2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
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It's going to be very interesting to see how Brad Treliving builds a competitive team in Toronto now that he's signed William Nylander to a six-year, $92 million contract. With this signing, the core four (Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Nylander, John Tavares) will comprise $46.653 million in annual salary alone. Even though a nice chunk of money is freed up after this season with several deals expiring, much of those savings will have to be stashed for Marner and potentially Tavares' new deals in 2025-26. While we ponder Toronto's outlook, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire plays.

I'd hope to see Alexander Ovechkin go on a goal-scoring tear in the second half as the Great 8 deserves to break Wayne Gretzky's goal-scoring record. Adjusting for eras, the Russian is the greatest goal scorer of all time in my opinion. However, if this is the beginning of a steep decline, it's understandable, as he's been healthy and productive for so long. Though harsh, it only seems fair that Father Time's tab would be hefty.

Steer clear of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Winnipeg Jets this week as they all play only twice. Only the Detroit Red Wings have three games scheduled for off nights. Thirteen teams play four times, giving you flexible options for streaming.

I 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 15 Waiver Wire

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Gustav Nyquist, LW, Nashville Predators (45% rostered)

Look at his career stats and you shall find he's one of the most consistent depth scorers of his era. When he gets the right deployment on a competitive enough squad, he can score at a 60-point pace. Through 42 games played, he has 34 points, so we're looking at a 65-point season at this rate. On a solid Nashville team where he's consistently seeing top-six minutes, chances are strong this is what he'll attain barring injury.

Michael Rasmussen, C/LW, Detroit Red Wings (5% rostered)

Mainly here due to the prime off-night scheduling, the Swedish forward provides a little bit of everything for multi-cat purposes. Think of him as Eeli Tolvanen lite. He won't wow you with his point production but he has 41 hits and 44 blocks through 41 games. Therefore treat him like an extra defender from a forward slot.

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Sean Couturier, C, Philadelphia Flyers (39% rostered)

His low ownership has me questioning many a fantasy manager across all leagues in existence. If you're in a league counting FOW with him available on the wire, you're fooling yourself. He won't score 70 points this year but he'll flirt with 60. Lately, he's been doing his best Ovechkin impersonation, peppering the net with regularity.

Gustav Forsling, D, Florida Panthers (71% rostered)

It actually surprised me, unlike above, how high his ownership is despite what's been a pedestrian season so far. With seven points over the past nine games though, maybe he's finally getting back on track with their blue line fully healthy.

Coming off a 41-point season, he has the skill to produce at this rate throughout the second half. Even though he isn't seeing much of any powerplay time, non-reliance on the man advantage for scoring is an oft-overlooked aspect of fantasy success.

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Trevor Zegras, C, Anaheim Ducks

Zegras was in my adds section this week up until the broken ankle. With yet another long-term absence, this is shaping up to be a lost season for the young pivot. He's definitely worth checking in on upon return as he's a premier offensive talent not yet anywhere near his ceiling.

Cam York, D, Philadelphia Flyers

With Jamie Drysdale coming into the fold, his fantasy potential has become quite bleak. Buried behind him as well as Travis Sanheim, he'll be hard-pressed to see plum deployment. The future may be bright but the now is murky.

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Bowen Byram, D, Colorado Avalanche

Despite the short-term injury, I have never understood the love affair some owners have with him. On a team with Cale Makar, he will never see time on their vaunted top powerplay. I can see him becoming a force around age 26 but that's several years away. Look elsewhere for more impactful help here and now.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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