Lining Up: Blue-Line Help in Noah Dobson, Damon Severson, and Other Waiver Pickups

Peter Ryell


Welcome back to your favourite Lining Up column. This week we're going to examine some lesser-known defensemen who have found themselves in favourable situations recently as well as some forwards to consider adding to your roster.

Be sure to monitor your roster and schedules closely as things continue to change by the hour. Let's dive in.

Noah Dobson

This name has been out in the fantasy hockey community for the last week or two, his exploits are described in recent articles and he received a glowing recommendation on the Keeping Karlsson podcast. But with NYI set to return to action this week after having all of last week off, it's worth repeating here as he is still only 26% owned in Yahoo leagues.

Over the last month, Dobson has found himself with a monster 71.9% of the PP time which is seventh among defensemen during that time. To reward the trust of the coaching staff, Dobson has been red hot lately with 10 points in his last 10 games including four of those points on the PP. Dobson is also contributing in the peripheral categories with over two shots and two blocks per game plus chipping in a hit per game.

With all of the chaos surrounding the league scheduling and player status, consider adding Dobson if you can as the NYI play Thursday and Saturday to close out the week.

Damon Severson

With the injury to Dougie Hamilton on January 2nd, Severson has stepped in to fill the void and has been performing admirably as his replacement. On the season, Severson has a respectable five goals and 15 points in 35 games played. Recently however he has been on a hot streak with six points in his last five games played. On top of this hot streak, Severson has also been rewarded with Hamilton's PP time. His average percent of PP time since Hamilton was injured is at 69%, and on the season he is averaging one hit, a block and a half and two shots on goal p