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2019 Fantasy Hockey Week 23 Waiver Wire

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This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The 2019 Fantasy Hockey Championship. There’s a reason you’ve been waking up early every day to hawk the waiver wire. There’s a reason you’ve been consuming fantasy knowledge for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Whether it’s for a trophy, a sum of money or just good ol’ bragging rights, there’s a lot riding on this final week. In the championship rendition of waiver wire pick-ups, we’ll take a look at who can put your team over the top in order to win your league, but most importantly, give you the upper hand when insulting your close friends all off-season long.

Cue the Rocky montage music; we’re in for one last ride.


All ownership percentages are based on Yahoo statistics.

2019 Fantasy Hockey Week 23 Waiver Wire

Jakob Silfverberg, RW, Anaheim Ducks (29% owned)

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The Anaheim Ducks have no chance of making it to the big dance. This, however, doesn’t necessarily mean their players can’t help you in making it to yours. Silfverberg has been one of the few bright spots in Anaheim over the past few weeks. He’s no superstar, but he’s a solid enough player in an aging roster to get serious minutes both 5-on-5 and on the power-play unit.

Silfverberg has scored five goals and four assists in the last eight games. Playing on the second line, Silfverberg has seen upwards of 20 minutes per game. Also considering the fact that he’s on the first power-play line, it’s a solid option for those looking to rack up points on the PP.

His downside this year has been in the plus/minus category. On the year, the Swede has a -13 rating, mainly because of playing on arguably the NHL’s biggest dumpster fire of a hockey team. In the past couple of weeks, however, he’s been excellent in the plus/minus department, posting a +6 rating over the past eight games.

Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes (29% owned)

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Carolina might be making the headlines because of their hilarious post-game celebrations, but it has been their play on the ice that’s most impressive. Quietly, rookie Andrei Svechnikov has been coming into his own at the right time for fantasy owners. The 19-year old has only scored 18 goals with 15 assists this season but has been in a groove as of late, racking up three goals and an assist in his last three games.

Often young players can be streaky, which has been the case for Svechnikov this season. The goal is to identify the streak and take advantage.

He’s a solid player with amazing upside because of his speed and skill. Playing on the second line with veteran Jordan Stall and speedy Teuro Teravainen can be a blessing for the young Russian and fantasy owners alike, so long as the chemistry continues. Playing on the second power-play unit is definitely a plus, although, at 17.2%, Carolina’s PP unit is below the league average. He’s also racked up 110 hits and 56 PIMs on the year.

Roope Hintz, C/LW, Dallas Stars (1% owned)

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Who is Roope Hintz?

Hintz is the least well-known player on this list. His impact on your fantasy team could be the largest.

The Finnish forward has found himself on the top line of the Stars with fantasy studs Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov. His promotion to the top line came after doing three stints in the AHL this year. Since moving up to the top line, the 22-year-old rookie has scored four goals in the last three games.

Completely unknown to most fantasy owners, this kid could be the proverbial golden ticket to winning a championship. Not only is Hintz playing on the top line at even strength, he’s even seeing time on the first power-play unit. Just being on the ice with Radulov and Seguin, will get you points.

Expect a great week from the former second-round pick of the 2015 draft.

Brendan Perlini, LW/RW, Chicago Blackhawks (7% owned)

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Perlini is one of the hottest players in the NHL at the moment, making him an intriguing option given his ownership across Yahoo leagues. In the past three games, the Blackhawks winger has netted five goals, while chipping in two assists and a +3 rating. Playing with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome, Perlini is bound to rack up more points.

Since playing with his new linemates, Perlini has eight goals and two assists in his last seven games, including a hat-trick against the Coyotes. During this span, the 6-foot-3 sniper has 22 SOG and a +7 rating.

Expect the strong chemistry to continue, especially with Strome. The teammates played together in the 2016 World Junior Championship for Team Canada.

Pick up Perlini and ride him to a first-place trophy.

About Tyler Mulligan

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

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