Lining Up: Waiver Adds for Low-Owned Players Like Brassard, Ennis, and Kase

Ryan Sheppard


We are a week into the season and things are starting to set up a little bit. Lines are being sorted out still, but we can see things start to settle in. Despite it being just a few games, teams make rash decisions if things don't work so let's see where we are at.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi (10 percent on Yahoo) – During the summer, the Carolina Hurricanes submitted an offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi, which he signed. After the Montreal Canadiens decided to not match, Kotkaniemi became a member of the Hurricanes. He's coming from a Habs team where, over the last three seasons, he managed to put up a very solid 55.86 Corsi For percentage (CF%) at even strength. This was fourth among forwards with at least 1000 minutes, which is pretty good considering he averaged just 11 minutes of even strength ice-time. He certainly took advantage any time he was on the ice. Now, in Carolina, he has lined up with Sebastian Aho and Martin Necas early on this season and if that spot remains, he could be in for some very nice even strength numbers. I wouldn't expect much with the man advantage as he'll likely always be relegated to the second unit at best.

Jordan Kyrou (27 percent) – There will be some recency bias here as Jordan Kyrou is fresh off a four-point game, but this could be the Kyrou breakout that many have been waiting for.After putting up a near point-per game the last two seasons in the AHL and a ridiculous 109 points in 56 games in his final OHL season, offense is clearly priority number one for Kyrou. He has been playing with Brayden Schenn and Pavel Buchnevich on the Blues second line, as well as getting some time on their second power play unit. With 14 goals and 35 points in 55 games last season, Kyrou is hopeful to take that next step as a consistent offensive threat in the Blues top six.

Tyler Ennis (6 percent) – Tyler Ennis has played on four teams in the last four seasons, but this year might be his best opportunity to actually put up some offensive numbers. The Ottawa Senators have a mixed bag of talent and with just a couple standout players on their roster, Ennis is likely to be able to have his permanent role in the top nine, possibly even top six, along with some power play time. Given that his offensive ability is all he's really good for at this point, it makes sense for the Sens to use him in this way. Ice time could certainly become an issue with Ennis as he has seen just 9 minutes per game at even strength, but that would be the case with any third liner, and he is still widely available.

Derick Brassard (1 percent) – After a couple of 40-point seasons in Columbus followe