2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire!

On Tuesday, Philadelphia Flyers blueliner Keith Yandle is set to make NHL history by suiting up for his 965th consecutive game.

Yandle, in his 14th season in the league, has been the benchmark for consistency at the NHL level. The ironman record holder is set to move past Doug Jarvis to claim the top spot.

Over his 965-game stretch, Yandle ranks third among defenders with 572 points during the 11-season span.

Consistency in the NHL is certainly important. In fantasy hockey, consistency is the key during the ebbs and flows of the lengthy season.

With the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire, we’ll take aim at some of the overlooked players in the league. We are hoping to find a high level of consistency and sustainable offensive production by factoring in the changing trends, schedules, and favorable matchups.

2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds

Sean Monahan, C, Calgary Flames (22% Rostered)
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During the 2018-19 season, Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan had a career year scoring 82 points in 78 games. A few years later, Monahan’s totals have drastically regressed but he is worth taking a second look at by fantasy managers.

This season Monahan has 19 points through 37 games— far from his All-Star pace from a few seasons ago. Despite a drop in numbers, fantasy owners could extract value from the veteran pivot.

In his last three games, Monahan has picked up his scoring pace, netting three of his seven goals on the year. Over this span, the 27-year-old has been dangerous in the offensive zone with 12 shots on goal. He’s also a key face-off man for the Flames, averaging ten wins per game over this span. Monahan has also seen first-line power-play minutes for Calgary and has scored a pair of power-play goals over the past three games. 

Monahan plays alongside grinder Milan Lucic and Dillon Dube on the third even-strength line and is the clear offensive breadwinner between the trio. Expect Monahan to continue to play an important role for the Flames going forward.

Tim Stützle, C/LW, Ottawa Senators (34% Rostered)
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At just 20 years old, Tim Stützle is one of the league’s best young stars.

The youngest Senator is already seeing second-line minutes in Ottawa, averaging a healthy 17:33 minutes per game, ranking fifth among forwards in Canada’s capital city.

Through 34 games, the German national has seven goals and 12 helpers but has picked up two goals and a pair of assists over his last five starts. 

The Ottawa Senators will become the busiest team in the NHL in February, playing 10 games from Feb. 7-22. The NHL was originally set to pause the season to accommodate players participating in the Olympics, but due to spikes in COVID-19 rates, the league has opted to use the three-week window to make up postponed games.

The sheer number of games played makes the young playmaker an attractive option for prospective fantasy owners. If there’s a horse to back in Ottawa, it’s Stützle.

Hampus Lindholm, D, Anaheim Ducks (12% Rostered)
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Hampus Lindholm has been a stalwart for the Anaheim Ducks organization for the past nine seasons. Heading into a free agency at the end of the season, Lindholm has extra motivation to put up points for the Ducks.

Lindholm is on pace for the most points in his career and currently has four goals and 14 assists through 42 games played. While these numbers are somewhat modest, the trusty defender has stood out through the past two games, scoring four assists, including a three-point effort on Monday night.

Lindholm has aged like fine wine for the Ducks and is on pace for his highest point and shot totals of his career. In second place in the Pacific Division, the Anaheim Ducks look to have playoff aspirations with Lindholm being a focal piece in all aspects of the game. On Monday, the 28-year-old blueliner notched an assist on the man advantage, even strength, and on the penalty kill. 

While fantasy owners shouldn’t expect the Swede to maintain his recent elite offensive production, even a slight regression still makes him a weapon worthy of a roster spot.

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Pavel Francouz, G, Colorado Avalanche (47% Rostered)

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If a starting goaltender is the most important position in hockey, it could be argued that the second most important is the backup.

Pavel Francouz is arguably the best second-stringer in the NHL.

Francouz has won his last six appearances for the Colorado Avalanche and has notched a pair of shutouts in his past two games. During his six-game win streak, Francouz has only given up nine goals, while sporting a .942 save percentage.

Playing on one of the most explosive offensive teams in the NHL helps the 31-year-old netminder, as goal support is rarely an issue. 

On the season, Francouz sports a 6-1-0 record with a 2.03 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. With these solid numbers, expect Francouz to challenge Darcy Kuemper for the starting role.

Waiver Drops

Jakob Chychrun, D, Arizona Coyotes (55% Rostered)

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Playing for Arizona is like being in purgatory. Luckily for Jacob Chychrun, there’s been plenty of trade speculation surrounding the young defender.

Chychrun has been having a putrid year for the Coyotes. In 29 games the 23-year-old has just two goals and six assists while boasting a -31 rating.

As bad as these numbers are, many teams will look to acquire the blueliner prior to the trade deadline. Until a trade happens, fantasy managers are better off playing the waiver wire for a more consistent offensive defenseman. 

Tuuka Rask, G, Boston Bruins (68% Rostered)

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Tuuka Rask has a good chance of making it to the Hall of Fame. Despite a spectacular career with the Boston Bruins, the 34-year-old goaltender is beginning to show his age.

In his last four games since returning to the Bruins, Rask has allowed 14 goals against and most recently posted a five-goal loss to the Anaheim Ducks. On the year, Rask has just two wins to go along with a 4.28 goals-against average and a sub-par .844% save percentage.

Unfortunately for Rask and fantasy owners alike, his best days are behind him.

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