NHL March 21st Waiver Wire: New Faces in New Places
Christopher Morais breaks down which players to add for the upcoming week in the fantasy hockey waiver wire report!
Welcome to the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Report! The waiver wire is key to winning. It helps you improve on the team you drafted, and to help patch holes when players go down due to injury. It’s something most managers will monitor daily. Let’s take a look at who we should be adding this week.
With Artturi Lehkonen now in Colorado, Jonathan Drouin has a firm grip on playing in the top six and on the top power play unit. He’s was really good at the beginning of the season, but then got injured and missed a ton of time. He was back in the lineup on Saturday but was invisible for most of that game. He’s a great playmaker who has the ability to make others around him better. Playing with players like Rem Pitlick and Mike Hoffman on a regular basis should help get him back to racking up points and helping his team win hockey games. He’s 5% rostered in Yahoo! leagues right now and is worth considering in deeper formats.
Rickard Rakell is moving from Anaheim to Pittsburgh and could be playing on Evgeni Malkin’s wing in no time. He’s a veteran player who can certainly score goals, and playing with elite centerman only pushes his value up. If he can stick in the top-six and make the most of his chances, he could easily produce a point-per-game down the stretch. That’s not too bad for a player that is still widely available across most platforms. If you’re looking for some scoring on the waiver wire, this is one option to consider.
I was not expecting to talk about Jack Studnicka at any point this season, but here we are. With Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup due to injury, the 23-year-old is centering the top line between Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk. He picked up a point in his first game with his new linemates and could easily pick up a few more as the week moves on. He’s obviously not seeing any power play time, so his upside will be limited, but he deserves to at least be on a fantasy hockey team in deeper formats considering his opportunity. He’s a short-term fix for teams that are desperate.
With Anton Khudobin done for the season and Braden Holtby out week-to-week, the Dallas Stars needed to go out and acquire a goalie and they were able to land Scott Wedgewood from Arizona. The veteran netminder has done a fantastic job this season, despite playing on a team that was giving up a ton of scoring chances every game. The Stars are a much better defensive team which should really help Wedgewood not get bombarded every night. There’s no doubt that he will be the number-two goalie behind Jake Oettinger, but he’s going to play down the stretch and is a nice depth add if you’re looking for a short-term fix.
The Boston Bruins went out to acquire Hampus Lindholm and then proceeded to sign him to an eight-year deal for $6.5M per season. You don’t pay a defenceman that kind of money to just sit him on the bench. The veteran defenceman can do it all: play five-on-five, on the top power play or the penalty kill. He shoots the puck a ton and can also block shots and throw his weight around. In a category league, he’s gold, which is why if he’s still on the waiver wire, you need to add him. He’s 14% rostered on Yahoo! and that should increase in the coming days. He’s not going to blow you away with a ton of points, but he’s certainly going to give you some good hockey and fill a ton of important categories.
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