Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Adds

Fantasy Hockey Championship Weekend Adds Of The Week

Not to toot my own horn but I have made back to back Fantasy Hockey championships, I won last season and I am currently in one right now. So, I know a thing or two about picking players up and how to find the hot players on the waiver wire. I have made my team off the waiver wire. All three of my goaltenders are waiver wire adds, Jake Allen, Jordan Binnington, Robin Lehner. Therefore listen up.

When looking for an add for the day or week. Think of the team they are on. Currently you have Montreal, Columbus, Philadelphia and Carolina in the East all in a dog fight for the last two spots. Adding a top-six winger, power play guy or top-four defenseman on that team will yield positive results. Same goes for players on Arizona, Dallas, Chicago, Colorado and Minnesota. These teams are playing meaningful games therefore add their top-six and power play guys. And of course see how many games they play and who they play against. A Capitals vs Flyers game usually will be physical so get a player that hits and can score.

Also, last thing I always do when searching the waiver wire is I look at the players last 30-days total and last 14-days total to see a correlation between consistent performances. As well, teams like Ottawa and Edmonton may have some players you can go fishing for.

Adds for the week:

Zach Hyman: For example a great addition if the Leafs continue their offensive production. Hyman has been a bit cold in the last five games but he plays with Mitch Marner and John Tavares and plays the second power play unit. He plays three times this week, 19th, 20th and 23rd. He has 7 goals and 2 assists in the last 30-days also.

Vinnie Hinostroza: Plays three-times this week all on the road and very important games for Arizona. He is slotted with Alex Galchenyuk also and on the first power play unit. This guy is an energy bunny for the Coyotes and can provide a lot of upside on your roster when you need an add. Hinostroza has 6 goals, 6 assists and 40 shots on goal in the last 30-days.

Boone Jenner: The Blue Jackets newest additions of Duchene and Dzingel have not been the big names right now. Plus Pierre Luc-Dubois has gone ice cold since the deadline deals. But, Jenner has been relatively consistent over the last two weeks. The Jackets roll three lines and he is playing line three minutes along with power play one. Jenner has 4 goals, 1 assist, 8 shots on goal and 16 hits in the last two weeks.

Justin Williams: In the thick of things right now for the Hurricanes they will need some veteran-ship, in comes Williams. Not to mention he has 208 shots on goal this season and has actually been a consistent player too. Williams has 21 goals and 25 assists on the year. Plus he plays four times this week. Williams plays Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.

Ryan Donato: The Wild are still pushing for a playoff spot right now and Donato has been really solid for them since the trade a few weeks back. In his 13 games with Minnesota he has 13 points (4G, 9A). Donato is playing line three with two other young players and also the second power play unit. He plays three-games this week all of importance.

Pavel Buchnevich: This add will cost you nothing. Does not produce, bye, someone else now. But, Buchnevich has been really solid for NYR the last couple of games. He has 5 goals in 8 games, he plays anywhere from 15-17 minutes a game, line two and also power play one. Someone you can add and drop all week basically. He also plays three-games this week.

Roope Hintz: He had a very surprising three games in a row, slowed down and is back for a new week. The kid is logging major minutes, power play time and top-six minutes. For the situation Dallas is in right now to win every game to secure a spot they will need guys like Hintz to produce. In the last 30-days he has 6 goals, 1 assist, 2 power play points, 31 shots on goal and 34 hits. A jack of all trades for your team. Hintz plays three-games this week all at home too.

Fantasy Hockey News: Injuries, Free Agents and more

Fantasy Hockey News; Injury Updates, Trending players and more!

Injury Update: 

John Klingberg was finally activated off the injury reserved (IR) after being out since November 14th. Klingberg entered a tough game where the Stars lost 5-2 to Chicago. Klingberg managed to log 26 shifts, 24:30 minutes time on ice, with 2 shots but a -3 plus/minus.

It was released that Zach Hyman will miss 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury. Hyman has 7 goals and 8 assists on the year, this means that Connor Brown and Andreas Johnsson get a promotion in minutes now.

The Carolina Hurricanes welcomed back Jordan Staal (concussion) and Michael Ferland (concussion) to the line up Thursday night. The Hurricanes ended up losing 3-1 to Detroit. Staal managed 22 shifts, 17:49 time on ice, 2 shots and -2 plus/minus. Where Ferland managed 21 shifts, 15:57 time on ice, 1 shot and -1 plus/minus.

Nick Bjugstad did not play Thursday night but is said to be eyeing a Saturday return. Bjugstad has 4 goals and 6 assists on the year.

Matt Duchene is said to be returning to the Senators line up Friday. Duchene has missed six games recovering from a lower-body injury. Duchene has been the Senators top forward this season with 12 goals and 22 assists in 29 games.

Max Pacioretty cannot seem to find his way healthy this season. Monday night it was said that Pacioretty was banged up causing him to leave the game and the Golden Knights have placed Pacioretty on the IR for an undisclosed injury. The Knights called up Brandon Pirri from the AHL and Pacioretty’s return is unknown right now.

Ilya Kovalchuk will return to the Kings line up Saturday. Kovalchuk has missed almost three weeks he is returning sooner than expected (4 weeks) after under going a procedure to his ankle. Kovalchuk has 5 goals and 9 assists in 25 games this season.

Trending free agents: 

Bryan Rust: The Penguins new Patric Hornqvist esq player seems to filling that role quite well. Rust has 5 goals, 1 assist, 2 game-winning goals and 17 shots on net over the last week of play.

Eric Gustafsson: The Blackhawks power play leading defenseman seems to be finding his role on the Blackhawks blue line. Gustafsson has 3 goals, 2 assists and 2 power play points in his last week of play. He now has 8 goals and 10 assists on the year.

Kevin Hayes: The Rangers most consistent forward this season, Hayes seems to be playing with a chip on his shoulder or looking to impress NYR management to stay in New York. Hayes has 2 goals, 4 assists and 3 power play points in the last week of play. He now has 9 goals and 18 assists on the year.

Alexander Edler: The Canucks veteran defenseman is finding his way onto the scoresheet at a consistent rate now. Edler has tallied 5 assists and one goal in the last six games. Edler has 3 goals and 11 assists on the year.

Josh Bailey: The Islanders top forward is not on the same tear he was on last year but he is a consistent force in this line up. Bailey has tallied an assist in 7 of the Islanders last 10 games. Bailey now has 7 goals and 21 assists on the year.



Bruins show there has enough fight in them with a win over Toronto

The Bruins ended a five-game skid it was one of the most important games of the season. The Maple Leafs came into TD Garden buzzing and dazzling, but the Bruins silenced them and to everyones surprise, they showed there is enough of pretty much everything inside them.

They scored six goals in that one game, when they combined for total number of seven goals in their previous five games. Boston showed offensive potential, as many struggling guys got off the schneid and there was enough responsiveness too.

Before the game against Toronto, head coach Bruce Cassidy was directly asked, whether he doesnt find his Bruins squad with lack of fight or toughness. The Bruins don’t need an enforcer, responded Cassidy. Later that day, the Bruins perfectly showed why they don’t need one.

The Bruins are just fine with their toughness

It is always great to have guys around your team, who can offer a response anytime. It happened up to three times that last game against the Leafs. In the first period, it was Brandon Carlo, young defenceman, who was ready to answer the bell and fight Nazem Kadri. Then it was Matt Grzelcyk who was ready to offer himself, when Zach Hyman fired a cheap shot against Charlie McAvoy.

And after all, Chris Wagner was ready to show his “skills” to Ron Hainsey, who was not really interested to dance. But it doesn’t matter, the Bruins showed, that there is still a lot of fighting ability within their locker room. It has even been about the guys like Brandon Carlo or Matt Grzelcyk ready to go. Last week on Saturday night, when the Bruins faced the Red Wings, a scrum that involved Red Wings Tyler Bertuzzi and Bruins Brad Marchand causing a line brawl, goaltender Tuukka Rask was even willing to go against Jimmy Howard.

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Toronto is a team, which builds up its´ play on great passing and ability to offensively destroy opponents. They want to be creative, not rough. But Zach Hyman fired a dirty cheap shot against Charlie McAvoy and it was some Tom Wilson esq dirty. If we talk about lack of toughness within the Bruins, they don’t need such a level of toughness. Rather keep it clean than be dirty.

Yeah, there is a guy called Brad Marchand, but last time he did something, he licked his opponent. It is disgusting, but it will not concuss you! With talented guys like Donato, Heinen or Forsbacka-Karlsson getting a goal after long time respectively, it shows you how much the Bruins rally on offense and creativity rather than missing roughness.

It is worth zero points, when you do such a thing like Zach Hyman did yesterday, when his team was 2-6 down on the scoreboard. But it is worth so much, when you offer your response and toughness whenever the bell rings. The Bruins did not answer the hit on Bergeron, but they will not repeat the same mistake again. And that´s how you learn to cover your missing fighting ability, not by acquiring anybody like Milan Lucic (how could even anyone come up with this idea??).

Fantasy Hockey Sleepers 2017-18

Fantasy Hockey Forwards with high upside: PART 2

In the other article Fantasy hockey forwards flying under the radar heading into the 2018-19 season: PART 1 we spoke about players flying under the radar, while this article has the same meaning, we will cover some  forwards who may not fly under the radar as much but if found, could have a major upside. Think of these players as that one bet you throw in on a Friday night at 9:30 p.m. that you end up waking up the next morning just so happen to cash out big time. Small risk, high reward! We are all about the gamble here!

  1. Josh Ho-Sang: Now, we all know Ho-Sang’s situation in New York has not been the best, a lot of that is due to Jack Capuano not really “agreeing” with the forwards style of play which led to Doug Weight not playing the shifty winger as much either. Luckily the Islanders have a new head coach and a smart one that is. One of the most winningest (that a word?) coaches in NHL history will surely enjoy Ho-Sang’s style of play. Ho-Sang is much like Andre Burakovsky and Jakub Vrana of the Capitals and those two seemed to excel under Trotz. Therefore with a clean slate Ho-Sang could potentially be a big buy for fantasy owners. Plus with a lot of attention on Matt Barzal, Josh Bailey, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson, Ho-Sang will fly under the radar on that third line to start. Being paired with a veteran in the middle and another young forward Anthony Beauviller who was successful last season could pay dividends into his game and overall confidence. Ho-Sang has played in a 21-22 games both years he was called up and down. In the 43 games he has played he has tallied 22 points, the young forward has shown the NHL ability to play consistently, it’s just a matter of if he stays consistent and Trotz likes him.
  2. Jordan Weal: Similar to Ho-Sang in a sense, but not so much. Weal is going to be the third line center for Philadelphia, now if Nolan Patrick ends up getting injured Weal is an immediate fantasy asset and a top six forward, but for now a top nine forward potentially centering Wayne Simmonds and Oskar Lindblom. The Flyers now have three working lines and Weal thrown into this mix of fire power upfront can be huge for not only his confidence but his fantasy value. Weal last season played in 69 games recording 21 points, if all stays healthy with this Flyers line up and Weal remains the #3 center, it is fair to say we can expect Weal to record upwards of 30 points next season.
  3. Joonas Donskoi: The Sharks have a solid situation going on right now as they have a lot of young talent ready to prove themselves and 3-4 solid, established forwards.

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    Joonas Donskoi tallied 32 points in 66 games last year. Is this the year he breaks 40 points?

    Donskoi falls under young forwards looking to prove himself. Last season Donskoi tallied 32 points, 14 goals in 66 games, he has been in the league 3 years now and took a major dip in points his second year(2016-17). The reason Donskoi has to prove himself still is because he has Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc right on his tail ready to take his spot. As of now Donskoi is paired with Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl, two very solid forwards. Being paired with a 30 goal scorer in Couture and an up and coming forward in Hertl, Donskoi has a lot of weapons around him to get the job done. Many may over look Donskoi due to the other names around him but he has potential for a 40 plus point season.

  4. Zach Hyman: A player whose name we do not hear much in Toronto. With Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and William Nylander there this young forward does not get the same attention as his counterparts. Well now with the addition of John Tavares, and the departure of some veteran forwards it has left a huge opportunity for Hyman to make some noise next year. As of now Hyman is slotted on the second line with Tavares and Marner. Tavares is an MVP caliber player, capable of 90 points and Marner is a great, shifty forward with potential for a 70 plus point season. Which, when you pair a player who can play the game well, do his job and cash in on the chances his line mates are giving him, Hyman is bound for his best year in Toronto. As we know two solid line mates usually leads to the third line mate stepping up and doing his job as well. Hyman recorded his best season in Toronto last year with 15 goals and 25 assists, pair him with Marner and Tavares we are looking at a potential 45 plus point year out of Hyman.
  5. Sven Baertschi: Sure he may be on the Canucks and missed basically a chunk of time during the 2017-18 season but when Baertschi is healthy he is a solid fantasy asset. Last season when he did play he tallied 29 points in 53 games. For the sheer fact he will be playing alongside Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser should be enough of a reason to draft Baertschi, plus he will be seeing power play one minutes as well. For the amount of minutes he will be seeing and coming into the year healthy as well, he is a solid player who deserves a look come later in the draft. Baertschi best year came in 2016-17 when he tallied 35 points in 68 games. Say this guy can string together a full year alongside Horvat and Boeser he has potential to be a 45 plus point player. Injuries are definitely concerning for him, therefore have Jonathan Dahlen or Markus Granlund on the back burner.