The waiver wire is a great way to add hidden gems and overlooked players to your fantasy hockey club. This remains true whether you plan to have them as short-term or long-term parts of your fantasy hockey roster. Now that we are roughly two months into the season, we better understand which waiver-wire goalies are worth snagging. As a result, here are three waiver-wire goalies worth adding to your roster in Week 9.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Goalies to Consider for Week 9
Alex Lyon, Detroit Red Wings
For the majority of this season, Alex Lyon was the Detroit Red Wings’ third-string goalie. However, after making his season debut on Nov. 17, he has been nothing short of excellent. He has a 3-1-0 record in four starts, a 1.26 goals-against average (GAA), and a .958 save percentage (SV%). Due to this hot stretch of play, he is now getting considered for the starting goalie role. This is why he is a prime waiver-wire goalie to consider in Week 9.
What is more encouraging about Lyon is that he is not showing any signs of slowing down. On Nov. 26 against the Minnesota Wild, he saved 37 out of 38 shots. He then followed that up with a 34-save performance on 35 shots against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 30. Needless to say, he is on fire and a waiver-wire candidate to take a gamble on.
Sam Montembeault, Montreal Canadiens
It was a big week for Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault. The 27-year-old signed a three-year, $9.45 million contract extension with the Canadiens. This put an end to the trade rumors surrounding him, and he will remain a big part of the Canadiens’ net beyond this season. This feeling of security should give the Quebec native more confidence moving forward. This is why he’s now a waiver-wire candidate to watch out for.
Although Montembeault was a big-time trade candidate for much of this season, it has not impacted his play. He has been the Habs’ best goalie this season, and the truth is in his stats. In 10 games, he has a 5-3-1 record and a .910 SV%. His play has also improved as of late, so snag him as a waiver-wire option if he’s still available in your league.
MacKenzie Blackwood, San Jose Sharks
Although the San Jose Sharks have had a brutal season, goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood has been a bright spot. In 17 appearances, he currently sports a respectable .903 SV%. However, more importantly, he has had a .917 SV% or better in each of his last three starts. His best appearance was against the Washington Capitals, where he had a .971 SV%. Because of this, he is now a waiver-wire goalie to consider.
During his final seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Blackwood had a tough go of things. However, the change of scenery appears to be benefitting him, and he seems to only be getting better.
Alas, Week 9 offers some pretty interesting options with waiver-wire goalies. Let’s see how this trio performs from here, but it is hard not to like what we are seeing from them as of late.