2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire!

Wheeling and dealing is the name of the game. The waiver wire is a treasure trove of fantasy output and as always, utilizing the wire to garner fantasy points is of utmost importance.

Each week, we analyze matchups, trends, and depth chart changes to predict which players will add value to your fantasy squad.

With one week in the books, there’s no better time than the present to play the wire. Fantasy managers that started hot, will look to stay in the win column. Those who lost their first matchup will look to claw back.

This week we’ll look at some of the top adds of the week to give your team the edge.

2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds

Nazem Kadri, C, Colorado Avalanche (40% Rostered)

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Nazem Kadri isn’t winning many popularity contests in Colorado for his playoff antics that got him suspended from the playoffs last season. In fact, he probably won’t be receiving Christmas cards from Maple Leaf fans, because he did the exact same thing in Toronto two years in a row.

Kadri straddles the line of acceptable on-ice behavior, which has given him an edge throughout his career. Other times, he crosses the line and has paid the price for it with multiple fines and suspensions.

Say what you want about the 31-year-old; he’s the real deal— a skillful player who can bulge the twine when given the opportunity. The gritty centerman has two seasons where he scored 30+ goals under his belt and two seasons where he’s logged over 90 PIMs.

With Nathan MacKinnon currently sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols, Kadri is playing on one of the most lethal lines in the league alongside Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen.

He’s currently a no-brainer to pick up, but he might retain value upon the Return of the MacK.

Tyler Bertuzzi, LW/RW, Detroit Red Wings (58% Rostered)

While we usually don’t include players that are rostered in more than 50 per of leagues, we’ll make an exception for Tyler Bertuzzi.

The Detroit winger’s fantasy stock skyrocketed from the high 20’s to nearly 60 percent over the weekend due to a blistering performance against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, Tampa Bay Lightning. Bertuzzi notched four goals against the Bolts en route to a 7-6 victory.

Through two games the fifth-year forward four goals with one assist and a power-play marker on just six shots. Needless to say, his conversion rate is astronomical at the moment but will come back to the Earth’s atmosphere.

This is pretty much Bertuzzi’s production ceiling and Fantasy managers should temper their expectations. With that being said, he’s an offensively gifted player on a team young without many other options.

Bertuzzi is a good play in all formats and should be rostered immediately.

Anton Forsberg, G, Ottawa Senators (12% Rostered)

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Anton Forsberg finally has a home in Ottawa after bouncing between several organizations last season. With the circumstances of the COVID-riddled season of last year, goaltenders were in high demand, leading to Forsberg being claimed off waivers by Carolina, Winnipeg and Ottawa after being sent down by the Edmonton Oilers.

Forsberg has started the season strong for the exciting Senators going 1-1 in two games against the Maple Leafs.

Against an exceptionally potent Leafs' offense, Forsberg stood tall, turning aside 72 of 77 shots through the first two games, posting a .935 save percentage. While a 2.55 GAA isn’t elite, the volume of shots he faced was exceptionally high. In Ottawa’s opening matchup, Forsberg stopped 46 of 48 shots. Forsberg should receive the majority of starts over Filip Gustavson who was called up from the minors while Matt Murray is out with an illness.

He’s worth the add if you’re looking to log extra goalie starts.

Rasmus Ristolainen, D, Philadelphia Flyers (41% Rostered)

Rasmus Ristolainen is a victim.

Ristolainen was once a promising prospect— a towering defenseman who would go eighth-overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. At that point, what should've been a huge step forward in his career was turned out to be purgatory.

Of course, he was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres who have more in common with a dumpster fire than they do with fellow NHL franchises. This offseason, however, Ristolainen signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Finally, the Finnish blueliner is free from the maniacal clutches of Sabres owner, Terry Pegula.

Ristolainen has yet to play a game in Philadelphia due to injury but looks to be back in the fold shortly, according to Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault. Even though he’s not likely to receive top-pairing minutes out of the gate, Ristolainen is objectively in a better situation.

Although, it’s a speculative move, picking up the 26-year-old has a chance to pay off down the road.

Waiver Drops

Although it’s still early in the season, in order to pick up some of the best waiver wire adds, sharpening the ax is a necessity. Often managers erroneously think with their heart rather than their head. Next, we’ll bring down the guillotine on some of the first drop candidates of the season rostered in 40% of leagues or more.

Jake Muzzin, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (64% Rostered)

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are known for their razzle-dazzle, offensive firepower and high-scoring fantasy production. With the likes of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, fantasy managers are sure to salivate like Pavlov’s dogs by simply looking at their roster.

Unfortunately, veteran defender, Jake Muzzin, doesn’t exactly garner the same excitement.

Muzzin is a defensive blueliner and serves as the Ying to Toronto’s star’s Yang. This is good for the balance of an NHL roster, but it doesn’t really help from a fantasy perspective.  In terms of points, Muzzin won’t be a stalwart because of his style of play and lack of deployment on the man advantage.

At 32-years old, Muzzin is no spring chicken, and it shows. Through four games, Muzzin hasn’t registered point to go along with a -2 rating. With the emergence of Rasmus Sandin as a quality puck-moving defenseman, don’t expect Muzzin’s stock to grow anytime soon.

Evander Kane, LW/RW, San Jose Sharks (35% Rostered)

Again, we’ll make an exception with the 40-percent rule as typically players under this level of rostership aren’t usually noteworthy.

Evander Kane on the other hand has enough star power for Fantasy managers to begrudgingly hold onto. Kane was the top fantasy performer in San Jose, stuffing the stat sheet with his finishing ability and with his physical play. On the ice, he’s a stud. Off the ice, he leaves little to be desired.

Constantly in the news for domestic issues, allegations of gambling on his own games and most recently, being suspended for 21 games for breaking COVID protocol after submitting a forged vaccination card.

I’m betting he doesn’t play this season amid the off-ice hoopla. Even if he does play, who knows how long it will take the 30-year-old to end up in hot water?


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