Waiver wire choices to focus on this week

With the NHL All-Star break upon us, make sure you're well equipped to handle the two-week matchup in fantasy hockey with key waiver additions. (Getty Images)

With the NHL All-Star break upon us, be sure you’re nicely geared up to deal with the two-week matchup in fantasy hockey with key waiver additions. (Getty Photos)

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 may 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 in an effort to 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: Logan Couture, C – SJS (43% rostered)

Couture is coming into the All-Star break in type, dropping two targets and three assists on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night time. When you’re waiting for the week post-break, Couture’s Sharks play three video games on three off-nights which makes Couture a sexy choice to stash now and hope he can begin to produce just a little extra persistently game-to-game. Couture is on a 68-point tempo on the season, making him loads viable in nearly any format as a streaming play. Yahoo is treating Jan. 30 to Feb. 12 as a single matchup for head-to-head leagues, so be sure you’re checking in your roster to see who will really match into your beginning lineups throughout these two weeks. Couture’s off-night schedule makes him a straightforward plug-and-play possibility in a really odd matchup scheduling-wise.

Honourable mentions: Reilly Smith, LW,RW – VGK (45%) & Andrei Kuzmenko, LW/RW – VAN (50%)

Rostered in 31-40% of leagues: Andrew Mangiapane, LW/RW – CGY (33% rostered)

It’s been a disappointing marketing campaign for Mangiapane up to now, with simply 10 targets on the season after netting 35 a yr in the past. However the Flames have quietly come on of late, controlling shot-share metrics in no small half because of the Mangiapane-Mikael Backlund-Blake Coleman trio that has been racking up pictures at a terrific clip. Mangiapane has averaged 16:47 of ice time over his final ten video games and has posted 9 factors to go together with 27 pictures throughout that run. Think about as nicely that there might even be extra upside for Mangiapane through 5-on-5 line or PP1 promotion. It is a participant with a historical past of high-level manufacturing who appears to be lastly catching his stride for this season — it could be time to provide Mangiapane a second probability on our rosters.

Honourable mentions: Scott Laughton, C/LW – PHI (32%) & Boone Jenner, C – CBJ (33%)

Rostered in 21-30% of leagues: Seth Jarvis, LW/RW – CAR (30% rostered)

Jarvis has had a tough go of issues these days, little doubt. However Carolina is the one crew that performs twice from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, which means you may get a head begin on video games performed for this two-week matchup by choosing up Hurricane gamers. And Jarvis lastly netted his first aim in seven video games on Sunday in opposition to Boston, making a slick breakaway transfer on Bruin netminder Linus Ullmark. Regardless of his latest chilly stretch, Jarvis has maintained a spot on the Carolina high line alongside star Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. With a lot of the ‘Canes finest gamers nicely over 50 p.c rostered in Yahoo leagues, Jarvis is the highest offensive possibility obtainable to most fantasy managers and he’s a good way to try to kickstart an early lead in opposition to your opponent this week. Simply know that the Hurricanes solely play one single sport the next week, so Jarvis is nothing greater than a two-game stream right here.

Honourable mentions: Jared McCann, C/LW – SEA (28%) & Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW – LAK (22%)

Rostered in 0-20% of leagues: Filip Chytil, C/RW – NYR (17% rostered)

Chytil has flown beneath the radar in most leagues up to now however his manufacturing of late has been simple. Chytil has 12 factors in his final 11 video games, and has maintained that stage of manufacturing regardless of spending the overwhelming majority of that point on the Rangers’ third line, centering underperforming younger wingers Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko. Chytil’s run of manufacturing feels prefer it ought to warrant a promotion someday quickly; whether or not that comes at 5-on-5 or on the facility play it will be an enormous boon to the potential sustainability of Chytil’s numbers. Both method, it is a participant who’s as sizzling as any throughout the league and you may bounce on the prepare for the second and get off on the subsequent cease if he doesn’t get higher deployment or keep sizzling.

Honourable mentions: Nick Schmaltz, C/RW – ARI (18%) & Mason McTavish, C/LW – ANA (15%)


Rostered in 26-50% of leagues: Brady Skjei – CAR (45% rostered)

Usually I don’t like to say the identical participant twice in back-to-back weeks, nevertheless it’s warranted with Brady Skjei. As I discussed above with Seth Jarvis, the Hurricanes are the one crew taking part in two video games from now till the All-Star break formally kicks off. So Skjei is an apparent alternative as essentially the most broadly obtainable defenseman from the crew possible to supply some fantasy goodness in your roster. Skjei has gone just a little chilly of late with zero factors in his final 4 video games, however he’s averaging over 24 minutes an evening in that span and on a crew as offensively gifted because the Hurricanes are, it’s solely a matter of time for Skjei by way of level manufacturing. Whereas Skjei isn’t a big-time hitter or shot blocker, he offers sufficient in these classes to nonetheless be viable even on nights that he’s not scoring a degree. All advised, Skjei is a precedence goal for anybody seeking to bounce out to an early lead on their opponent on this two-week matchup.

Honourable mentions: Erik Gustafsson – WSH (44%) & Dmitry Orlov – WSH (27%)

Rostered in 0-25% of leagues: Cam Fowler – ANA (15% rostered)

Don’t look now, however Fowler has rung up seven factors in his final 5 video games and stays obtainable in over 4 out of each 5 Yahoo leagues. Anaheim’s offense has rounded into type of late and Fowler has been each a beneficiary and a contributor, producing sixteen pictures in that final 5 sport span. Fowler has maintained an iron grip on the highest energy play quarterback position for the Geese whereas persevering with to be essentially the most used defenseman on the crew at even energy. Whereas Fowler won’t ever be an enormous asset within the hits, blocks, and PIM classes, his huge position with the crew all however assures he’ll proceed at a 45-point tempo with some upside for extra if the Geese’ younger weapons proceed to come back on late within the season. Mix all this with a terrific schedule upcoming on your All-Star week matchup, and you’ve got a participant nicely price buying.

Honourable mentions: Timothy Liljegren – TOR (8%) & Calen Addison – MIN (10%)


Rostered in 26-50% of leagues: Pheonix Copley – LAK (47% rostered)

Final weekend, there was a good quantity of panic amongst Copley managers after he allowed 4 targets on seventeen pictures in opposition to Dallas and adopted it up by getting yanked after permitting two targets on the primary three pictures in opposition to Nashville. However the Kings went proper again to Copley the subsequent day and he responded by rattling off three straight wins whereas compiling a .929 save share. Mix that with Jonathan Fast permitting 5 targets in his begin in opposition to Tampa Bay on Saturday and you’ve got a recipe for Copley to proceed to see nearly all of the workload in Los Angeles transferring ahead. The Kings are more likely to be in a five-team dogfight within the Pacific proper till the bitter finish and so long as they’re I’d count on them to proceed to provide begins to Copley.

Honourable mentions: Anton Forsberg – OTT (43%) & Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen – BUF (36%)

Rostered in 0-25% of leagues: Daniel Vladar – CGY (24% rostered)

The Flames have been one of many league’s finest groups by way of shot share over the previous couple of weeks, and so they’ve gotten the outcomes to match of late with three wins of their final 4 video games. Vladar began all three of these video games, whereas incumbent Jacob Markstrom coughed up 4 targets on 28 pictures in his solely outing up to now 4. It’s actually attainable that the Flames view the All-Star break as an opportunity for Markstrom to get a psychological reset and get his sport again on observe, however we’re previous the midway level of the season and Vladar has merely outperformed Markstrom in each statistical class thus far. I don’t suppose it’s unreasonable to suppose that the Flames might journey the recent hand given their present place within the standings on the cusp of the playoffs.

Honourable mentions: Sam Montembeault – MTL (22%) & Joonas Korpisalo – CBJ (10%)

Nate Groot Nibbelink is the creator of Apples & Ginos Fantasy Hockey and the originator of the #ZeroG draft technique. You could find him pontificating about obscure fantasy hockey technique subjects within the Apples & Ginos Discord Server or on Twitter @applesginos.

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