Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Waiver Wire!
With the playoffs just around the corner, there's no better time to shake things up.
The best fantasy managers take inventory, trim the fat and look to instill new blood as the season advances.
Toward the end of the regular season, where injuries are rife and fantasy outlooks become clear, making tough waiver decisions becomes a necessity.
With the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Waiver Wire, we'll delve through a list of waiver options to help get your team to the promised land.
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Waiver Wire
Michael Bunting, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs (49% Rostered)
Michael Bunting, who is leading NHL rookies in goals scored with 19, has been on an offensive tear lately.
Playing alongside Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, Bunting has managed to net three goals and five assists in his past four games. On Saturday against the Detroit Redwings, Bunting scored a goal and chipped in four assists in a 10-7 victory where goaltenders simply didn’t show up to play.
Despite the lackluster goaltending from both sides, there’s no doubt that Bunting has been gelling with his star-studded linemates. The 26-year-old has also seen some time on the power play, offering fantasy owners even more upside.
Through 53 games played, Bunting has 41 points, 52 hits, a +16 rating to go along with 119 shots. His 16 percent scoring rate is likely unsustainable, but playing with Marner and Matthews should allow the rookie to continue to put up numbers.
Blake Coleman, LW/RW, Calgary Flames (31% Rostered)
Scoring a goal and three assists over his last three games, Blake Coleman has excelled as the Calgary Flames remain one of the NHL’s hottest teams.
The Flames have won 11 of their last 12 games, and have had ample goal support from their depth cast. Coleman has been consistent over the 12-game stretch, scoring four goals and eight helpers over this span.
Coleman, one of Calgary’s most physical wingers, also racks up plenty of penalty minutes and has averaged over two hits per game. He has also accumulated 31 shots on goal during the 12-game span.
The 30-year-old veteran has 11 goals, 13 assists a +9 rating to go along with 154 shots on the season. Those looking for solid all-around stats should take a close look at Coleman.
Colton Parayko, D, St. Louis Blues (29% Rostered)
With six goals and 15 assists on the year, Colton Parayko isn’t exactly the sexiest pick for fantasy owners to make.
His peripheral stats, however, make the blueliner a solid choice.
In his seventh season with the Blues, Parayko is seeing the most ice time of his career at 24:03 per game. He’s being utilized in both offensive and defensive situations and has 119 blocked shots, good for fifth in the NHL.
Parayko has a +14 rating over his last eight games and has combined for a goal and two assists to go along with 16 shots over this span.
The Blues have been trending upwards and as long as he stays healthy, Parayko should be a vital piece heading toward the playoffs.
Jacob Trouba, D, New York Rangers (83% Rostered)
Jacob Trouba had been solid this season for the Rangers, scoring eight goals and 16 assists on the season, but recently he’s fallen off the map.
Unable to score a point in his last seven appearances, the 28-year-old has been flat. Outside of a single season with the Winnipeg Jets where he scored 50 points, Trouba has never broken 33 points in a single season. This year seems to be no different.
Trouba ranks highly with 144 hits and 119 blocked shots, but for successful fantasy owners, you need offensive support from your defensemen.
Unless Trouba can get back into the scoring column, there are better options elsewhere.
Brock Boeser, RW, Vancouver Canucks (72% Rostered)
Brock Boeser is on pace for his least productive season to date.
With just 15 goals and 15 assists, the 25-year-old sniper hasn’t impressed while the Vancouver Canucks sit near the bottom of the Pacific Division.
Boeser is on Vancouver’s top line, skating alongside Bo Horvat and Vasily Podolzkin, on arguably the NHL’s least exciting top line. The line has only managed a single goal while playing together.
Unless the trio starts building chemistry, fantasy owners might want to use Boeser as trade bait— or better yet, drop him entirely.
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