Lining Up: Waiver Options for Fantasy Rosters Including Hagel, Marchment, and Jost

Peter Ryell


Welcome back to another edition of Lining Up. Hopefully everyone has enjoyed their first full week of hockey! Although there have only been a few games played for teams, injuries and line adjustments are already making impacts that can help your fantasy roster. Keep a close eye on the line combinations as they change often. @GameDayLines is a good Twitter account to follow in order to monitor the most recent updates.

Let's dive in.

Justin Danforth

Already noted in the Dobber Ramblings over the weekend, Danforth has seen time on the top line with Boone Jenner and Johnny Gaudreau and perhaps most significantly, averaged 75% of power-play time on the top unit with Gaudreau. Danforth is 28 years old and an undersized winger whom Columbus signed on a low-risk, one-year contract. He went undrafted resulting in a move to Europe where he played for three years. He started out with Liiga and finished top five in scoring twice before moving to the KHL where he was sixth in league scoring. The solid showing overseas earned him a contract with Columbus and now he finds himself lining up alongside the teams' star offseason acquisition. Double-check line combinations as he has been moved around in practice recently.

Columbus plays four times this week, starting tonight and Danforth is currently rostered in only 1% of Yahoo leagues. Consider him as a streaming option so long as he maintains this prime deployment.

Brandon Hagel

Brandon Hagel has been the recent fortunate forward to join Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point on the top line. Although the line has not scored yet, they have been playing very well together with a 66.7% Corsi For (CF) and a 61.9% Shots For (SF). These are good indications that the line is driving play against their opposition. No doubt Kucherov and Point are historically top tier players, but Hagel has averaged a 67 Individual Points Percentage (IPP) in his last two seasons meaning that he contri