Poolers: Three players who could help you this week

One of the tools available to poolers is waivers, where the unclaimed players of their league are. Throughout the season, I will suggest to the poolers each week a few names of players who could be on waivers and who could help them for the coming week.

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Without further ado, here are three players poolers should be targeting for the next two weeks who may be available in their pool.

Conor ShearyWashington Capitals (A) – When a player plays alongside an even-strength sniper like Alex Ovechkin, all he has to do is make sure to get the puck to him, and good things are going to happen. This is exactly what happens in the case of Sheary, who is lucky enough to play on the same line as Ovechkin. Sheary has a goal and six assists and is plus-9 in his last four games, despite not playing on the first wave of the power play. In fact, his only point on special teams was shorthanded. He is also the leader in the Capitals with two points short of a man, if ever your pool gives additional points in this category. With four games on the schedule this week, including two against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who rank 31st in the League in goals against per game this season (3.91), Sheary and the Capitals should enter 2023 as they concluded 2022.

Video: DAL@WSH: Sheary scores thanks to Ovechkin

Adam LarsonSeattle Kraken (D) – Larsson is mostly popular in pools where toughness stats like hits or blocked shots are counted. He is also one of the top 20 defensemen in the league in terms of blocked shots per game (2.09) and hits per game (2.74). However, when he adds points to his record consistently, he becomes incredibly profitable in multi-category leagues, and that’s exactly what’s been happening to him for the past few games. The Swede had an assist in each of his five games between December 18 and 30, which allowed him to equal a Kraken record by a defenseman, and he found the back of the net in a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Sunday. During that streak, he maintained a plus-6 differential, threw 14 shots, distributed 19 checks and blocked 12 shots. Larsson and the Kraken will be in action three times this week, each time on opposing ice, where the defenseman has scored nine of his 15 points this season.

John GibsonAnaheim Ducks (G) – The Ducks keeper hasn’t been the most attractive choice for poolers since the start of the season, but for those who play in leagues where the number of saves or the percentage of saves are counted, he could be interesting this week. Over their last six games, the Ducks have allowed no less than 41 shots against their opponents, and during that streak, Gibson has compiled a .915 save percentage in two starts. The Ducks will be in action four times this week, including twice against teams — the San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers — that are particularly hot for them.

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