2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
2018 Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Planner

Merry  Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! The week of Christmas I will be on vacation, therefore I won't have any coverage for you in week 13. I assure you I'll return in 2024. While we all enjoy our gifts and togetherness, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Waiver Wire plays.

Something not being discussed at all but seems entirely plausible after offloading Tomas Tatar, is the Colorado Avalanche trading for a second-line center. Ryan Johansen has not been the answer. Steven Stamkos doesn't have a contract going into his age-34 season. It's not unrealistic he could go as a rental and then return to the Sunshine State in free agency if Tampa isn't a lock for postseason play.

Week 12 is another where the vast majority of teams will play three times. There are no squads offering up a four-game slate. Steer clear of the Vancouver Canucks who will only play once.

I also want to reiterate that my drop considerations are for redraft leagues. Additionally, I never consider plus/minus. Do yourself a favor and make your commissioner scrap the asinine category.

2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Waiver Wire

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Chandler Stephenson, C, Vegas Golden Knights (26% rostered)

The former Washington Capital had a pretty standard start to the season as far as past production is concerned. Then he had a November to definitely not remember with many fantasy managers souring on him. However, said month saw him shooting half his career percentage.

December so far looks like he's back on track as a consistent 60-point player. Although he's currently on PP2, I don't see that lasting forever. Especially once Shea Theodore returns forcing Vegas to reconfigure both units.

Scott Wedgewood, G, Dallas Stars (35% rostered)

He's not a world beater by any stretch of the imagination but when a long-term look as the starter on one of the best teams in the league arises, you ride the wave. Think along the lines of Jonas Johansson to start the campaign. Upon the return of Jake Oettinger, go ahead and drop him.

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Jamie Drysdale, D, Anaheim Ducks (11% rostered)

I've painstakingly awaited his return for some time as I'm a believer in the former Erie Otter. Although Pavel Mintyukov is having a solid rookie season, he'll hit the wall at some point having never endured an 82-game slate.

In Drysdale's age-19 season, he had 32 points in 81 games. I fully expect he'll emerge as the Ducks' number-one offensive blue-line option.

Alexander Barabanov, LW/RW, San Jose Sharks (2% rostered)

The 29-year-old Russian is now eight games into a return from injury producing five points. Two seasons back he produced 39 points in 70 games. The year prior, 47 in 68.

Flying very under the radar, this is a nice grab for a healthy points pace off the wire. Top line and top powerplay will certainly aid in his production capability.

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Aaron Ekblad,  D, Florida Panthers

Four assists in fifteen games back since injury isn't going to cut it. Don't get hung up on a player where you can fall victim to name value. At this point someone like Thomas Harley would be of far more value to your squad's fortunes.

Jake Neighbours, LW/RW, St. Louis Blues

Young players will have peaks and valleys in their production. Currently, the 21-year-old is in the valley. A promising winger nonetheless, look elsewhere now, and check back later.

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Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, Carolina Hurricanes

Marc Bergevin's tenure as the GM of the Montreal Canadiens was tumultuous. Maybe his best move or non-move actually, was not matching the Carolina Hurricanes offer sheet for the Finnish center.

While still very young and absolutely capable of taking the next step, his time in Raleigh thus far hasn't seen it happen. After a promising start to the campaign, he's not been able to keep it going long-term.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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