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2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire

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Fantasy hockey is finally underway. Listen up. It’s time to get schooled.

The names of the past no longer bare weight (in some cases), and people you’ve never heard of are suddenly the guys you should set your sights on. This week, we’ll be looking at the 2019 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire, in order to propel your team off to a great start.

Wake up kids.

2019-20 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire

Roope Hintz, C/LW, Dallas Stars (56% Owned)

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Roope Hintz is a gem.

Fantasy owners worth their weight in childish insults would have already picked this guy up long ago. Nonetheless, the second-line center for the Dallas Stars remains one of the best-kept secrets in the league. Hintz has a total of five points over the first six games of the season.

Scoring a goal in the NHL is hard. Hintz makes it look easy. The Finnish spark plug has finally proved himself in an NHL setting. Scoring four goals in the first four games was an immediate indication of his ability. Despite only procuring an assist in the games following, Hintz still remains one of the top twine ticklers of Dallas’ already potent offense.

The line-mates Hintz will be grouped with for the season is not abundantly clear at the moment, but for the time being, playing alongside of former Rocket Richard Trophy winner, Corey Perry ought to do. Both have a shoot-first mentality, which should translate to a lot of shots on goal.

Dallas has a heavy schedule coming up and Hintz is worth picking up in all formats.

Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, Montreal Canadiens (37% Owned)

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For the majority of his career, Jonathan Drouin has been underwhelming. The former third-overall selection in the 2013 draft was expected to make an impact in the NHL immediately. The skill level was always there, though it didn’t necessarily translate into the NHL game. Now that Drouin has been acclimated to the pace and physicality of the league, he’s starting to produce.

Drouin has had an excellent start to the 2019-’20 campaign. The speedy forward has managed to pick up at least a point in each of the first five games. Thus far, Drouin has two goals, four assists and a +2 rating while playing on the Canadien’s third line.

With 14 shots on goal to start the season, expect Drouin’s offensive production to continue. He’s worth a pickup in deeper leagues.

Vladislav Namestnikov, LW/RW, Ottawa Senators (6% Owned)

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Now on his third NHL team, Vladislav Namestnikov seems to be hitting his stride. Playing against one of his former teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Namestnikov showed why he’s a top-six forward. In the 4-2 win against the Bolts, Namestnikov potted two goals and added an assist.

Since being acquired via trade from the New York Rangers, Namestnikov has been taking advantage of the Senator’s lack of depth, skating on the second line and finding time on the power-play.

Expect the 26-year-old’s offensive role to expand in Ottawa, as opposed to his role as a third and fourth-liner while in the Big Apple. One issue that will likely plague the Russian goal scorer, is in the plus-minus department. Ottawa is going to get lit up on a regular basis, and Namestnikov’s rating (which is currently even) will drop.

The wait-and-see approach is the best route for fantasy owners for the time being. However, if you’re looking to take a two-position flyer, the journeyman might prove to be a sneaky add.

Neal Pionk, D, Winnipeg Jets (30% Owned)

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Last year the Winnipeg Jets looked like a championship-caliber team, with one of the most balanced rosters in the league. Now with the potential retirement of Dustin Byfuglien as well as offseason moves, the Jets now have a completely new cast on the blue line. The only player that is still on the Jets’ defensive corps was Josh Morrissey.

This means there is ample room on the back-end for fantasy owners take advantage of. Neal Pionk has directly benefited from the change of tide in Winnipeg.

In the Jets’ first six games of the season, Pionk notched five points (two goals, three assists). At over 23 minutes player per game, Pionk has been given ample opportunity. On the second line, and the lone defenseman on the second power-play unit, the Minnesota native has been given a big role in Manitoba’s capital.

Neal Pionk is not exactly a household name, but his added responsibility on the Jets blue line should help owners looking for solid D-man with a diverse stat line.


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About Tyler Mulligan

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

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