Waiver Watch: Add Brendan Gallagher, Mark Streit

Brendan Gallagher is back to a plum role with the Canadiens. Fantasy owners should follow suit. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

Every week, we'll mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your squad, whether you favor dynasty or the redraft format -- and we'll also toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Categorized by position, the players are ranked in descending order by ownership percentage in ESPN.com leagues.

We'll also include some former go-to fantasy assets who may be overvalued -- in the short- or long-term -- for one reason or another.


Brendan Gallagher, RW, Montreal Canadiens

Ownership percentage: 30.8

Filling in on the Canadiens' top scoring line for Alexander Radulov, Gallagher boasts greater potential to make valuable fantasy waves. After suffering an injury blocking a shot in last week's match with the Predators, Radulov is listed as day-to-day. To date, calendar year 2017 hasn't been kind to Gallagher. Perhaps this opportunity helps him rediscover his pesky, scoring groove.

Jarome Iginla, RW, Los Angeles Kings

Ownership percentage: 6.8

As long as the veteran power forward remains on the Kings' top line with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik -- and the secondary power-play unit -- the possibility of a fantasy renaissance in 2016-17 remains alive. And goodness knows coach Darryl Sutter will give his former star more than a brief taste. Never mind Iginla's zero points thus far in L.A.; it's only been two games.

Christian Dvorak, LW/C, Arizona Coyotes

Ownership percentage: 5.2

The trade deadline exodus of Martin Hanzal essentially entrenches Dvorak as a top-six -- if not top-line -- centerman for the remainder of 2016-17. And why not? With a postseason berth well out of reach, the Coyotes may as well allot their young talent the freedom to experiment and gain valuable experience. Additionally, the upside of not moving UFA-to-be Radim Vrbata ahead of the deadline may prove valuable, as the veteran winger helps his rookie linemate grow and adapt.

Micheal Ferland, LW, Calgary Flames

Ownership percentage: 2.5

Skating on a top unit with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan has helped net Ferland five goals in seven games. Look to the former WHL standout as an injury plug-in for deeper leagues before he tumbles from that productive perch.

Josh Ho-Sang, RW, New York Islanders

Ownership percentage: 1.2

Give the young man a minute, will you? Thrust into a prominent role on a line with Brock Nelson, Ho-Sang is both earning his lumps and demonstrating an ability to keep up at the highest level. We're just four games in, and he's scored his first NHL goal. The first of many. Having watched this gifted player in junior (Windsor/Niagara), I assure you his talent and skill deserve as much attention as formerly legit concerns about his behavior and attitude. Give him a shot for the home stretch.

Ales Hemsky, RW, Dallas Stars

Ownership percentage: 0.5

Shelved since October hip surgery, Hemsky is only three games into earning his return. The 33-year-old UFA-to-be has little choice but make the most of what's left of the regular schedule. If/when a hurting Patrick Sharp is finally shipped off to the operating room, a top-six slot should let Hemsky make some hay before the book slams shut on Dallas' 2016-17 campaign.

Melker Karlsson, LW/RW, San Jose Sharks

Ownership percentage: 0.5

Standing in for a slumping Kevin Labanc on the Sharks' top line, Karlsson assisted on Joe Pavelski's first-period tally in Monday's 3-2 win over the Jets. While avoiding any rash moves, fantasy owners in deeper leagues may want to monitor this still fluid arrangement.

Nikolay Goldobin, RW, Vancouver Canucks

Ownership percentage: 0.0

Fantasy owners in deep dynasty leagues, with an eye to the future, may choose to get the jump on Goldobin sooner, rather than later. Slotted to compete on a line with Sven Baertschi and Bo Horvat, the former first-round draft selection (2014, by San Jose) is already getting reps on his new team's top power-play unit alongside the Sedins. With only a handful of NHL games to his credit, the former Shark scored in his Canucks debut this past weekend.


Oscar Klefbom, Edmonton Oilers

Ownership percentage: 51.7

Anchoring the Oilers' No. 1 power-play unit, Klefbom has been his club's most productive blueliner since the calendar flipped to 2017. As ESPN's Sean Allen points out in this week's edition of Open Ice, the 23-year-old is an asset worth considering for the home stretch: "[Andrej] Sekera missed a couple games at the end of December and it was the opening Klefbom needed. Since then, he easily outpaced all other Oilers defensemen for time on ice and has turned in fantasy numbers worth mentioning as well. For the first three months of the season, Klefbom had five goals and 12 points in 37 games. Since Jan. 1, Klefbom has six goals and 16 points in 27 games. Available in 49 percent of ESPN leagues, he might be the answer to your problems on defense."

Mark Streit, Pittsburgh Penguins

Ownership percentage: 37.5

As long as Kris Letang remains sidelined with another upper-body injury, Streit's inflated role with his new squad merits investment in most seasonal leagues. The veteran blueliner already has a goal, power-play assist and eight shots through two games with the Penguins.


Jonathan Bernier, Anaheim Ducks

Ownership percentage: 17.0

Sporting a 3-2 record and .916 save percentage through five games as full-time substitute for John Gibson (lower-body injury), Bernier is offering his squad a fighting chance. Those desperate for netminding help might invest in Anaheim's No. 2 while Gibson fully heals, knowing Bernier is the club's go-to in the meanwhile.

Aaron Dell, San Jose Sharks

Ownership percentage: 7.6

As discussed in last week's Fantasy 30, Sharks GM Doug Wilson pronounced his faith in Dell by steering clear of securing outside goaltending help ahead of the trade deadline. Since then, Dell has rewarded his GM's confidence by surrendering only three total goals in two starts -- both victories -- much like he has in relief of Martin Jones all season. And additional action lies in store for the 27-year-old while Jones earns more frequent days off down the stretch.

Jeff Glass, Chicago Blackhawks

Ownership percentage: N/A

The 31-year-old KHL/AHL journeyman is slotted to serve as backup to Corey Crawford while Scott Darling recuperates from a hand injury. With Darling projected to miss approximately three weeks, Glass could serve as a valuable option in DFS when Crawford needs a rest. The timing also doesn't hurt; scoring 31 goals in their past seven games, the Blackhawks are surging, so the probably of earning a win remains high for whoever is in the crease.

Lowered expectations

Kyle Okposo, RW, Buffalo Sabres

Ownership percentage: 77.9

The Sabres are likely to be without Okposo (injured ribs) for the upcoming week, and perhaps beyond. The subsequent top-six re-shuffling sees a tuned-in Evander Kane saddle up next to No. 1 center Ryan O'Reilly and veteran Brian Gionta, while Marcus Foligno joins Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart.

Michael Cammalleri, LW, New Jersey Devils

Ownership percentage: 26.4

Suffering a shoulder injury and listed as week-to-week, Cammalleri should be shelved/dumped in conventional leagues ASAP. Mind you, DFS competitors might remember the Devils' winger has a history of immediately returning from injury with a productive vengeance. Take note of his scheduled comeback, once set.