Working the waiver wire is an important a part of any championship fantasy hockey season. Discovering gamers to work into your lineup each single week that may add factors to your whole is the primary method you possibly can management the result of your matchup. On this article each week, I’ll be going over gamers at each place and at totally different ranges of rostership so you possibly can fill out your fantasy squad with one of the best gamers obtainable in your league. Let’s dig in:
Rostered in 41-50% of Leagues: Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW – CAR (50% rostered)
Fantasy managers have been understandably fearful about Teravainen not too way back. He returned from a 10-game absence on account of an upper-body harm to little fanfare and needed to earn his minutes again, even spending a while on the Carolina fourth line. In the meantime, offseason acquisition Max Pacioretty made his long-anticipated Hurricanes debut and instantly netted three objectives in his first three video games.
Now, with Pacioretty tearing his Achilles for a second time, Teravainen has regained his spot on the Canes’ prime line and it appears to be like prefer it might be wheels up for the playmaking winger after netting 4 factors in his final three video games. Carolina performs three video games all on off-nights this week, making Teravainen simple to fit into your beginning lineup.
Honourable Mentions: Brock Boeser, RW – VAN (44%) & Andrei Kuzmenko, LW/RW – VAN (45%)
Rostered in 31-40% of leagues: Kevin Hayes, C – PHI (40% rostered)
Sooner or later we’re simply going to have to simply accept that Kevin Hayes is #goodathockey and he’s having a monster 12 months. After a two-goal effort in a shedding trigger towards Winnipeg on Sunday, Hayes is pacing for 75 factors on the season and has 5 objectives and 6 factors in his final 4 video games. That in and of itself is spectacular, however Hayes is averaging six pictures per recreation via that stretch, a very astonishing quantity buoyed by a nine-shot recreation towards Chicago on Thursday.
Whatever the competitors and no matter coach John Tortorella’s estimation of his game-to-game degree of compete, Hayes is the best choice on the Flyers not named Travis Konecny and may most likely be rostered in something deeper than a 10-team league.
Honourable Mentions: Evan Rodrigues, C/LW/RW – COL (36%) & Jason Zucker, LW – PIT (38%)
Rostered in 21-30% of leagues: Anton Lundell, C – FLA (23% rostered)
Lundell had a tough begin to the season, however that has pale into distant reminiscence of late as he’s posted 5 factors in his final 4 video games since being elevated to the Panthers’ prime line alongside captain Aleksander Barkov and Sam Reinhart. Lundell has averaged three pictures per recreation on this stretch, giving fantasy managers purpose to consider that he’s not simply getting fortunate with a few pictures.
Florida performs 4 video games with two off nights this week, so for those who can match Lundell into your beginning lineup for at the least three video games he’s a must-add for me so long as he retains this deployment. With the outcomes he’s been getting these days, it’s arduous to think about coach Paul Maurice transferring away from him on the highest line anytime quickly.
Honourable Mentions: Seth Jarvis, LW/RW – CAR (25%) & Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW – LAK (27%)
Rostered in 0-20% of leagues: Victor Olofsson, RW – BUF (11% rostered)
Olofsson’s current sizzling streak has materialized seemingly out of nowhere, however he’s registered six objectives in his final six video games whereas piling up pictures alongside the best way. Olofsson profiles as a sniper however with the emergence of Buffalo’s younger weapons he had develop into little greater than an afterthought this season. That is not the case, as Olofsson has been filling the opposition’s nets regardless of skating on a nondescript line with Casey Mittelstadt and Tyson Jost at even power and solely seeing utilization on the second Sabre power-play unit.
It may not final ceaselessly, however I’ve bought no drawback leaping on the Olofsson practice whereas he’s working sizzling, particularly provided that the Sabres begin the week with a Monday/Tuesday back-to-back that provides you with a few early week video games to determine if Olofsson is only a two-game stream or a maintain to your roster.
Honourable Mentions: Conor Garland, LW/RW – VAN (8%) & Calle Jarnkrok, C/LW/RW (7%)
Rostered in 26-50% of leagues: Brady Skjei – CAR (38% rostered)
Brady Skjei has quietly develop into one in every of fantasy’s extra productive second power-play defensemen over the previous few weeks, racking up seven factors in his final eight video games. Carolina has gone to a extra balanced energy play, that means Skjei has gained a couple of extra minutes with the person benefit virtually each night time. Whatever the “how”, Skjei is undeniably sizzling proper now. As a defenseman who constantly gives sturdy shot totals on a prime tier Carolina squad, Skjei must be of curiosity in any week when the Hurricanes have a very good streaming schedule.
With their aforementioned three-game, set this week, Skjei is a terrific search for any fantasy crew that should add some off night time manufacturing to their lineup for the week.
Honourable Mentions: Sean Durzi – LAK (38%) & Owen Energy – BUF (45%)
Rostered in 0-25% of leagues: Adam Boqvist – CBJ (6% rostered)
Boqvist is a troublesome tablet to swallow as a pickup for positive. On nights when he doesn’t internet some extent, he’s leaving you with subsequent to nothing as he’s not a major contributor within the pictures/hits/blocks/PIMs classes. However Boqvist has been a staple on the Columbus prime energy play of late and has 4 factors in his final seven video games whereas manning that place.
Columbus acquired a lift just lately with the return of captain and top-line heart Boone Jenner, a transfer that immediately lends much more stability and credibility to its energy play. To prime it off, Columbus has a really engaging four-game, three-off night time schedule this week, which makes Boqvist simple to suit into your lineup. It’s a house run swing, however when taking a look at defensemen on this rostership vary it’s arduous to search out anybody with extra game-by-game upside for the time being.
Honourable Mentions: Jake Walman – DET (6%) & Michael Matheson – MTL (5%)
Rostered in 26-50% of leagues: Pavel Francouz – COL (42% rostered)
It’s tough to determine what the Avalanche are more likely to do with their goaltending scenario transferring ahead, however till it’s clear, Francouz must be rostered in way over 42% of leagues. Francouz has a .939 save proportion throughout his final 4 video games and has began 4 of the final six. It’s value noting that Alexandar Georgiev began back-to-back video games final Wednesday and Friday earlier than Francouz bought the ultimate begin of the week on Saturday, however in that recreation he allowed only one aim on 27 pictures in a shootout win towards Seattle.
Georgiev solely allowed one aim in every of his two most up-to-date outings and stays the odds-on favorite to get the vast majority of work down the stretch, however it is a Stanley Cup-defending crew that has received 5 straight; if there’s potential to seize a goalie who might get a bunch of begins for them, you need to have an interest.
Honourable Mentions: John Gibson – ANA (34%) & Jonathan Fast – LAK (45%)
Rostered in 0-25% of leagues: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen – BUF (25% rostered)
When Eric Comrie returned from harm, a number of the speak round fantasy circles was how the Sabres now had three goaltenders to rotate and none of them can be helpful for fantasy. Effectively, all Luukkonen has achieved since that time is begin 5 of the final six video games with a .914 save proportion and three wins. Buffalo shouldn’t be a defensively sound crew, however it has sufficient firepower up entrance to outscore its issues with regularity and UPL will profit from that with some low-cost wins.
In case your league counts saves as a class or offers them a number of weight to your factors setup, that makes Luukkonen all of the extra interesting as he’s dealing with greater than 30 pictures per night time on common. All issues informed, it looks like the Sabres wish to see what they’ve within the teen and aren’t a lot involved with how that impacts Comrie or the third wheel Craig Anderson.
Honourable Mentions: Sam Montembeault – MTL (16%) & Elvis Merzlikins – CBJ (14%)
Nate Groot Nibbelink is the creator of Apples & Ginos Fantasy Hockey and the originator of the #ZeroG draft technique. You will discover him pontificating about obscure fantasy hockey technique subjects within the Apples & Ginos Discord Server or on Twitter @applesginos.
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