2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the  2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Waiver Wire!

Things are heating up in fantasy land as the playoffs are within a stone's throw.

Fantasy success is largely based on luck (let’s not kid ourselves), but it’s also based on making savvy moves on the waiver wire. 

More than any other season, this year has seen shifts in fantasy value so grandiose, that it makes it impossible to set and forget your lineup. Goalies are alternated at an extremely high clip. Taxi squads and players being placed and claimed on waivers are routine. A global pandemic has rippled through to the sports world, causing postponements, quarantines, and major shifts in the fantasy landscape.

We’ll likely look back at the 2021 NHL season as one of the wackiest campaigns ever—even more so from a fantasy sports perspective.

But now is not the time to get nostalgic. The playoffs are just around the corner. With the Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Waiver Wire, we’ll leave you well poised to bring home your fantasy championship, regardless of the extremely strange season unfolding around us.

2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 11 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds

Kirby Dach, C, Chicago Blackhawks (25% Rostered)

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Kirby Dach is finally back.

After missing the entire season up to this point, Dach is in the Blackhawks’ lineup.

The 20-year-old sustained a broken wrist way back in 2020 during an exhibition game between Canada and Russia at the World Junior Tournament. He was released by Chicago so he could be eligible for the showcase tournament.

Evidently, it backfired.

Nonetheless, Dach is back and should log serious ice time for the Hawks. In his first two games, he’s accumulated over 20 minutes of ice time. Although he’s posted a -4 rating through his first games back, fantasy owners can bank on some production as he’s playing top-line minutes 5v5 and on the power play.

Dach will skate alongside Patrick Kane and is bound to pick up points based on his proximity to one of the league’s most talented wingers.

He’s worth a pickup for his proximity to Kane alone.

Daniel Vladar, G, Boston Bruins (4% Rostered)

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The injury bug has taken a bite out of Tuukka Rask. 

After missing the majority of March due to an upper-body injury, Rask made his triumphant return last Thursday against the New York Islanders.

Unfortunately, the veteran netminder was only between the pipes for an eye blink. After making six saves, Rask left the contest and hasn’t returned to the lineup. 

Jaroslav Halak should be owned in all leagues at this point, but for those late to the party, Daniel Vladar is a solid option as a streamer. Halak will see the majority of crease time but Vladar should get the nod in at least one matchup this week if Rask isn’t ready.

Vladar is 2-0-0 on the season, sporting a solid 1.50 GAA to go along with a .952 SV%.

Fantasy owners in need of a solid goalie start should keep an eye on the depth chart in Beantown. Vladar could be an excellent grab-and-dump option.

Jared McCann, C/LW, Pittsburgh Penguins (14% Rostered)

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Pittsburgh has been experiencing an injury plague in 2021. 

Evgeni Malkin and Kasperi Kapanen are the latest to join the injured reserve. As a result, the seas have parted for Jared McCann.

McCann, who has never accumulated more than 35 total points in a season, is currently having his most productive season to date. In 23 games, he’s now up to 16 points.

Even more intriguing, is his new role as a top-six centerman. McCann is now on seeing power-play minutes, scoring two power-play goals and a helper on the man advantage in his last three outings. McCann is now on a four-game point streak totaling six points during that span.

While he’ll be dispensable once the big boys are back in the lineup, he’ll be a key waiver grab for those in need of a versatile forward.

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Phil Kessel, RW, Arizona Coyotes (32% Rostered)

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Phil the Thrill is back with a vengeance.

The 33-year-old is showing that age is just a number. In Week 10, the veteran winger amassed five goals and two assists to go along with 10 shots and a +4 rating.

With a hattrick in Saturday's tilt with the Sharks, Kessel's point streak reaches five games. He now has 14 goals and 12 helpers on the year.

Kessel has always had a deadly snapshot. In eight of his fifteen seasons, he’s scored at least 60 points. Although he struggled last season, the 33-year-old has shown he has plenty of gas left in the tank.

He's worth a pickup in most leagues; get him into your lineup.

Waiver Drops

Aaron Ekblad, D, Florida Panthers (64% Rostered)

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Hockey is a dangerous sport.

In the blink of an eye, a player’s entire season, or career can dramatically change.

Unfortunately for the Florida Panthers, their alternate captain, Aaron Ekblad, will now miss at least 12 weeks because of a gruesome leg injury sustained against Dallas. Ekblad was carted off the ice on a stretcher, marking the end of his 2021 season.

The 25-year-old was having a great season, logging 11 goals, 11 assists, and 101 shots in 35 games played.

While it’s a big hit to the Panthers and fantasy owners alike, MacKenzie Weegar (64% Rostered) offers managers a sound replacement.

Drake Batherson, RW, Ottawa Senators (30% Rostered)

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Drake Batherson has been extremely streaky this season for the Ottawa Senators.

Part of the problem is playing on a young team during a rebuild. Batherson, much like the Senators, has exhibited strokes of brilliance, but for the most part, has underwhelmed. 

Toward the end of February, Batherson went on a tear, scoring eight goals and four assists during a nine-game span. Since then, he’s only scored two goals and an assist in 11 games.

You owe it to your team to drop Batherson and look elsewhere for production.

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