Welcome back to the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 23 Waiver Wire! What better way to kick off the playoffs than by looking at some waiver wire additions that will help push your team past the finished line.
Wheeling and dealing is the name of the game. The waiver wire is a treasure trove of fantasy output. As always, utilizing the wire to garner fantasy points is of utmost importance.
We are in the final stretch. Now is the time to put your game face on. No one is off-limits when it comes to a one-week do-or-die to move on.
If you are looking to make a trade, be sure to take a look at Kyle's breakdown of different players' trade values. I also go into detail every week on which hot players can keep their streak going, and who is bound to cool off in my weekly Unsustainable article.
We will look at some top additions for the 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 23 Waiver Wire to give your team the edge after all of the movement around the league.
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 23 Waiver Wire
Frank Vatrano, LW/RW, New York Rangers (10% rostered)
Even in deeper leagues, Frank Vatrano is likely still available.
Over the past week, Vatrano has really started to benefit from the injury to Kaapo Kakko. With the Rangers' lack of depth on the right side, Vatrano has been thrust onto the top line alongside Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. This move has been paying dividends, as Vatrano has six goals over his last seven games.
There are only two nights left this week where fewer than half of the teams are playing. This means that, in all likelihood, you will have players riding the bench.
This is where the Rangers come in. The team still has four games left this week. Three of these games come against Eastern Conference teams outside of the playoffs. They also play both off nights.
Good deployment on the top line along with a favourable schedule make Vatrano a must-add player this week. It would not surprise me to see him hit 40% ownership by this time tomorrow.
Zach Hyman, LW/RW, Edmonton Oilers (65% rostered)
Players can only stay cold for so long, and Zach Hyman is showing us that.
The once-coveted winger on the Edmonton Oilers has started to pick things up as of late. Hyman's season started with a ton of hype. By virtue of playing alongside two of the top Cs in hockey, Hyman was drafted in 100% of leagues, ahead of guys like Patrick Laine and Chris Kreider. He fell out of favour quickly and hovered around 50% ownership for the majority of the season. More recently Hyman has picked it up, notching six points over his last seven games.
Further, I am a big fan of the move to reunite Hyman with Leon Draisaitl. After spending a good chunk of the season bouncing around the bottom six, this immediately increases Hyman's fantasy appeal.
Like the Rangers, the Oilers also have the benefit of playing both off nights this week. They play the Kings on Wednesday, followed by the Blues on Friday. Edmonton finishes the week off on a high note, playing the porous Anaheim Ducks on what could be the most important day of your fantasy season.
I don't think you can do much better than Zach Hyman if you are looking for a winger with a high upside this week.
Dylan Coghlan, D, Vegas Golden Knights (0% rostered)
Finding solid options on the defensive side of things is particularly difficult on the waiver wire. If a defenseman is not a top-powerplay guy, it can be difficult to justify burning a roster spot just for the sake of filling out your D slots.
Dylan Coghlan could be a valuable addition in a lot of leagues if you are on the hunt for one more defenseman.
Coughlan is a 24-year old undrafted defenseman who has seen his role increase on the injury-ravaged Golden Knights. Recently, Coughlan has been playing alongside Shea Theodore on the team's de facto top pairing. He has also been getting some time on the second powerplay unit alongside Alex Pietrangelo on the back end.
While Coghlan won't blow you away with his offence, he has quietly been a steady fantasy option. He has been averaging over 20 minutes per night over the past couple of weeks. Over his last nine games, Coughlan has put up 25 shots, 16 hits, and 13 blocks. He has also added two assists, bringing value across a multitude of categories.
Vegas also has the benefit of playing their less successful expansion-team companions, the Seattle Kraken, twice this week. Both games come on the off nights this week, meaning that Coughlan won't be taking a spot from one of your other top defensemen.
If you are looking for some added depth across many categories, consider adding Coghlan to your mix of players.
Some pretty wild names may start hitting the waiver wire as we are now in the playoffs. This usually happens as GMs make a last-ditch effort to squeak out a win when all hope is lost. If you can afford to, I would recommend holding onto one or two of your additions until the end of the week. A lot of teams loaded with superstars don't play this Sunday. Teams like Boston, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Calgary, and Carolina all have days off. It would not surprise me to see some big names get dropped late Sunday afternoon.
Washington Capitals Players
This will not be as pertinent to you if you are in a keeper league. I apologize if this is the case.
Washington only plays two games. Unless you hold John Carlson or Alex Ovechkin, you need to seriously consider if one game from a Capitals player will bring more to your team than four games from a waiver wire replacement.
If you are in tough this week and you own Carlson or Ovechkin, you may need to ask yourself if replacing either of those players will help you squeak out a victory this week. If you don't win this week, it doesn't matter what happens next week.
All of the following players are worthy of being dropped unless you can confidently say you are moving onto the semi-finals:
All players are sitting well above 25% owned. None of them is worth more than three or four games from some of the waiver adds that I discuss above.
Nashville Predators Players
The situation in Nashville is very similar to the situation in D.C.
Depending on when you are reading this, Nashville only has one or two games left this week. Albeit, two of the games come against the league's basement dwellers in the Senators and Sabres.
I would be looking to divest from the following players if I owned any shares and needed a win this week:
While Nashville does have a very good schedule the next two weeks (eight games and two off nights), it's a moot point if you are eliminated this week.
I would recommend looking to drop these players early this week. As soon as you are confident that you will be moving on, I would swoop in to pick up any of these Predators that may have value in your league going forward.
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