2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 10 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 10 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 10 Waiver Wire!

We're closing in on the homestretch of the fantasy hockey regular season, and whether you’re looking to keep your spot in the playoffs, or looking to put together some late-season magic, we’ve got you covered.

As always, playing the waiver wire is one of the best ways to stay relevant in fantasy leagues. By utilizing analytics, depth chart changes, and old-fashioned hunches, we’ll bring to light some of the top options that may be left unclaimed on your league’s waivers.

Fantasy sports are all about bragging rights and asserting your dominance over friends and family. With the 2021 Week 10 Wavier Wire, we aim to give you a few tips on assuming your role as top dog.

2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 10 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds

Yanni Gourde, C/LW/RW, Tampa Bay Lightning (45% Rostered)

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Triple eligibility is always a bonus in fantasy hockey. Few players are as dynamic within a fantasy lineup as Yanni Gourde.

Despite centering the Lightning’s third line, Gourde is commonly playing nearly 20 minutes per game. This season, he’s averaging 15:33 per game but has seen an uptick lately as he’s being utilized on the power play.

Gourde is also ramping up his production scoring in three-straight games. He’s also added an assist and two power-play points during this stretch. Gourde is now up to 20 points in 31 games, but his usage on the power play could skyrocket him to more offensive production. His volume of shots (68) is behind only Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman on the Bolts.

As a result, Gourde headlines the waiver additions for Week 10. Get him on your team!

Adam Henrique, C/LW, Anaheim Ducks (18% Rostered)

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The Anaheim Ducks have been anything but mighty in the 2021 season. After 32 games, they find themselves with a 9-17-6 record. Their record is good for nothing but a last-place spot in the West Division.

With that being said, they have plenty to look forward to, as their youthful talent is off the charts. Right now it doesn’t look good on paper, but within a few years, they might be a force to be reckoned with.

Despite the abysmal record, the Ducks have had success from some of their veteran corps, namely Adam Henrique. The 30-year-old is currently centering the second line, which also includes Trevor Zegras. After his showing at the World Juniors, as well as his silky hands on the Ducks power play, there’s no doubt that he’ll be a star.

Henrique had three goals and a pair of assists in the previous three games, heading into Monday’s tilt with the Minnesota Wild. As the hottest offensive option for the Ducks, he should be rostered in more leagues than what he currently is.

Fantasy owners shouldn’t think twice about getting the Brantford, Ontario native into their lineup.

Ryan Graves, D, Colorado Avalanche (31% Rostered)

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With Cale Makar back in action, some might fade Ryan Graves.

Fantasy owners should instead take a chance on the young D-man, as he’s trending upward despite Makar being back in the lineup.

In his past seven games, he’s accumulated five assists to go along with a +10 rating. While I don’t always value plus/minus as an indicator of whether or not a player is doing well, it doesn’t hurt with regards to fantasy value. It’s more of an indicator of a great team, which is also a plus for any prospective owners.

Seeing around 20 minutes per game, Graves will have ample opportunity to stuff the stat sheet. Fantasy owners in need of an extra defender should think about getting the third-year point man on their squad.

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Eeli Tolvanen, LW/RW (8% Rostered)

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The Nashville Predators are no longer cup contenders.

They’re miles from the dominant team that made an appearance at the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals.

With that being said, they’re 3-1-0 in their past four outings, thanks in large part to their dynamic top line. Filip Forsberg is an elite playmaker, Ryan Johansen has a track record of being a game-changer, and then you have Eeli Tolvanen.

Tolvanen showed why he’s up to the challenge of playing on the Pred’s first line on Sunday’s win over the Dallas Stars. The Finnish winger, scored a goal while adding two helpers to help push Nashville surge past the Stars in a 4-3 victory.

Tolvanen’s proximity to Forsberg and a pass-happy Johansen bodes well for his fantasy value. He’s also seeing time on the power play and could be a fantasy owner's best friend, should he continue to produce.

Fantasy owners should be wary, as Tolvanen’s value is correlated to his stay on Nashville’s top line.

Waiver Drops

Roope Hintz, C/LW, Dallas Stars (38% Rostered)

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The DTD disclaimer has permanently been a fixture for Hintz this season. It’s frustrating as a fantasy manager to have a talented player on their squad, but never know if they’ll be able to play.
In the past 10 games, Hintz has been out of the Stars’ lineup on five separate occasions.

Although he’s nearly a point-a-game player (17 points in 20 games) he can’t be trusted in your lineup. He’s only valuable when he has a Stars jersey on, and at this point in the season, fantasy owners should move on to a more stable player.

When he can string more than two games started in a row, I’ll be more inclined to go back on my advice. In the meantime, you can find better value elsewhere.

Jake Muzzin, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (68% Rostered)

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Even though he’s on an offensive juggernaut in the Toronto Maple Leafs, it baffles me that Jake Muzzin, a stay-at-home defenseman, is so highly rostered.

Since returning from the IR with a broken facial bone, the veteran defender has only notched three points in an 11-game stretch. Sure he’s a solid player in real life, but for fantasy owners to put so much value in Muzzin, simply blows my mind.

He does make up for his lack of offensive prowess through his hard-nosed brand of hockey. On the year, he’s racked up 51 hits and 47 blocked shots, but this is nothing compared to his prime, with the Los Angeles Kings.

He’s also hasn’t scored more than 40 points in a season, since the 2017-18 season, and with 15 points on the year, he’s going to fall well short of this mark again.

Fantasy owners are better off playing the hot hand, in a league where there’s plenty of capable offensive defensemen ripe for the picking.

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