2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 4 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 4 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 4 Waiver Wire!

With Halloween here, we’re playing trick-or-treat with fantasy hockey managers. We’re treating you to some of the top waiver wire adds. We’re also identifying who has been tricking you and deserve to be dropped.

The season is still young and the witching hour is still distant, but it’s always a good idea to sink your fangs into new blood.

With the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 4 Waiver Wire, we’ll use our ghoulish tactics to give your fantasy hockey team the edge!

2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 4 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds

Brandon Montour, D, Florida Panthers (47% Rostered)

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Brandon Montour has taken top pairing duties in Florida with Aaron Ekblad sidelined with a long-term groin injury. Exploding for three points and six shots on goal in a victory over the Senators, Montour’s upside shines bright.

The Panthers blueliner has two goals and five assists in his last five games, including 16 shots on goal and eight hits. Seeing time on the first power-play unit should pay dividends for the 28-year-old in his increased role.

Gabriel Vilardi, LW/RW, Los Angeles Kings (59% Rostered)

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Each year, fantasy owners search high and low for breakout opportunities. LA Kings winger, Gabriel Vilardi, has breakout potential in spades.

Already scoring seven goals and four assists through 10 games, the former first-round draft pick leads the Kings in both goals and points.

Vilardi currently plays alongside burgeoning sniper Adrian Kempe and perennial producer Anze Kopitar. Kopitar is an elite passer and Vilardi has been taking advantage of the veteran’s playmaking ability. On the top power-play unit for the Kings, Vilardi is likely to continue producing at a healthy level, even if he can’t keep up a point-per-game pace.

The lack of name recognition is the only reason Vilardi isn’t rostered in more leagues. Take advantage while the Vilardi remains relatively unknown.

Brock Nelson, C, New York Islanders (38% Rostered)

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Through nine games this season, New York Islanders centerman Brock Nelson has averaged a point per game. In his past two games, the 31-year-old has scored three goals including a game-winning goal against the Colorado Avalanche.

Nelson plays alongside Anders Lee on the second line and Anthony Beauvillier. Finding chemistry in a top-six role, Nelson is tied for the lead with lineman Lee for even-strength points with seven on the year. The veteran forward also plays a pivotal role in the Islanders’ power play, taking draws on the top line.

Nelson has scored at least 20 goals in six of his first nine seasons but quietly amassed a career-high last year with 37.  While he’s not a household name, his track record alone warrants a waiver add.

Waiver Drops

Noah Hanifin, D, Calgary Flames (56% Rostered)

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Calgary defenseman, Noah Hanifin, put up a career year in points last season scoring 10 goals and 38 assists for 48 points and a +27 rating.

This season hasn’t exactly gone the same way for the former fifth-overall draft pick.

Even though Calgary has an extremely gifted offense with new faces all over the line-up, Hanifin hasn’t adjusted to the new-look team. Through six games, Hanifin hasn’t registered a single point and has a -1 rating.

With 12 hits, he’s on pace for a career-high in the checking department. However, Hanifin’s lack of scoring and other peripheral stats hurt his fantasy outlook.

Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes (82% Rostered)

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After registering 65 points in 77 games last year, many fantasy owners had high hopes for Teuvo Teravainen.

Instead, through eight games, the Helsinki, Finland product has disappointed thus far, registering just three assists to start the 2022-23 campaign.

Teravainen plays on the second line with Jasper Kotkaniemi and Seth Jarvis. The trio has combined for a measly eight points this season. While these numbers should eventually rise, the lack of chemistry between Carolina’s second even-strength unit has been astounding.

Teravainen also plays on the second power-play unit, but has yet to register a point on the man advantage. While I believe Teravainen will ultimately turn around his unproductive season, his current line situation hurts his fantasy outlook. Send him out to pasture or look to offload the winger in a trade.

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