2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 3 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
Fantasy Hockey Week 3 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 3 Waiver Wire!

We’re headed into the third week of the fantasy hockey season and most teams have already finished a sixth of their regular season.

Scouting trends and plucking value from the waiver wire is always important. With the NHL’s current landscape and a shortened season, fantasy owners ought to be more vigilant with regards to adding and dropping players.

Considering the truncated season on our hands, players that catch fire offensively should be grabbed early because their hot streaks equate to more output in the long run.

The opposite is also true.

In an 82-game season, fantasy owners have the luxury of time for their fantasy pieces to proliferate. In an abbreviated campaign, fantasy owners should abandon the ‘patience is a virtue’ mantra. Sitting on your hands will leave you begging while being more assertive on the waiver wire will likely bring more profound success.

With the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 3 Waiver Wire, we’ll take depth charts, roster moves, and trends into consideration when choosing the best waiver wire options for those looking to gain an edge on their opposition.

2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 3 Waiver Wire

Waiver adds

Jordan Kyrou, C/RW, St. Louis Blues (42% Rostered)
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The St. Louis Blues have entered the 2021 season on the shortlist of cup contenders in the NHL thanks in large part to their depth on the offensive end.

22-year old Jordan Kyrou has earned a spot on the Blues’ second line, skating alongside a pair of play-making studs in Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn, while also posting power-play minutes on the team’s second squad.

Kyrou has exceeded expectations thus far in the season, as he’s registered five goals and five assists in his first eight regular-season appearances. He was spectacular against the Anaheim Ducks, where he notched a pair of goals and added an assist en route to a 6-1 victory.

Kyrou scored just 20 seconds into the first frame, following up with his second goal less than two minutes later.

The former second-round draft pick also registered his first power-play point with an assist in the third period to add icing on the cake.

After his three-point outpouring, Kyrou leads St. Louis with ten points and is a must-add for those looking to ride the wave leading into Week 3.

Alexandre Texier, C, Columbus Blue Jackets (17% Rostered)
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Remember the internet before the GameStop frenzy?

Neither do I.

How does a reference to a subreddit banding together to drive up share prices for a heavily shorted retail stock find its way into a fantasy hockey article?

Appease me for a minute while I clumsily attempt to bring both of these worlds together.

Patrik Laine, the Finnish goal-scoring maestro who underperformed in his past two seasons for Winnipeg was notably looking for a new home. Pierre-Luc Dubois was actively tanking in Columbus and the two were essentially swapped.

Consider Laine your GameStop—he had great years in the past but his last two seasons weren't his best from a statistical standpoint. This past offseason, his trade value appeared to be at an all-time low as a result of his streaky play. All the while, rumblings of a trade request from Laine became apparent.

Now that he’s in Columbus, Alexandre Texier owners (savvy retail investors) can only benefit from the Columbus’ acquisition of Laine. There’s a good chance that Laine will be paired up with Texier on the top line once he’s back in action, following quarantine protocols.

Texier, on the first line of Columbus, has done relatively well for himself without Laine, scoring four goals while adding a pair of assists in his first nine games. Fantasy owners should expect his stock to rise once Laine establishes himself on the roster.

Texier showed NHL fans his high level of skill with a highlight reel shoot-out deke against the Panthers.

The native of France embarrassed Chris Driedger with this slick one-hander, but if you really want to embarrass your opponents in fantasy, buy low on his stock.

Justin Faulk, D, St. Louis Blues (47% Rostered)
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Justin Faulk isn’t turning any heads for his offensive production to start the 2021 campaign.

With two goals and one assist, this stat line would lead many to believe the three-time All-Star hasn’t excelled in the offensive end.  Despite not being able to convert, Faulk has 24 shots on goal, ranking tenth in SOG by all NHL defensemen.

Averaging nearly three shots per game, Faulk is bound to produce rebounds leading to opportunities. Eventually, he’ll start getting the bounces that will help him wind up on the box score.

Regardless of offensive output, Faulk’s value lies in peripheral statistics. The 28-year-old ranks third among defenders in hits and his +11 rating is tops in the NHL. Faulk and defensive partner, Torey Krug, make up one of the most well-rounded defensive pairings in the league.

With the offensive prowess the Blues employ, Faulk is likely to end up on the scoresheet and my guess is sooner than later.

If you need to bolster peripheral stats on the backend, look no further than Faulk.

James Reimer, G, Carolina Hurricanes (16% Rostered)
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After a COVID outbreak sidelined the Carolina Hurricanes for nearly two weeks, starting goaltender Petr Mrazek suffered an upper-body injury before stopping a shot on goal against Dallas.

Mrazek briefly received medical attention on the ice before holding his wrist on the way to the dressing room.

As a result, James Reimer was thrust into action last Saturday for the first time since January 18th. Reimer showed no signs of rust, posting allowing just one goal on 11 shots.

The veteran netminder should see the bulk of action for the Canes with Mrazek sidelined. Barring more postponements, Reimer will have a pair of juicy matchups with a back-to-back against the struggling Blackhawks.

After Sunday night's shoot-out victory over the Stars, Reimer has won all three starts and is sporting a 1.99 GAA and a .918 SV% to start 2021.

Waiver Drops

Matt Duchene, C/RW, Nashville Predators (48% Rostered)
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Matt Duchene was once a 30-goal scorer in the NHL.

Now in his second season with the Nashville Predators, the former Gold-Medal Olympian has struggled mightily out of the gate. In eight games, Duchene has failed to register a goal and has only three assists.

The trio of Duchene, Nick Cousins, and Mikael Granlund have only accounted for three goals and eight assists in 2021 and unless a change in personnel occurs, fantasy owners can easily find more production elsewhere.

Tony DeAngelo, D, New York Rangers (57% Rostered)
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For the second time this season (and likely the last), Tony DeAngelo receives the dubious honor of making the waiver drop list.

In Week 1, being a healthy scratch that helped him land on the list.

Now, it’s his less than stellar play that led to the New York Rangers waiving the polarizing defender.

That, and alleged claims that has in a physical post-game altercation with goaltender Alex Georgiev.

Regardless of his off-ice antics, DeAngelo went from a 53-point season to the doghouse in the Big Apple. With just one point in six games and a -6 rating, it seems like DeAngelo will be riding the bus in the AHL.

Good riddance, Tony.

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