2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Waiver Wire!

We’re nearing the halfway point of the Fantasy Hockey regular season. It seems that each day another COVID breach occurs and schedules get rearranged.

Fantasy managers have to roll with the punches as the strangest NHL season in recent memory continues to unfold.

The best way for Fantasy managers to adjust to the ever-changing landscape of the league is to stay active on the waiver wire. Scheduling is important to consider when shuffling your lineup. Equally important is analyzing trends, depth chart changes, and the off-ice drama that has been a staple throughout the NHL season.

Artemi Panarin, who was in contention for MVP last season is taking a leave of absence amid domestic abuse allegations from a 2011 incident. Panarin has denied any wrongdoing.

Rangers beat reporter Larry Brooks claims the allegations may be tied to Panarin’s support for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political opponent, Alexi Navalny. 

As the soap opera in the Big Apple continues, Fantasy managers need to sift through the rubble in order to find viable waiver wire value.

With the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Waiver Wire, we’ll take a look at some of the best streaming options that could be left unclaimed.

2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds

Trevor Zegras,  C, Anaheim Ducks (18% Rostered)

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The Anaheim Ducks have recalled their top prospect Trevor Zegras and the youngster is set to make his NHL debut. 

The 19-year-old started his professional career at a meteoric pace, scoring four goals and five assists in eight games with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate, San Diego Gulls. Before joining the Gulls, Zegras put his skills on display leading Team USA to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships. Zegras scored seven goals and picked up 11 assists during the tournament, securing MVP honors.

Zegras has mainly played center in his hockey career but is slated on the left-wing, playing with Sam Steel and Jakob Silfverberg. 

The Anaheim Ducks have been struggling mightily on the power play, with a 7.5% success rate. Zegras excels on the man advantage and could have an opportunity to produce big Fantasy numbers if the Ducks brass let him off his leash.

Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes (52% Rostered)

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Nino Niederreiter is a four-time 20-goal scorer and he’s on pace to hit the mark again— this time in a shortened season.

Niederreiter is available in nearly half of Yahoo Fantasy leagues. His production in the past 11 games has been fantastic, scoring seven goals while adding three assists. 

Playing on the Hurricanes’ second power-play unit, Niederreiter has banked two power-play points. He's also averaging nearly 3.5 shots per game during his past 11 contests. 

Niederreiter is worth a pickup in all formats.

Rasmus Andersson, D, Calgary Flames (31% Rostered)

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Although the Calgary Flames have been struggling within the high-octane North Division, there are some bright spots.

Rasmus Andersson has been particularly consistent from the backend. In his last eight games, the 25-year-old has scored seven points. He also has an even rating, despite his team's inability to stop the attack.

Andersson also has 37 shots on the year to go along with 17 hits and 27 blocked shots.

Andersson has logged over 24 minutes in ice time twice in his past three games—an indicator of head coach Geoff Ward's faith.

Fantasy managers shouldn't expect exorbitant numbers from Andersson, but his style of play lends itself to many categories.

Kaapo Kahkonen, G, Minnesota Wild (25% Rostered)

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Kaapo Kahkonen has been on top of his game for the Minnesota Wild. 

Heading into Monday's tilt with the San Jose Sharks, Kahkonen is fresh off two solid starts and seems to be trending upward. The Finnish netminder has only allowed two goals in his last two starts, winning both contests.

His goalie partner, Cam Talbot was forced to miss time due to being on the COVID reserve. In the interim, Kahkonen has been making a strong case for being Minnesota's number one option.

On the season, Kahkonen has a 5-4-0 record, 2.46 GAA, and a respectable .911 SV%.

Fantasy managers needing help between the pipes should take a hard look at the youthful goaltender.

Waiver Drops

Sean Monahan, C, Calgary Flames (69% Rostered)

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Usually, it would be in your best interest to hold onto a talented player like Sean Monahan through goal-scoring slumps. With the unique dynamic of a 56-game season, Fantasy managers don't have the luxury of time.

Monahan's scoring slump was the longest of his career going 12 games before finally scoring against the Leafs on Monday night.

Sure, Monahan is a skilled two-way forward but he's been absent from the boxscore too often to be rewarded with a spot on your roster.

Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, Montreal Canadiens (25% Rostered)

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Jonathan Drouin was the third-overall pick of the 2013 draft. To say he hasn't lived up to his potential is an understatement. While he's not a total bust, he's no longer a viable option in Fantasy circles.

Drouin started the season off to a pretty good pace, scoring three assists in his first game. Lately, however, he's been an afterthought in Montreal's excellent offensive corps. In February, Drouin has only managed to rack up three assists in nine games.

He's playing on the second line but has been overshadowed by linemates Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson.

Drouin has also been bumped from the power-play unit, so Fantasy managers should think about bumping the Quebec native from their rosters.

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