Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Week 24
Just a few weeks remain in the season. Whether you need to mix things up for a late push, or need to stream players for your playoff matchup, our Waiver Wire Report will highlight some quality players to target.
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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire for Week 24
C Boone Jenner, CBJ (42%): Jenner plays all situations for the Blue Jackets, being one of their more versatile forwards. After a four-game point drought, Jenner has four goals in his last two appearances. He lit the lamp three times against the Bruins, including a short-handed tally, and netting the game-winning goal. That brings him up to 34 points in 65 contests, while also providing 141 hits and 66 blocks. He’s the perfect John Tortorella player.
C Jared McCann, PIT (36%): What a difference a week makes, as McCann’s ownership has shot up by 20 percent. He’s playing on Sidney Crosby’s wing with Jake Guentzel, and has 10 points in his past eight contests. Don’t keep waiting on McCann, pick him up before one of your opponents gets him first.
RW Troy Terry, ANA (32%): The rookie has collected seven points in his last five outings, including a pair of three point nights. There was some expectation he would be among the more productive rookies going into the season. However, he didn’t have a strong start, and was demoted to the AHL. He’s beginning to find his way though, playing on a line with Nick Ritchie and Adam Henrique. Terry was named the NHL’s third star of the week for March 4-10.
LW Paul Byron, MTL (32%): The versatile winger has dealt with a few injuries this year, but since returning from his forearm injury, he has eight points in 11 games. He has three short-handed points and three game-winning goals on the season, as well as 95 hits. Pick him up if you need secondary scoring and your league rewards hits, short-handed points, and game-winning goals.
C Ryan Strome, NYR (22%): Strome is up to 25 points in 69 games, which is reasonably well considering his tough start to the campaign. He’s ramped it up lately, notching 12 points in 16 contests. He’s also getting more involved in the rough stuff, posting both 7 PIM and 12 PIM nights. Consider him a depth option that can help in scoring and penalties.
C Lars Eller, WSH (20%): Eller is locked in as the Capitals third line center, but still contributes a fair amount of offense. He has eight points in his past 10 games, putting up 26 shots in that time frame. He’s up to 32 points in 69 games on the calendar.
RW Brendan Perlini, CHI (18%): Since his trip to the press box, Perlini has tallied seven goals and two assists in six games. He notched a hat trick against his former Coyotes club en route to a 7-1 victory. He’s playing on a line with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome, forming one of the most potent third lines in the NHL. He’s red hot right now and shouldn’t be overlooked if you need a depth player who can provide goal support.
LW Marcus Sorensen, SJS (9%): The depth winger has provided seven points in the six games since returning from a face injury. He’s playing on a line with Joe Thornton and Kevin Labanc, where the trio has found success together. He makes for a quality claim in deeper leagues.
D Nick Leddy, NYI (43%): After three straight seasons with 40 or more points, Leddy has disappointed this year in that department. He’s focusing more on the defensive side of the game, and it shows in his 24 point total. However, he has four points in his last four games, and since we know he’s capable of providing more offense, he could go on a hot streak down the stretch.
D Dmitry Orlov, WSH (30%): After back-to-back 30-point campaigns, Orlov’s production has taken a slight dip this year. He’s still stuck at three goals on the season, but he’s collected seven assists in his last eight affairs. He’s a mainstay in Washington’s top four defense, meaning he always has an opportunity to get on the scoresheet.
D Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS (25%): Vlasic is the perfect example of a player that’s better in real life than he is in fantasy hockey. That’s even more evident this year as Vlasic has struggled to produce. He has just two goals and 19 points, compared to last season’s 11 goals and 32 points. So why is he on this list? He has five points in his last four games, including a three-point effort against the Jets Tuesday night. Perhaps the recent success will kick start a productive stretch of games.
D Brett Pesce, CAR (19%): The steady defenseman is racking up the points lately, notching seven in his past six games. He’s set a new career high in points with 23, despite only appearing in 60 contests. He isn’t known for his offense, but is showing he can reward owners who take a chance on him.
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