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2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Waiver Wire 

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Waiver Wire!

The fantasy hockey playoffs are just around the corner and there’s no better time to bolster your roster. With many notable injuries and the NHL landscape changing on a daily basis, it’s vital for fantasy owners to roll with the punches.

Last week, the Montreal Canadiens were out of commission because of COVID protocols. This week, virus concerns surround the Vancouver Canucks. More than 20 players and staff have now been infected by a particularly troublesome variant and the implications leave several unknowns heading into Week 12.

Right now, it’s hard to say whether or not Vancouver will be able to finish the year.

Fantasy owners can’t get caught in the mud. It’s essential to take action and the waiver wire is the best place to do so. While another COVID-related catastrophe takes place within the league, we’ll offer a Plan-B for those looking to offload deadweight.

With the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Waiver Wire, we’ll sift through the rubble to bring diamonds in the rough to the surface.

2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Waiver Wire 

Waiver Adds

Joonas Donskoi, LW/RW, Colorado Avalanche (56% Rostered)

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We don’t typically include players that are owned in over 50 percent of leagues, but we’ll make an exception for Joonas Donskoi.

Colorado’s third line has been producing like a top line, thanks to Joonas Donskoi.

The 28-year-old Finn has been producing at a monumental pace lately, despite being blanked by the St. Louis Blues in the past two games. Although he was unable to put up points against the Blues in the past two games, he’s more than made up for it in the past two weeks.

Donskoi became the fastest player in Colorado Avalanche history to score three goals in a game last Wednesday. It only took the winger 7:31 to achieve the feat. He also added an assist and six shots in the contest, cementing himself as the top waiver pickup in fantasy hockey.

As a result, Donksoi’s ownership across Yahoo increased from 28% to above 56%.

This wasn’t a one-off for Donskoi, who has scored 15 points in the 10 games prior to the two-game series with the Blues.

He’s worth a pickup if he’s still on your waiver wire.

Craig Smith, RW, Boston Bruins (8% Rostered)

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Craig Smith puts pucks on the net.

Although his first campaign in a Bruins uniform hasn’t been his best from a statistical standpoint, he has a knack for getting the frozen biscuit to the net. With 81 shots in 33 games played, he’s averaging just under 2.5 shots per game this year.

While this is under his career average, Smith’s promotion to the top line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron should yield more ice time, and consequently more shots on goal. 

Smith has the chance to prove his worth on one of the deadliest lines in the game and fantasy owners are going to love a five-game slate in Week 12 for the Bruins.

In his last three outings, Smith has accumulated five helpers and should continue the stat-sheet stuffing with the hectic schedule in the upcoming week.

Martin Jones, G, San Jose Sharks (41% Rostered)

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Martin Jones has flown under the radar lately in fantasy hockey. 

Quietly, the former All-Star has racked up a 6-1-0 record over his last seven outings. In his past four games, Jones has returned to the dominance that landed him a spot in the 2017 All-Star game, posting a 4-0-0 record to go along with a 1.71 goals-against average and a dazzling .942 save percentage.

In Jones’ tilt with the Kings, the veteran netminder turned aside all 30 shots en route to his first shutout of the season.

After a rough start to 2021, Jones now holds a 14-7-2 record and will be in a prime position to increase his winning prowess with upcoming games against the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.

Jordan Eberle, RW, New York Islanders (25% Rostered)

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With Anders Lee sidelined due to a season-ending ACL tear, there’s plenty of room for offensive production from the Islanders role players.

Outside of Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle has been the one step up to the plate. In his last four games, the 30-year-old has gone through his most productive stretch of the season, posting three goals and a pair of assists, including a power-play helper.

Eberle is playing on the Islanders’ top line alongside Barzal and Leo Komarov. Their line is a combination of skill and grit that yields great production for the Isles. Eberle is also slated as a point man in the No.1 power-play unit.  This allows for ample opportunity to get shots on goal while on the man advantage.

The Regina, Saskatchewan native is poised to make wakes in fantasy leagues heading into the playoffs, so if you’re in need of a winger, don’t sleep on Eberle.

Waiver Drops

Carter Hart, G, Philadelphia Flyers (67% Rostered)

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Rostering Carter Hart might give you a heart attack.

Hart has been especially awful lately. In fact, from a statistical standpoint, Hart was the worst-rated goaltender in fantasy hockey through the month of March. The young back stopper averaged 5.04 goals against per game and let in a goal on nearly 20 percent of shots faced.

Hart’s counterpart, Brian Elliot, wasn’t much better either.

After a relatively good start to 2021, Hart (much like the success of the Flyers) has fallen off a cliff.

He now holds an 8-9-4 record with an abysmal 3.94 goals-against average to go with a .871 save percentage.

While it would be smart to hold onto him in dynasty leagues, in redraft leagues he’s radioactive.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, Winnipeg Jets (68% Rostered)

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Despite scoring two goals Monday against the Senators, Pierre-Luc Dubois hasn’t been the offensive force the Jets had hoped for after trading Patric Laine.

Prior to Monday’s tilt, Dubois had been cold for the previous two weeks, registering just a goal and an assist in the previous seven games. During the seven-game span, he only registered 11 shots on goal and sported a -1 rating.

Although he has talent to burn, he hasn’t quite fit into the Jets’ system as expected.

With the Jets having two other primetime playmaking centers in Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele, Dubois has taken a backseat. 

 


Unless Dubois heats up soon, fantasy owners could get away with dropping him for surging waiver-wire talent.


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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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