Duclair and Backlund offer plenty of upside

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Jack Campbell (32%) has seen his rostered percentage double since it was announced that he was ready to return to the lineup. He rewarded fantasy managers with a shutout win on Saturday over Calgary. With Frederik Andersen banged up and struggling, Campbell’s value increases even more and you should scoop him up while you still have the chance. Filip Hronek (27%) and Brock Nelson (37%) are worth adding as well if they are still available.

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Let’s get into this week’s recommendations:

Justin Schultz (Washington) - D - Rostered in 22% of Yahoo leagues

Schultz’s three-game point streak was halted on Saturday. He had four assists during that span and he has five helpers over the past seven games. Schultz is having a solid bounce-back year during his first season with the Capitals. He has generated two goals, 14 points, 41 shots and 25 blocks in 27 appearances this year. Schultz has also chipped in six power-play points, while skating on the second unit.

Jonathan Drouin (Montreal) - C, LW - Rostered in 21% of Yahoo leagues

Drouin hasn’t scored many goals this season, with two over 31 games, but he has been piling up assists. He sits behind only Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Petry in scoring on the Canadiens thanks to his team-high 19 helpers. Drouin has collected eight assists and 23 shots on goal in the past 10 games. He has two helpers on the man advantage during that stretch.

Mikael Backlund (Calgary) - C, RW - Rostered in 17% of Yahoo leagues

Backlund’s four-game point streak was snapped on Saturday and he has been hot and cold this year, but he’s been one of the more productive players on the Flames recently. The team also has a busy week on tap with four games scheduled, including two road matchups against Ottawa. Backlund has one goal and three helpers in five previous contests versus the Senators this year.

Alex Iafallo (Los Angeles) - LW - Rostered in 13% of Yahoo leagues

Iafallo has appeared on Waiver Wired a few times this season. The Kings only play two times this coming week, but he should be rostered in more leagues. He has generated two goals and four assists in his last six outings. Iafallo has failed to hit the scoresheet one time during that span and he has picked up at least one point in each of past four appearances. He is up to seven goals and 19 points in 28 matches this campaign after he had 17 markers and 43 points across 70 contests in 2019-20.

Anthony Duclair (Florida) - LW, RW - Rostered in 11% of Yahoo leagues

Duclair has registered one goal, three assists and 11 shots in four games since returning to the lineup from a lower-body injury. He has two multi-point efforts during that span and didn’t pick up a point in the matches when he logged under 10 minutes of ice time. Duclair has been skating on the top line alongside Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe. Assuming there aren’t any further dips in his playing time, Duclair should be able to earn points and shots during a busy four-game week for the Panthers.

Calle Jarnkrok (Nashville) - LW, RW - Rostered in 10% of Yahoo leagues

Jarnkrok has heated up with four goals and four assists in the past seven games. The bulk of that production came in a four-point performance against Tampa Bay last Monday. Jarnkrok’s offensive surge has moved him into third on the Predators in scoring. He is worthy of a flier for this week with Nashville set to play four times, including two games apiece against the leaky defenses of Detroit and Chicago.

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Adam Henrique (Anaheim) - C, LW - Rostered in 8% of Yahoo leagues

Henrique has three goals and two assists during a three-game spree. He has been productive this month with five goals and five helpers in his past nine contests. Henrique appears to be back on track following some earlier offensive struggles. He is back as a top-six forward, while playing with Trevor Zegras (9%), and he is skating on the top power-play unit. Henrique led the Ducks with 26 goals and 43 points in 71 games during the 2019-20 campaign.

Jason Robertson (Dallas) - LW - Rostered in 6% of Yahoo leagues

Robertson has accounted for four goals and 16 points in 21 games this season. He has had plenty of success while skating as a top-six forward. Robertson has mostly played alongside Roope Hintz. The Stars have also been utilizing him on the top power-play combination of late. Robertson has earned three assists and eight shots in the past three games.

Oliver Wahlstrom (New York Islanders) - RW - Rostered in 6% of Yahoo leagues

Wahlstrom has been a surprising superb source of secondary offense for the Islanders this season, especially since he has averaged just 11:38 of ice time per game. Still, he has made the most of his opportunities, including on the power play where he has chipped in seven points. That puts him in a tie for second on the team. Wahlstrom has developed some chemistry with Jean-Gabriel Pageau, which is probably why he hasn’t been moved up the depth chart. However, he is still worthy of your consideration in deeper leagues.

Joonas Donskoi (Colorado) - LW, RW - Rostered in 4% of Yahoo leagues

Donskoi has two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak. He is up to eight markers and 19 points over 29 matches this campaign. Donskoi has played well as a middle-six forward on the Avalanche. He makes for an intriguing pickup with Colorado set to play four times this coming week.