 34 assists) in 58 games for Chicago in 2018-19.

Others to consider: Anthony Duclair, FLA; Tanner Jeannot, NSH; Blake Coleman, CGY; Carter Verhaeghe, FLA; Rickard Rakell, ANA; Tomas Tatar, NJD; Alexander Barabanov, SJS; Gustav Nyqvist, CBJ

DEFENSEMAN

Brady Skjei, CAR

The Carolina Hurricanes defenseman scored a goal with four SOG, two hits and one block against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Skjei is on a three-game goal streak and has scored eight points (four goals, four assists) with 19 SOG in his past five games, including three multipoint games. Skjei is third among Hurricanes defensemen in points (13) behind Tony DeAngelo (24) and Jaccob Slavin (18) and has the third best plus/minus (plus-12) and fourth most SOG (71) among their skaters.

Others to consider: Bowen Byram and Erik Johnson, COL; Josh Morrissey, WPG; Adam Boqvist, CBJ; Brian Dumoulin, PIT; Mike Reilly, BOS; Oliver Kylington, CGY; Erik Cernak, TBL

GOALIE

Tuukka Rask, BOS

The Boston Bruins veteran signed a professional tryout with Providence of the American Hockey League and could make his season debut in the near future after recovering from offseason hip surgery. Rask, who has a .921 save percentage in 560 NHL games, is expected to be Boston’s 1A goalie over Linus Ullmark and rookie Jeremy Swayman and is ranked among NHL.com’s fantasy top 15 at the position for the rest of the season.

Kaapo Kahkonen, MIN

The Minnesota Wild rookie stopped 29 of 31 shots faced in their shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Kahkonen has filled in admirably for starter Cam Talbot (lower body), winning consecutive starts against the Capitals and Bruins with two goals allowed in each game. He is 6-2-1 with a .915 save percentage in 10 games this season and making a case for more playing time once Talbot returns.

Others to consider: Alexandar Georgiev, NYR; Pavel Francouz, COL; Adin Hill, SJS; Anthony Stolarz, ANA

Color of Hockey: Capitals, Fort Dupont team up on line of branded gear

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past nine years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the sport. Today he profiles the Washington Capitals and Fort Dupont Cannons selling jointly branded merchandise with part of the proceeds going to benefit North America’s oldest minority-oriented youth hockey program.

Peter Robinson wasn’t sure how Fort Dupont Cannons founder and coach Neal Henderson would respond to a Washington Capitals offer to sell merchandise carrying his iconic youth hockey program’s brand.

“The way I was always told was Fort Dupont jerseys, jackets and colors, that’s something that’s earned, not sold,” said Robinson, the Capitals’ director of youth hockey development. “I was kind of concerned about whether Neal would let us do it.”

But Henderson said he was moved that the items would have Capitals and Cannons logos and part of the proceeds would benefit North America’s oldest minority-oriented youth hockey program.

“I thought it was amazing that they wanted to do something as great as this for the club,” Henderson said.

The Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment opened an online merchandise shop last week selling T-shirts, hoodies, pom beanies and patches.

The online shop operates through Jan. 31. The Washington Capitals Impact Fund will also share the proceeds.

Duante Abercrombie, a Cannons alumnus and assistant for the men’s hockey team at NCAA Division III Stevenson University, located outside Baltimore, said the unique merchandising arrangement is more than a gesture.

“The Caps are putting their influence where their mouth is,” said Abercrombie, a member of the Capitals’ Black Hockey Committee that formed last season. “They’re saying, ‘Here’s our name, here’s our logo, we want to put Fort Dupont and the Capitals in the same spot so the Cannons can receive whatever they can receive from it.'”

The proceeds will come in handy for the Cannons; they are navigating being without a home rink beginning March 1, when the Fort Dupont Ice Arena, the only public indoor ice sheet in Washington, D.C., closes for demolition.

A new $23 million rink will be built in its place. The project, managed by the Department of General Services, is expected to be completed by Fall 2023.

“With Fort Dupont being down for 18 months or so,” Abercrombie said, “the Caps sort of wanted to do an homage, so to speak, to Fort Dupont to bring awareness and then just raising money to help because everyone knows the cost is going to be a lot higher on the other end of this rebuild.”

The Cannons, an affiliate of the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone initiative, will be the latest youth hockey program impacted by a rink closure.

Ice Hockey in Harlem is practicing at Central Park’s Wollman Rink NYC and a facility in Queens, New York, with their outdoor Lasker Rink closed due to a $150 million renovation of the north end of the park that won’t be completed until 2024.

IHIH is getting free ice time twice a week at Wollman courtesy of the new partnership group that operates the facility, which includes Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the New Jersey Devils.

The Tucker Road Ducks, a program based in Prince George’s County, Maryland, were homeless after a two-alarm electrical fire destroyed their rink in January 2017.

That program was kept afloat by ice time donations from neighboring rinks and contributions from the MSE Foundation and the NHL Players’ Association’s Goals & Dreams Fund. The Ducks began play this season an all-new $28 million Tucker Road Ice Rink in October.

Robinson said the Capitals began thinking about working with the Cannons last season after Washington received positive responses for wearing special black warmup jerseys featuring a shoulder logo of Players Against Hate, an organization founded by local hockey mom Tammi Lynch to help combat racism in hockey.

“We really wanted to highlight and honor the Fort Dupont Cannons this season mainly because of Neal,” Robinson said. “Neal is amazing, the Cannons program is amazing but also this is the last year of the original fort.”

Henderson, an 84-year-old former semipro player and Air Force veteran, founded the Cannons in 1978 to use hockey as a prism to instill teamwork, discipline, perseverance, responsibility and accountability in boys and girls from some of Washington’s toughest neighborhoods, free of charge.

More than 1,500 players have worn the Cannons black, white and gold jerseys since. Some, like Abercrombie and Zachary Ware, a forward for El Paso of the North American 3 Hockey League, are striving to advance in the sport behind the bench and on the ice.

Others have gone on to professional careers, like U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Ralph Featherstone, who serves on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. He gives back to the program by helping coach the current generation of Cannons.

Henderson was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019 as its first Black member. His story and the history of the Fort Dupont program is chronicled in “The Cannons,” a documentary by former NHL video production staffer Steven Hoffner and AJ Messier.

The film debuted at the DOC NYC film festival in New York in November. The film’s producers said they hope to have its Washington, D.C., debut in February.

“I never thought that it would be this rewarding to me and to the kids to be able to have a history that they could be a part of and remembered,” Henderson said in an interview on NHL Network in November, “and they can see themselves in it for what they did to make this history possible.

“If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be where I am today. It’s the kids who’ve made me who I am.”

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