2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire!

We're closing in on the homestretch of the fantasy hockey regular season, and whether you’re looking to keep your spot in the playoffs, or looking to put together some late-season magic, we’ve got you covered.

As always, playing the waiver wire is one of the best ways to stay relevant in fantasy leagues. By utilizing analytics, depth chart changes, and old-fashioned hunches, we’ll bring to light some of the top options that may be left unclaimed on your league’s waivers.

Fantasy sports are all about bragging rights and asserting your dominance over friends and family. With the 2021-22 Week 16 Wavier Wire, we aim to give you a few tips on assuming your role as the top dog.

Heading into the All-Star break, fantasy owners should prepare for a double week and should adjust lineups accordingly.

2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 16 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds

Mason Marchment, LW, Florida Panthers (16% Rostered)

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The Florida Panthers have been an offensive powerhouse as of late and Mason Marchment has been arguably their hottest player.

The 26-year-old has been on a tear, scoring six goals and six assists in his last four games. In the Panthers’ last tilt with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the winger scored an astounding six points, notching two goals and four helpers. Marchment became just the second Panther to score six points since Olli Jokinen set the bar in 2007.

With 23 points in 21 games, Marchment is already having a career season. The winger also sports a +22 rating while scoring at an 18.2-percent clip.

Marchment’s recent offensive outburst leaves him as a top waiver addition heading into the All-Star break.

Alexander Kerfoot, C/LW/RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (19% Rostered)

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Currently on a four-game win streak, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been leaning on their depth for production. Alexander Kerfoot has been a primary piece for the Leafs, scoring five assists through the stretch.

What’s most impressive about Kerfoot’s output is his ability to get on the scoresheet at every level of the game. The Leafs employ the 27-year-old on both the penalty kill and the power play. Through the last four games, he’s been able to notch an assist on both the man advantage and with a player down, not to mention at even strength.

With Kerfoot’s dynamism, fantasy owners should target him before he’s no longer widely available.

The former fifth-round pick has six goals and 25 assists through 41 games while adding 32 hits and a +22 rating on the year.

Valeri Nichushkin, LW/RW, Colorado Avalanche (32% Rostered)

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With Nathan MacKinnon sidelined due to a facial fracture, Valeri Nichushkin has been promoted to one of the best lines in the NHL. 

Skating alongside Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog, the towering winger is worth a look in all league formats. Scoring two goals and four assists in his last five outings is just the start for Nichushkin, who has the potential to explode in the near future for the Avalanche.

The 26-year-old is also productive in other areas, having racked up 45 hits and a +22 rating to go with 23 points in 27 games.

As long as MacKinnon is out with his concussion/facial fracture, Nichushkin should continue to stay productive. 

Waiver Drops

Jordan Binnington, G, St. Louis Blues (76% Rostered)

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Solid goaltending is tough to come by in fantasy hockey. Often, highly-touted players disappoint down the stretch, and outside of a few core netminders, drafting a consistent goalie is akin to a roll of the dice.

Jordan Binnington was considered to be a top-five option for fantasy owners at the start of the year, but his recent struggles and the meteoric rise of Ville Husso have left the 28-year-old on the outside looking in.

The Blues’ former third-round pick let in seven goals on 35 shots last game against Calgary, getting the hook after the second frame. In the game prior he didn’t fare much better, allowing six goals in a defeat to Toronto.

Binnington now has an 11-9-3 record with a 3.27 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. Husso is currently the horse to back in St. Louis.

Neal Pionk, D, Winnipeg Jets (80% Rostered)

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Although Neal Pionk shone over the past two seasons for the Winnipeg Jets, the Omaha native has become stagnant on the Winnipeg blue line.

Pionk has just one assist to his name over the last eight games and zero power-play points. Nate Schmidt has replaced Pionk on the top power-play unit in Winnipeg as a result of Pionk's lack of production.

Even with 95 hits through 38 games on the season, fantasy owners need a much larger offensive production from their defenders to stay fantasy viable. With just two goals and 16 assists in 38 games, fantasy owners should consider sending Pionk out to pasture.


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