2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire!

Wheeling and dealing is the name of the game. The waiver wire is a treasure trove of fantasy output and as always, utilizing the wire to garner fantasy points is of utmost importance.

Each week, we analyze matchups, trends, and depth chart changes to predict which players will add value to your fantasy squad.

With one week in the books, there’s no better time than the present to play the wire. Fantasy managers that started hot, will look to stay in the win column. Those who lost their first matchup will look to claw back.

This week we’ll look at some of the top adds of the week to give your team the edge.

2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds

Travis Konecny, RW, Philadelphia Flyers (28% Rostered)

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Although I’m not high on the Philadelphia Flyers to start the season, a few things became evident after their first pair of games.

First of all, Travis Konecny will see a heightened role within the squad after long-time Flyer Claude Giroux’s departure last season. That paired with Sean Couturier sidelined with a back ailment will lead to Konecny more opportunities in offensive situations. In two games, Konecny’s ice-time average has increased to 18:48 – the highest in his career.

Secondly, Konecny, who plays alongside Kevin Hayes and Scott Laughton on Philadelphia’s top line is their top scoring option. Hayes, although a solid two-way center, has never cracked the 50-point milestone, while Laughton’s top seasonal point production is just 32.

While I see possibilities for both Hayes and Laughton to have solid point production, Konecny should build upon a 52-point showing last year as he heads into his seventh season.

Through two games, the 25-year-old has three goals and an assist to go along with a trio of hits and two blocked shots.

Jake Allen, G, Montreal Canadiens (31% Rostered)

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In two games to begin the year, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen has shown a lot of promise.

Allen turned aside 29 shots en route to a 4-3 victory over the high-powered Toronto Maple Leafs in the home opener. Following up on the victory, Allen saved 37 of the 38 shots faced against the Detroit Redwings in a 1-0 losing effort.

While Montreal has notably increased offensive potency with the offseason acquisitions of Sean Monahan and Kirby Dach, the defensive corps is also lined with young talent that should be a step up from last season. Kaiden Guhle and Aber Xhekaj are two young blueliners that should play serious minutes in la belle province.

Allen posted an awful 9-20-4 record last season. Expect a positive regression in this year’s campaign. The veteran netminder currently holds a .943 save percentage to go along with a 2.03 goals-against average.

Mason Marchment, LW/RW, Dallas Stars (35% Rostered)

After an NHL career high in points last season (47 points in 54 appearances), Mason Marchment cashed in with the Dallas Stars, signing a four-year deal.

Through the first two games, the versatile winger has more than honored his contract.

In his first two games as a Star, Marchment has scored three goals, including a power-play marker. He’s also racked up eight shots on goal and four hits.

Scoring 18 goals during the 2021-22 campaign, Marchment is seemingly adjusting to his surrounding quickly. Playing alongside veteran playmaker Tyler Seguin on the second line and seeing powerplay minutes should lead to even more production for the 27-year-old.

Marchment also has an edge to his game that translates to fantasy viability.  He averaged over three hits per game and racked up 53 PIMS.

Waiver Drops

Owen Power, D, Buffalo Sabres (84% Rostered)

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Ready for a hot take?

Owen Power won’t win the Calder Trophy this year.

Don’t get me wrong, the first overall pick from the 2021 draft is a fine young defenseman with enormous potential. I just don’t see Power being worthy of his current ownership across fantasy leagues at this juncture in the season.

At 84 percent ownership across Yahoo leagues, you would expect high output. Through the first two games of the season, Power has put a +2 rating. Outside of that – donuts across the board.

The troubling thing about the Buffalo Sabres in general is their lack of firepower. With arguably the worst top-six in the league, scoring is going to be a problem for the Sabres. This results in a trickle-down effect to the defensive corps.

With offensive production at a premium in Buffalo, Power will be hard-pressed to have sustainable production. In leagues that value plus-minus, the rookie might also be in trouble. Last season, Buffalo had a -58 goal differential.

Power is an excellent young player on a bad team. Don’t get caught up with the hype (yet).

Ondrej Palat, LW, New Jersey Devils (46% Rostered)

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For years, Ondrej Palat has been a staple in fantasy hockey leagues. Playing with the perennially playoff-bound Tampa Bay Lightning, the now 31-year-old has always had the luxury of playing within a high-powered offense.

Over a decade in the league, Palat has averaged over 40 points per season while not once posting a negative plus-minus.

Now that he’s in New Jersey, a young squad that finished second to last in the Metropolitan Division last year, all bets are off.

In two games to begin the year, Palat has posted a pair of duds resulting in a league-worst -5 rating and just one shot on goal.

While he’s playing alongside star-in-the-making Jack Hughes, don’t expect Palat to be your ace in the hole any longer.

It's a long season and the tide can turn, but it’s best to be proactive and play the waiver wire.

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