Well, it's been a long winding road this fantasy season, but we are on the final week, kind of. The final "week" of competition will be held from April 18 to May 1 to make for one last marathon period you need to navigate before things are officially finished. There are definitely some teams that play a ton more than others. Leading the pack are the lowly Seattle Kraken, who appear in eight games, including the last game of the season on May 1. On the flipside, the Buffalo Sabres are only playing four games over the next two weeks, so there's quite the disparity between some clubs. Whether you are playing for first place, third place, or anything really, let's go over some waiver pickups that can help boost your club over these next two weeks.
Gourde is one of the few players from the Kraken I'd even consider putting on my roster for these final two weeks. If not for all the games they are playing, I'd probably pass on him, but when you consider they have eight games in two weeks, there's going to be off-nights where you can slide Gourde in and he can get you a little bit of everything. He leads his team in scoring despite missing some time early in the season with an injury. Surprisingly enough, although he leads his team in points, he is only getting second-line minutes and second-unit power-play time.
In 66 games, Gourde has netted 17 goals and added 25 assists for 42 total points. Those numbers are pretty much in line with what Gourde has done for most of his career. The 30-year-old lacks a bit in offense, but does make up for it some with his faceoff-winning ability and his hits. His numbers aren't elite in either, but he will put up a bit of each to provide a nice little boost to your totals for the period. He also is dual-eligible for center and right wing, so getting those faceoff wins from a winger slot can be pretty handy if your league tracks that.
Gourde is available in most leagues. Both Yahoo and ESPN lists him at 14% rostered, meanwhile on Fantrax he's at 46%. Keep in mind that this is literally the end of the road for this year, so optimizing your lineup and getting a guy like Gourde who can get some extra peripheral stats can really help make a difference. Unless you are in a keeper or dynasty league, don't be afraid to drop someone during this period for short-term gain.
Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Alex Chiasson??? This big burly right winger has a total of 21 points on the season and he is only 1% owned in Yahoo leagues, but I'm willing to roll with him situationally. The Canucks are fighting for their hockey lives right now and clinging on to a shred of hope that they can sneak into the playoffs. They are red hot and riding a five-game winning streak. Chiasson has surprisingly been a huge part of that.
Of his 21 points this year, nine of those have come in his last five games. This is a bit of a riskier option, but Chiasson has been seeing an uptick in ice time during his current hot streak, so clearly Bruce Boudreau likes what he sees. The