2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 7 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 7 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 7 Waiver Wire!

We're about halfway through the Fantasy Hockey regular season. It seems weird considering we're heading into Week 7, but this is the world we live in.

If you're looking to gain an edge on your counterparts, there's no better place to start than by taking an inventory of your own team. It's paramount, especially within a shortened season, to inject new blood into your squad. The waiver wire is the best way to do so.

No matter what the stakes, it's always a good feeling to decimate your opponents in fantasy leagues. Bragging rights, petty chirps, and deep-cutting insults run rampant in many leagues.

With the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 7 Waiver Wire, we aim to protect you from such humiliation, all the while arming you with bragging rights for making the best waiver additions.

2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 7 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds

Mats Zuccarello, RW, Minnesota Wild (43% Rostered)
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Mats Zuccarello is one of the currently hottest players in the NHL. 

Referred to as the "Norwegian Hobbit" for his small stature, Zuccarello has been producing gigantic numbers as of late. Zuccarello had been on the long-term IR with a broken arm for months, dating back to last season. Now that he’s back in action, he’s playing on Minnesota’s top line alongside Victor Rask and potential Calder Trophy candidate, Kirill Kaprizov.

At five-foot-eight, Zuccarello isn't the biggest guy on the ice, but he's been lighting the lamp for Minnesota and producing huge fantasy numbers in the process. Since his return on Feb. 16, Zuccarello has scored three goals, adding eight assists for a total of 11 points in seven games. Riding a six-game point streak, Zuccarello is already in mid-season form.

Zuccarello's ownership in Yahoo leagues has spiked to 43% ownership across leagues in the past week, thanks to his excellent start to the season. Less than a week ago, he was owned in less than five percent of leagues. Fantasy owners should go all-in on Zuccarello as he can single-handedly reinvigorate your season, as he's done similarly with the Wild.

Drake Batherson, RW, Ottawa Senators (29% Rostered)
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Expect Drake Batherson to be popping up on the transaction trends soon. 

Sure, he plays for the Senators who have signed off on a long-term lease in the NHL’s basement but this shouldn’t scare prospective owners.

Batherson has bounced between the Senators and AHL affiliate, Belleville Senators, in his first couple of seasons. Now that he’s been racking up points in the big leagues, expect him to become a staple in Ottawa’s offensive corps.

Riding a five-game goal-scoring streak, the former fourth-round draft pick has been turning heads. During this span, Batherson has accumulated five goals, while adding a trio of assists. Batherson now has 15 points (seven goals and eight helpers) in 23 games.

The 22-year-old is currently playing on Ottawa’s third line with Chris Tierney and fellow youngster Tim Stutzle. More importantly, he plays the point on the Sen’s first power-play unit. 

If he’s to stay in this position, this will bode well for fantasy owners as he’ll be in a position to pick up points by simply bombing shots from the blueline.

Jack Campbell, G, Toronto Maple Leafs (19% Rostered)
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Jack Campbell, known by Leafs fans as the nicest guy alive, has karma on his side.

After being injured for a few weeks, the netminder made his triumphant return this past Saturday, stopping all 30 shots against one of the NHL’s most feared duos in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

The shutout was Campbell’s first as a Maple Leaf and he now holds a 1.33 goals-against average to go along with a .951 save percentage. 

To give Campbell a rest, Michael Hutchinson was spelled in at goalie against Edmonton on Monday night. While he's not the same level of goalie as Campbell, he might be worth taking a flyer on as well.

Frederik Andersen is the workhorse in Toronto but is currently dealing with a nagging lower-body injury. It’s unsure what his timeframe for return will be. If fantasy owners need a goalie start to boost their stats, Campbell could be a solid option.

Expect ample goal support from Toronto’s remarkable offense, making squeaking out victories even easier for the goalies in blue and white. Keep an eye on Freddy's availability going forward as it will affect Campbell's usage.

Pavel Zacha, C/LW, New Jersey Devils (31% Rostered)
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Flying under the radar the past couple of weeks is Pavel Zacha, the New Jersey Devils second-line centerman.

After New Jersey’s two-week absence from hockey, due to a COVID outbreak, Zacha has been lighting up the opposition, scoring four goals and adding six assists in his last eight games.

The Czech dynamo is currently on a 10-game point streak and has scored at least a point in 12 of his last 13 outings. New Jersey employs Zacha on their top power-play line, allowing the former sixth-overall draft pick to shine offensively.

Zacha is up to 14 points in 17 games in 2021. Even though he’s only accumulated 33 shots on goal this season, he’s made up for it by scoring at a staggering 18.2% rate.

Fantasy owners should pick up the talented playmaker and his dual-eligibility allows for some versatility.

Waiver Drops

Erik Karlsson, D, San Jose Sharks (65% Rostered)
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I hate to say it, but it might be time to move on from the two-time Norris Trophy recipient, Erik Karlsson.

His offensive prowess is seemingly miles away from what it used to be. As a Senator, Karlsson once averaged a point per game, scoring 82 points during the 2015-16 NHL season.

Since he was traded to San Jose, the steady decline of Karlsson has become abundantly apparent. Being marred by injuries has a lot to do with his regression. Regardless of whether injuries play a factor or not, his production has driven off a cliff.

This season, Karlsson has also had injury troubles. Prior to Monday's game, he only mustered four assists while garnering a -7 rating in fourteen games. 

If you can, utilize Karlsson’s big name to orchestrate a trade. If that doesn’t work out, it might be prudent to move on to a more productive asset on the defensive end given the shortened season.

It’s safe to say that Karlsson’s best years are in the rear-view mirror.

Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, Detroit Red Wings (24% Rostered)
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Anthony Mantha has forgotten how to score points.

At least that what it must seem like to fantasy owners.

Mantha was expected to be productive this year as a top-line option within a youthful Wings squad. Nobody expected him to be an elite-level player, but he was typically picked in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.

He started the season respectably, notching three points in his first four outings. Since then, he has been invisible. The dual-eligible winger is pointless in his last eight games while posting an abysmal -7 rating over this stretch.

Playing in Detroit doesn't help his cause, considering they're in a rebuilding phase. Also, the Red Wings are the sole team to only play two games in the upcoming week.

It's usually a good idea to fade Red Wings players but given the schedule and his disastrous stretch of play, fantasy owners should drop Mantha with extreme prejudice.

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