Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire!
The NHL Trade Deadline is just around the corner and we’ll soon see who will be wheeling and dealing at the eleventh hour.
While teams look to reinvigorate their lineups through trades, fantasy managers should take this as a sign to inject new blood into their rosters as well.
Jakob Chychrun of the Arizona Coyotes and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers seem to be the top of the trade bait list heading into the deadline. Keep a lookout for contenders like Florida or Colorado to attempt to bring in more talent for a championship run.
With the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire, we’ll take a look at some of the best pickups you can make for a championship run of your own.
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire
Valeri Nichushkin, LW/RW, Colorado Avalanche (21% Rostered)
Now that Gabriel Landeskog is out for an extended period of time with a knee injury, The Colorado Avalanche has a big-bodied replacement in Valeri Nichushkin.
COL coach Jared Bednar announces Gabriel Landeskog needs knee surgery, but they hope to have him back for stretch run. And, Sam Girard out four weeks
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 12, 2022
Nichushkin’s de facto promotion to the top line in Colorado will certainly bring about a dramatic change in his fantasy value. The proximity to two of the most explosive players in the league is bound to pay dividends for the Russian national.
Simply playing alongside two All-Star caliber players should make the 27-year-old one of the top pickups of the week.
Tage Thompson, C/LW/RW, Buffalo Sabres (50% Rostered)
With 24 goals and 20 assists in 56 games played, Tage Thompson is quietly having a breakout season for the Sabres.
In his most recent outing, Thompson scored a shorthanded marker and added an assist in Buffalo’s 5-2 drubbing of the Leafs in the Heritage Classic. He also got a
The Arizona native is on pace for over 30 goals this season, despite his lack of notoriety.
Thompson’s triple eligibility also certainly helps his value as managers can utilize his versatility throughout lineups.
Ryan Johansen, C, Nashville Predators (28% Rostered)
Although Ryan Johansen isn’t known for his scoring, the 29-year-old veteran has always had a knack for finding the open man.
Three seasons removed from a 50 assist year, Johansen has shown he still has plenty of moxie. Through 56 games he has 29 assists to go along with 15 goals and 16 power-play points.
Johansen has been heating up as of late, scoring two goals and seven assists in his last seven contests.
He’s also a maestro at the face-off dot for leagues with FW’s in their categories, averaging 8.8 per game.
Petr Mrazek, G, Toronto Maple Leafs (53% Rostered)
If you’re a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, then you know why Mrazek is on the drop list.
He’s seemingly unable to find his goalposts at times and has had issues with rebound control. Toronto is a tough market for any goalie during a down stretch.
Since joining the Leafs, Mrazek has looked like a shell of his former self. Over his last six appearances, he has allowed 22 goals on 156 shots for a 0.859 save percentage.
While he has 10 wins on the year as a backup, his goals-against average currently sits at 3.48 while his season save percentage is a dismal .884.
To add to the problems for Mrazek, rookie goaltender Erik Källgren became the fourth Leaf to record a shutout in his first NHL start on Monday night.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 16, 2022
Ondrej Palat, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning (72% Rostered)
Ondrej Palat was a vital piece in each of Tampa Bay’s recent Stanley Cup runs, but lately, he’s dropped off the face of the Earth.
The 30-year-old winger is currently on a seven-game pointless streak and has only mustered 33 points this season. Despite playing alongside skilled center Brayden Point on the second line, the Czech hasn’t been able to get it going offensively.
Likely a result of his inability to score, Palat has also seen a dip in his ice time, averaging just over 15 minutes in his last eight games.
Fantasy owners should look for other options as opportunities present themselves around the deadline.
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