2019 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan

The Chicago Blackhawks have finally found their spark. After being dead last in the Western Conference, the Hawks are now flirting with a playoff position. In the last 10 games, Chicago has been red hot, posting an 8-2-0 record. Finding success from their top two lines has been impactful for the team and also has huge fantasy implications.

In this week's rendition of waiver wire pick-ups, we’ll look at some of the players who have contributed to the recent prosperity for the Blackhawks and also take a look at some of the waiver-friendly options from throughout the league.

All ownership percentages are based on Yahoo statistics.

2019 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Waiver Wire

Dylan Strome, C,  Chicago Blackhawks (32% Owned)

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Playing alongside Alex DeBrincat on the Blackhawks second line has seemingly reinvigorated Strome’s offensive production. The chemistry between the young forwards is expected, as the two are former junior linemates for the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters.

In the past 10 games, Strome has been on fire, amassing 16 points. In this period, the Mississauga, Ontario native has accumulated four goals, 12 assists, five power-play points, 16 shots on goal and a +10 rating. Strome is a former third overall pick (behind Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel) and has potential to continue on this offensive tear.

Strome should not be on any waiver wire. If he’s available, pick him up and don’t think twice about it.

Dominik Kahun, C,LW, RW, Chicago Blackhawks (7% Owned)

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There are three players to every line, and you guessed it: Dominik Kahun is the third musketeer to Strome and DeBrincat. Although the upside to Kahun is not at the same level as Strome or DeBrincat, Kahun still serves as a solid consolation prize for those who miss out on Strome’s availability.

Kahun has been scoring in bunches as of late, accumulating nine points in the last seven games. In that span, the German national has three goals, six assists, a power-play point and 16 shots on goal. Kahun has also posted four multi-point performances during the timeframe. If this production holds up and the line stays hot, Kahun will continue to be a viable option in most fantasy circles.

Another plus to Kahun is his multi-position eligibility. This could help when you’re deciding who to drop from your team.

Jordan Oesterle, D, Arizona Coyotes (3% Owned)

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As a defenceman in Arizona, Jordan Oesterle is not a household name. Recently, however, Oesterle has been putting up numbers that would garner more attention in a larger hockey market.

The Arizona Coyotes blue-liner plays on the third defensive pairing but has been getting time on the power-play unit. Oesterle has been one of the bright spots on the Coyotes, a franchise that has essentially capitulated. In the last seven games, the 26-year-old defenceman has scored two goals and racked up five assists, including two power-play points. During this time, Oesterle has also blocked 14 shots.

The key here is Oesterle’s promotion to the power-play. Assuming the journeyman defenceman stays involved in special teams, point production should continue, even if his shot percentage (11.1%) decreases.

Pick him up in deeper leagues as a streaming option.

Petr Mrazek, G, Carolina Hurricanes (26% Owned)

The Carolina Hurricanes have received backlash from Don Cherry, host of Coaches Corner and tacky suit aficionado, for their post-game celebrations. Although Cherry may not like the malarkey that ensues, these choreographed displays have become common because the Canes are hot. Part of this is due to goaltender Peter Mrazek, and his ability to shut down the competition.

In his last three starts, Mrazek has two shutouts, which will make any fantasy owner salivate like Pavlov’s dogs. During this time, Mrazek has a 0.962 SV% and a 1.00 GAA. Although Mrazek is currently in a time-share situation with Curtis McElhinney, the Czech netminder is the best option for fantasy owners because of the shutout capability.

With the Carolina Hurricanes becoming the quiet storm in the NHL, handcuffing Mrazek and McElhinney is an option if space is available within the roster.

Be sure to take a look at Keith's Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Planner to stay ahead of the curve.

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