Lining Up – Low-Owned Options from the Waiver Wire

Ryan Sheppard


The NHL season has been trucking along and while not much has changed since last week, we are starting to see things level out a bit. Teams you may have expected to struggle this season like Arizona, Chicago, Ottawa and Seattle sit among the bottom five teams in pure points this season. On the other side of things, nobody would be too shocked if after two weeks Florida, Carolina and Edmonton were the top three teams in the NHL. Perhaps THE top three would be a bit of a surprise (where are Colorado, Tampa Bay and Vegas?), but they were always projected to be elite. Injuries have destroyed the Golden Knights to start the season with Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and William Karlsson without seeing anybody stepping up much.

Adam Henrique (38 percent rostered on Yahoo) – The line of Adam Henrique, Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano has been solid this season with the trio making up three of the top five on the Anaheim Ducks in Corsi For percentage (CF%). Milano leads the way with 54.8 CF% followed by Henrique's 52.7% and Zegras' 52.%. Henrique has stepped it up offensively as of late with three goals and five points in his last four games to go along with 17 shots on goal. He plays not only on the second line at even strength but also on the power play. Technically Henrique plays on the second power play unit, but the distribution of ice time with the man advantage is pretty similar across the board so I would not necessarily distinguish one unit as the first or the second.

Michael Rasmussen (2 percent) – Short-term (at least tonight) Michael Rasmussen is centering the Detroit Red Wings top line with Dylan Larkin out for personal reasons. While this may only last one game, it's a great opportunity for him. However, his most frequent linemates over the last three games were Filip Zadina and Vladislav Namestnikov, which is still a pretty good position for him to be in. He doesn't play much on the power play, but as long as Larkin is