Line changes: Bo Horvat, Ryan Spooner and Nick Bonino lead waiver adds

Nick Bonino merits an add from waivers while he centers Kevin Fiala and Calle Jarnkrok for the Preds. Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire

Every week we'll mine the waiver wire for widely available assets to help your fantasy hockey squad, whether you favor dynasty or the re-draft format, and we'll also toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Finally, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who might be overvalued -- in the short or long term -- for one reason or another.


Bo Horvat, C, Vancouver Canucks (rostered in 42.9 percent of ESPN leagues)

Not only is Horvat back after missing 18 games to an ankle injury, but he's also again centering a top scoring line with Sven Baertschi and Calder candidate Brock Boeser. That dynamic trio made plenty of productive noise earlier this season. If Horvat is spoken for in your league, Baertschi is also in position to benefit from this reunion. The 25-year-old winger is available in more than 95 percent of ESPN leagues.

Anthony Beauvillier, LW, New York Islanders (17.8 percent)

Featured in this space last week, Beauvillier continues to impress on a scoring line with Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal, adding four more goals in his two most recent games. The 20-year-old sophomore serves as a rich fantasy commodity with much upside as long as he holds that prosperous role.

Ryan Spooner, C, Boston Bruins (10.8 percent)

A restricted free agent this approaching summer, Spooner is finally campaigning on his own behalf with four goals and two assists in seven recent contests. Now competing on a second scoring line and power play with David Krejci, the 25-year-old versatile forward has had productive moments in the past. It also doesn't hurt that the Bruins are smokin' hot right now.

Nick Bonino, C, Nashville Predators (1.7 percent)

The Predators' trio nouveau of Bonino, Kevin Fiala and Calle Jarnkrok is already drawing comparison to Pittsburgh's 2016 "HBK" line of Bonino, Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel. While we're not quite ready to make that leap, the Preds' new unit was mighty impressive in its debut, amassing eight total points in Saturday's win over the Florida Panthers. Keep an eye here, at least.

Chris Kunitz, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning (1.6 percent)

The unfortunate lower-body injury suffered by Ondrej Palat (out six to eight weeks) means Kunitz's stint within the Lightning's top six has extra legs. The 38-year-old veteran hasn't made much of that opportunity to date, but playing alongside Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov should pay out fantasy dividends eventually. If not, someone else will get the chance.

Dominik Simon, C, Pittsburgh Penguins (0.5 percent)

The 23-year-old rookie is earning a shot on Sidney Crosby's wing and with Pittsburgh's secondary power play. Anyone in that position deserves an extra long look in deep fantasy leagues. Simon had 17 points in 21 games with the AHL Baby Penguins this season.


Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks (26.5 percent)

The 31-year-old veteran is firing on all cylinders of late, collecting six points in six games, including two assists with the Canucks' man advantage. He's also shooting the puck more often, registering five-plus shots on net in five of his past eight contests. Fantasy managers may as well take advantage of this productive flurry from Edler before it fizzles out.

Ryan Pulock, New York Islanders (4.1 percent)

This up-and-comer was drafted 15th overall in 2013 primarily for his offense. After putting up impressive numbers in the AHL this past season -- 15 goals and 31 assists in 55 games -- the 23-year-old is now earning the opportunity to contribute with the Islanders' secondary power play. He erupted for one goal and four helpers, including two points with the extra skater, against the Chicago Blackhawks just the other night. Pulock merits serious consideration in dynasty and keeper leagues, in particular.


Aaron Dell, San Jose Sharks (26.9 percent)

Since mid-November, Dell has received a fair amount of attention in this space for consistently outperforming the Sharks' No. 1 netminder. Now that Martin Jones is sidelined with a lower-body injury, San Jose's backup is able to strut his stuff in regular rhythm. This past weekend, the 28-year-old allowed only three total goals in back-to-back wins over the Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. Even though Jones' physical issue isn't considered all that serious, Dell is likely to see a much larger share of action in the campaign's waning weeks.

Antti Raanta, Arizona Coyotes (11.0 percent)

Raanta is on a bit of a roll for the Coyotes this January with a 3-1-3 record, .934 save percentage and 1.92 goals-against average. The 28-year-old netminder has value in deeper leagues as long as this developing Arizona squad remains competitive.

Philipp Grubauer, Washington Capitals (7.7 percent)

While Braden Holtby isn't about to lose his gig as Washington's No. 1 anytime soon, Grubauer has been more than competent in his most recent relief appearances. Boasting a .957 save percentage and allowing only six goals in his past four games, the Capitals' backup merits a spot start when offered the opportunity. Strength of opposition, of course, also plays a factor.

Lowered expectations

Kevin Shattenkirk, D, New York Rangers (86.1 percent)

Out indefinitely with a knee injury requiring surgery, Shattenkirk may not return before the 2017-18 regular season is through. Young offensive defenseman Anthony DeAngelo is the first to personally benefit from Shattenkirk's absence, not only in nailing a gig with the Rangers, but also a prominent spot on the club's secondary power play.

Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks (83.1 percent)

Perry's fresh demotion to the fourth line is worth keeping an eye on, just in case it lasts. Of course, it could also serve as effective incentive in getting his scoring act back together, after potting just the one goal since returning from injury (six games). On the flip side, young Ondrej Kase (rostered in 12.3 percent of ESPN leagues) is earning a shot on the Ducks' top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell after collecting three goals and four assists in his five games since being recalled from the AHL.

Sebastian Aho, RW/LW, Carolina Hurricanes (63.6 percent)

If the lower-body injury doesn't concern you, the concussion should. With that head injury in play, there's no guarantee Aho isn't out quite a while. The Hurricanes will ask for more from forward Elias Lindholm as a top-line contributor in the meantime. Lindholm is rostered in only 12.7 percent of ESPN leagues.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Edmonton Oilers (51.5 percent)

With Nugent-Hopkins out five to six weeks with an upper-body injury, Leon Draisaitl settles in again at second-line center, splitting wingers Milan Lucic and Jesse Puljujarvi. That shift sees forward Drake Caggiula slide in on the right side of Connor McDavid on the Oilers' top line. The sophomore winger is available in more than 99 percent of ESPN leagues.