Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 20 Waiver Wire!
The NHL trade deadline is quickly approaching and with that, so are the fantasy hockey playoffs.
In each trade, there’s a winner and a loser. Same with fantasy hockey.
Even if you’re not looking to blow up your fantasy team through last-minute trades, it’s never a bad idea to inject some new blood into your lineup. Having a steady cycle of waiver adds and drops is crucial to fantasy success. By doing so, managers can ride trends, capitalize on injuries and ultimately maximize fantasy output.
With the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 20 waiver wire, we’ll look at options to bolster your lineup in time for the playoffs.
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 20 Waiver Wire
Nick Schmaltz, C/RW, Arizona Coyotes (18% Rostered)
The last month has been the best stretch of Nick Schmaltz’s career.
Part of that has to do with the forward scoring an astonishing seven points (two goals, five assists) in an 8-5 victory over the Ottawa Senators last Saturday.
Sure, games like that aren’t a great litmus test for sustainable offensive production. If you delve into his scoring history over a 10-game stretch, however, his numbers are beyond impressive— especially for a player largely overlooked in fantasy circles.
In his last ten starts with the University of Arizona Coyotes, Schmaltz has 11 goals and 10 assists.
🔟 points in the last two games for Nick Schmaltz. 🤯
— NHL (@NHL) March 9, 2022
The Coyotes certainly lack many bright spots, but Schmaltz’s stretch is an exception.
With Schmaltz playing alongside offensive dynamo, Clayton Keller, adding the budding forward is a no-brainer.
Cam Fowler, D, Anaheim Ducks (39% Rostered)
Cam Fowler has never been known as an offensive-minded defenseman. That said, even as a two-way blueliner, he can still chip in the odd point.
Despite the Anaheim Ducks laying an egg against the Chicago Blackhawks in their last contest, Fowler managed to pick up an assist. He has now scored six assists through his last four outings. One of those assists occurred on the power play.
With six goals and 26 helpers for 31 points, the 30-year-old is on pace to break the 40-point milestone for the first time since his rookie campaign
With 91 shots on goal to go along with 84 blocked shots and 26 hits on the year, Fowler offers solid fantasy production.
Antti Raanta, G, Carolina Hurricanes (20% Rostered)
With Frederik Andersen currently on the shelf with an undisclosed injury, Antti Raanta is the next man up in Carolina.
In his last two starts, Raanta has allowed just four goals on 54 shots with a 0.926 save percentage.
In his last appearance, the Hurricanes’ netminder turned away 28 of 30 shots defeating the Seattle Kraken. With the victory, Raanta improves to 9-3-2 on the season.
Carolina ranks seventh in the NHL in goals for. They are also leading the league with just 134 goals against this season.
Radko Gudas, D, Florida Panthers (56% Rostered)
While Radio Gudas isn’t known for his scoring, when he’s on the top-scoring team in the league and still not scoring, questions start being raised.
Sure, he’s known for hits and PIMs, but when you’re on the Florida Panthers that have netted 231 goals through 56 games, points should come by proxy. This simply isn’t the case for Gudas who has just one goal and 11 assists on the year.
Championship fantasy teams need offensive production from the backend. Gudas simply doesn’t deliver on the scoresheet.
Chandler Stephenson, C/LW/RW (52% Rostered)
I’m a big proponent of dual and triple-eligibility players— they offer excellent flexibility within rosters.
Despite Chandler Stephenson’s ability to be deployed across your forward slots, his lack of production as of late has been dismal.
While his season totals are respectable (14 goals, 28 assists), in his last five games the former Capital has a measly one assist.
Not known for his hitting or shot-blocking prowess, Stephenson has struggled down the stretch and more well-rounded options are available on the wire.
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