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2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire

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In many Fantasy Hockey leagues, playoff season has finally come. In order to keep you alive for another week of slinging friendly insults, exuding dominance over Bill from accounting and general fantasy tomfoolery, we bring to you the 2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire.

For those still within the regular season, the playoffs are just around the corner.

Either way, each matchup becomes increasingly important. There are no do-overs, mulligans or second chances because next week is not guaranteed.

2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire

Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, Minnesota Wild (57% Owned)

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Last year at the trade deadline, Kevin Fiala was sent from Nashville to Minnesota in exchange for veteran center Mikael Grandlund. The trade slipped under the radar for the most part, but now the dividends are paying off for Minnesota.

In 60 games played, the Swiss-born winger has been scorching the stat sheet, and his current point total of 49 points is a career-best.

More importantly, he’s been on fire as of late.

In the last four games, Fiala has tallied a whopping nine points. On the top line for Minnesota, he’s scored a goal in all four games, while adding five assists during that span.

Last week’s nine-point effort as the most productive member of the Wild’s cast earned the 23-year-old the NHL’s first star of the week.

Still not sold?

Fiala has scored more points since November 1st than three-time Hart winner and perennial fantasy first-rounder  Alex Ovechkin. Other names to add to this list include Elias Pettersson, Patrice Bergeron and Taylor Hall.

Fiala’s production has been elite for most of the season, but lately, it’s been astronomical.

Since making the trade for Fiala, the Minnesota brass has been counting their blessings. By picking Fiala up off the waiver wire, you’ll be counting yours. Get him into your lineup in all formats, immediately.

Alex Stalock, G, Minnesota Wild (34% Owned)

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Alex Stalock is the go-to goalie between the pipes in Minnesota after beating-out Devan Dubnyk for the top spot.

Stalock was riding a four-game win streak until Sunday night, where the Washington Capitals and their offensive firepower overwhelmed the Wild. It was only Stalock’s second regulation loss in his previous ten outings.

Despite a 4-3 loss to the Capitals, Stalock has been solid in the crease. He now bolsters a 18-10-4 record to go along with a GAA of 2.64 and a .909 save percentage.

Goaltending wins championships in fantasy hockey, and with numerous goalies succumbing to injury lately, it’s never a bad idea to double-up on starting netminders.

Stalock and the Wild will be playing four games this week, so he’ll have the chance to provide a huge impact for fantasy squads.

Nikita Gusev, LW/RW, New Jersey Devils (22% Owned)

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The New Jersey Devils are in rebuild mode. By shipping Taylor Hall to Arizona as well as parting ways with their best offensive D-man in Sami Vatanen, New Jersey has shown that they’re a team in transition.

As a result, lesser-known players have entered more prominent roles.

Nikita Gusev is an example of these lesser-known players.

Gusev is currently on the third line for the lowly Devils but is utilized on the second powerplay unit. Currently riding a six-game point streak, the Moscow-born product has been producing at an alarming rate, scoring two goals while adding seven helpers.

While nine points in six games is impressive, what sets Gusev apart is his presence on the powerplay. During the aforementioned scoring streak, six of the nine points have been scored with the man advantage.

Without many offensive options in New Jersey, the Devils are likely to continue to turn to Gusev for the remainder of the season. Expect a promotion to a top-six role if his production on the power play remains first-rate.

Mikael Backlund, C/RW, Calgary Flames (45% Owned)

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With the Calgary Flames fighting for a playoff spot, second-line center, Mikael Backlund has risen to the occasion, becoming one of the top fantasy options on the Flames’ roster.

Currently, Backlund is playing alongside Calgary’s top scorer, Matthew Tkachuk, but lately has shown offensive prowess of his own.

Last game, Backlund was held off the scoresheet in a tilt with the Florida Panthers. This was only the second time in 13 games the 30-year-old Swede didn’t register a point.

In the 12 games prior, Backlund had racked up 19 points, scoring nine goals while adding ten assists.

As one of the hottest players on the Flames roster, Backlund offers fantasy owners an added zeal with versatility as a dual-position option.

Backlund also offers stability in non-scoring statistics as well. Backlund has accumulated 43 shots in the past 13 games for an average of 3.3 shots per game. He’s also productive at the faceoff dot, averaging over five FOW’s on the year.



For those looking to make a deep playoff run, Backlund could be the answer.


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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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