Working the waiver wire is an important part of any championship fantasy hockey season. Finding players to work into your lineup each week that can add points to your total is the No. 1 way you can control the outcome of your matchups.
Each week in this article, I’ll be going over players at every position and at different levels of rostership so you can fill out your fantasy team with the best players available in your league. Let’s dig in:
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Roasted in 41-50% league: Tom Wilson, RW – WSH (42% roasted)
With Tuesday (12 games), Thursday (11 games), and Saturday (13 games) all very heavy nights it’s going to be a tough week to find a waiver wire pickup that will really break up your starting lineup. Enter Wilson, who plays three of his four Game of Nights (Wednesday/Friday/Sunday) this week and has a well-established role on the Washington top line.
Those reasons are good enough to pick either player, but Wilson also provides a clear floor for his production in a league that tracks hits, as he averages 3.3 per game. All told Wilson is an easy click if you’re looking to add some snarls while customizing your starting lineup this week.
Honorable Mention: Brian Rust, RW – PIT (47%) and Brock Bowser, RW – VAN (41%)
Roasted in 31-40% league: TJ Oshie, C/RW – WSH (34% roasted)
After watching the argument on Wilson above, you can probably guess what interests me in Oshii this week. Schedule is a big factor, to be sure, but Oshii has been eyeing goals since late February. Oshii has six goals and 10 points in his last eight games, and he’s also contributed significantly in hits if you’re looking for help in that category.
Oshii’s spot on the Capitals’ top power-play unit appears to be secure, even if his even-strength usage changes, lending a little more credence to his recent point momentum. Oishi represents the perfect convergence of a personal hot streak and desirable streaming schedule this week.
Honorable Mention: Boone Jenner, C – CBJ (36%) and JT Comper, C/RW – Col (35%)
Roasted in 21-30% eg: Victor Arvidsson, LW/RW – LAK (24% roasted)
Arvidsson has zero goals and three assists in his last six games, so you could be forgiven for wondering if he should be included on this list. But digging a little deeper, you can see that he’s taken four or more shots on goal in each of those six games, averaging nearly six shots per game. While the results haven’t come through, it’s impossible to blame Arvidsson when he’s proud of superstars like Nathan McKinnon.
It’s a good bet that Arvidsson breaks out of Skreid this week and if the shots remain prolific, it could be a big week for the vulnerable winger. Arvidsson won’t feature in your lineup any off-night games this week, but if you’re looking for a strong addition moving forward from this week, he’s my favorite.
Honorable Mention: Mason McTavish, C/LW – ANA (21%) and Nino Niederreiter, LW – WPG (30%)
0-20% Roasted in League: Jacob Varana, LW – STL (17% Roasted)
I’m very interested in the Vernon as a pickup that’s flying under the radar at the moment. He has two goals in four games since joining St. Louis at the trade deadline. Varna has dealt with off-ice issues this season but appears highly motivated at the moment, firing 14 shots in his first four contests in a Blues uniform.
Vrana has historically scored at a very high rate of goals per minute, but it seems like he always finds himself pushed down the lineup wherever he goes. The Blues have nothing better to do with the rest of their season than to see what they have in store, and I think he has every chance to turn in a strong finish to the season as he looks to make an impression on his new team. wants to
Honorable Mention: Dylan Strome, C/RW – WSH (19%) and Ivan Rodrigues, C/LW/RW – COL (12%)
26-50% of league rostered: Torey Krug, D – STL (46%)
Krug will not be a popular addition this week, as the undersized defender has fallen down the roster charts this season. But Krug has maintained the majority of the Blues’ power play time and is averaging 2.2 shots per game in his last five starts. In the points league, Krug is a fair game as a guy who can get you some points this week.
With the ulcer up, Krug has a three-game schedule this week, but all three are shutout nights. If you can get Montreal or Dallas Defenders for their Monday/Tuesday back-to-backs, you can get to Krug for their three games on Wednesday/Friday/Sunday and increase your streaming spot to a total of five games played. can change.
Honorable Mention: Michael Matheson – MTL (31%) and Rasmus Sandin – WSH (46%)
Roasted in 0-25% league: Cam Fowler – ANA (20% roasted)
Fowler has been in and out of this list several times this year. Once again, Anaheim has one of the better streaming schedules this week with a Wednesday/Friday/Sunday three-game, three-off-night schedule. Fowler has been hot and cold throughout the season, but he remains the No. 1 defenseman and top power play running back in Anaheim.
Fowler makes a good point league play as a fifth defenseman that you can fit into your starting lineup because of his off nights. I’m not expecting great things from him, but he could easily have another three-point week in the clutch spot.
Honorable Mention: Juuso Valimaki – ARI (11%) and Adam Boquist – CBJ (8%)
Roasted in 26-50% league: John Gibson – ANA (50% roasted)
Gibson has been quietly spectacular of late, posting a .929 save percentage since the February 23 win against Washington. He’ll still have some ups and downs, but Gibson is playing at a high level and the Ducks have a non-threatening schedule against the Islanders, Blue Jackets and Canucks this week.
It’s unlikely he’ll get you that many wins, but I see him firing with a surprising amount of confidence this week because of what Anaheim is putting together. In any league with a high points weight for saves or counting saves as a category, Gibson is very attractive as he has faced an average of 38 shots per game this hot stretch.
Honorable Mention: Phoenix Copley – LAK (50%) and Philipp Grubauer – SEA (38%)
0-25% Roasted in the league: Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen – BUF (17% Roasted)
Eric Comrie’s recent injury assured the UPL at least a 50/50 timeshare going forward in the Buffalo Nets. Buffalo is back in the wild-card race and may soon be looking toward next season instead of pulling out all the stops this year.
Either way, Luukkonen has been solid in his last few starts and should be the goaltender Buffalo brass is most interested in trying out this year. With a four-game, four-off-night schedule this week, Lukkonen has a solid addition to your roster as the third goaltender.
Honorable Mention: Akira Schmid – NJD (14%) and Mads Sogaard – OTT (14%)
Nate Groot is the creator of Nibbelink apples and ginos fantasy hockey And the originator of the #ZeroG draft strategy. You can find him giving tips about obscure fantasy hockey strategy topics apple and gnoos discord server or on twitter @applesginos,