Waiver wire pickups for this week

New Jersey Devils star duo Nico Hischier and Mackenzie Blackwood headlines our fantasy hockey waiver wire pickups this week.  (Getty Images)

Working the waiver wire is a vital 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 manner you possibly can management the end result of your matchup. On this weekly column, I will be going over gamers at each place and at completely different ranges of your roster with the intention to fill out your fantasy squad with the perfect gamers accessible in your league. Let’s dig in.


Rostered in 41-50% of leagues: Rickard Rakell, LW/RW – PIT (41% rostered)

Rakell has match proper in with the Penguins, slotting in on the highest line since Day 1. Using shotgun with Sidney Crosby has been a useful place to be for greater than a decade now, and with Jake Guentzel out for the time being, Rakell’s position has by no means been safer. Rakell skated a season-high 21:10 on Saturday towards Columbus and that type of deployment generally is a super boon to fantasy manufacturing. Pittsburgh additionally has a terrific schedule this upcoming week with 4 video games, together with two on off-nights. Mix that with the truth that Rakell presently ranks contained in the top-50 within the league in pictures and you’ve got a recipe for achievement.

Honorable Mentions: Ryan Hartman, C – MIN (50%) & Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW – BOS (41%)

Rostered in 31-40% of leagues: Nico Hischier, C – NJD (35% rostered)

Let’s begin with the Devils’ schedule this week: 4 video games and three off-nights, tied for the perfect of the week with Vegas and Winnipeg. Hischier had a really spectacular begin to his season, notching two targets and 6 factors in 4 video games. Hischier is producing scoring possibilities at the next price by these 4 video games than he has at any level beforehand in his profession, presently sitting forty ninth within the league in particular person scoring possibilities for per 60 minutes (iSCF/60) per Pure Stat Trick. I am serious about a whole lot of choices from New Jersey this week primarily based on the schedule alone, however Hischier specifically combines that schedule with terrific current efficiency.

Honorable Mentions: Boone Jenner, C – CBJ (40%) & Chandler Stephenson, C/RW – VGK (38%)

Rostered in 21-30% of leagues: Nick Robertson, LW – TOR (24% rostered)

Robertson made his presence felt instantly when he obtained his likelihood Thursday night time, scoring two targets, together with the OT winner, whereas ensconcing himself on Toronto’s second line alongside John Tavares and William Nylander. Whereas Robertson did not discover the scoresheet in his second recreation, he was entrusted with much more even power minutes and his line dominated possession. Robertson has been a extremely touted prospect for a while and has an NHL caliber shot. With Toronto on a four-game, two off-night week, it is a good time to choose up Robertson and see if he can parlay this top-six deployment right into a breakout rookie season.

Honorable Mentions: Andrei Kuzmenko, LW – VAN (29%) & David Krejci, C – BOS (26%)

Rostered in 0-20% of leagues: Cole Perfetti, C/RW – WPG (15% rostered)

As with Hischier, the principle thesis right here with Perfetti is the schedule: the Jets play 4 video games with three off-nights. However very like Robertson, Perfetti additionally has a excessive prospect pedigree because the tenth total choose within the 2020 NHL Draft. His position within the prime six established, Perfetti is in a terrific spot this week to place up some factors and if he does, he may discover a option to keep in your lineup past simply this week. I like taking pictures like this on high-upside, younger gamers who have not reached their ceiling but; worst case state of affairs, you bought 4 video games out of streaming spot in your roster and finest case you stroll proper into a giant time breakout that actually helps you win your league.

Honorable Mentions: Dawson Mercer, C/RW – NJD (19%) & Oliver Wahlstrom, RW – NYI (12%)


Rostered in 26-50% of leagues: Calen Addison – MIN (27% rostered)

Addison has been a little bit of revelation within the early going, recording six assists in 5 video games whereas hanging on to that useful PP1 deployment in Minnesota. With the Wild taking part in 4 video games this week, it is a good time to carry Addison into the fold if he is nonetheless accessible in your league. Understand that Addison is not a lot of a hits or blocks specialist, so in case your league has these classes he may not be the man for you. Whereas Addison’s time on ice has declined over the previous couple of video games, he appears fairly entrenched on the highest energy play, and as a younger defenseman within the league, it is commonplace that he must earn these further even-strength minutes.

Honorable Mentions: Ok’Andre Miller – NYR (45%) & Sean Durzi – LAK (26%)

Rostered in 0-25% of leagues: Filip Hronek – DET (12% rostered)

One of many extra attention-grabbing developments of the Purple Wings’ younger season has been their sudden breakup of the highest energy play unit, relegating Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider to the second group whereas Dominik Kubalik and Hronek transfer up. Hronek now has factors in 4 straight video games and he will not harm you within the peripheral classes both. Detroit’s schedule this week is simply OK (three video games, zero off-nights), however Hronek could possibly be a long run maintain if this energy play gig holds up. If you happen to’re in a deeper league, the time to strike with Hronek is true now.

Honorable Mentions: Brandon Montour – FLA (21%) & Matt Grzelcyk (4%)


Rostered in 26-50% of leagues: Matt Murray – TOR (47% rostered)

That is an odd pickup, for positive. However Matt Murray being accessible in additional than half of fantasy hockey leagues is loopy to me. Murray was clearly the highest precedence in web for Toronto GM Kyle Dubas this low season, and whereas Ilya Samsonov has acquitted himself very nicely within the Leaf web within the early going, he additionally has a multi-year historical past of imploding within the mid- season. You probably have an additional add on the finish of the week and a free IR spot, it is best to completely be throwing Murray in there as his upside is a top-10 fantasy goalie when wholesome on a robust Toronto squad.

Honorable Mentions: Jake Allen (42%) & James Reimer (28%)

Rostered in 0-25% of leagues: Mackenzie Blackwood – NJD (13% rostered)

Blackwood has quietly run up three straight begins and three straight wins, whereas the Devils have a few of the finest underlying numbers throughout the league. Blackwood hasn’t been examined a lot however with the Devils’ four-game week upcoming, I am excited to see if Blackwood can garner three of these begins and ship a pair extra wins with good price stats. If you happen to’re struggling at goalie within the early going, Blackwood represents an affordable dart throw you possibly can tackle an enhancing staff. Whether or not he finally ends up being a one-week stream or a long-term maintain, Blackwood is a straightforward add to make this week.

Honorable Mentions: Eric Comrie (20%) & Kaapo Kahkonen (7%)

Nate Groot Nibbelink is the creator of Apple’s & Gino’s Fantasy Hockey and the originator of the #ZeroG draft technique. You will discover him pontificating about obscure fantasy hockey technique matters within the Apple’s & Gino’s Discord Server or on Twitter @applesginos.

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