2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
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Welcome to week two of your elongated matchup. Now that you've endured (and hopefully prevailed) in the first half, it's time to bring home the W with a return to a normal schedule. Despite tilts starting back up though, six teams will only play once. While we prepare for the back nine, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Waiver Wire plays.

Is this the year the Edmonton Oilers finally break the Canadian curse and raise the Stanley Cup in the Great North for the first time since 1993? Should this franchise never take home a title so much as once with the duo of Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, it would be unforgivable both by their fans as well as in general. Former Hartford Wolf Pack bench boss, Kris Knoblauch, has pushed all the right buttons, righting the ship and then some. The historic win streak makes it seem like this is the best shot they've had in their careers.

Your best team options are the Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, and Washington Capitals, all playing four times. The New York Rangers are the only franchise with three games slated for off nights. The San Jose Sharks won't play at all.

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 18 Waiver Wire

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Artturi Lehkonen, LW, Colorado Avalanche (36% rostered)

I don't buy Ross Colton staying on PP1 in Denver for long now that the Finnish winger has returned. Before this long-term injury, he was a top-six/PP1 staple. Jonathan Drouin has come around since he's been on IR, which does put a damper on his prospects for usage. With Valeri Nichuskin in the player assistance program, expect that sooner or later he'll get his look(s).

Oliver Kylington, D, Calgary Flames (1% rostered)

While this suggestion is premature since he's been away for almost two years, at least have him on your radar. In the last season he participated, he scored 31 points in 73 games. It's going to take time for him to get up to speed but he's only 26 so his talent didn't just evaporate. He will eventually get powerplay looks when a not-so-strong offense begins a drought.

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Pius Suter, C, Vancouver Canucks (4% rostered)

The Lotto Line (Elias Pettersson-JT Miller-Brock Boeser) was short-lived but glorious while it lasted. The former Red Wing now finds himself in the top six playing with two-thirds of said line. Any exposure to Miller is worth a look since he's pacing for a 100-point campaign. While Elias Lindholm's arrival spells the end of his PP1 deployment, he wasn't reliant on it to hit the scoresheet beforehand.

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Blake Wheeler, RW, New York Rangers (8% rostered)

Playing on the top line as well as the off-night schedule, Wheeler deserves a look. No longer the speedy power forward of his prime, he can still be a decent depth option in the short term. Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, and Wheeler are a big body line that wears out defenses. While those two do the heavy lifting, you're looking for some points by association from the former Atlanta Thrasher.


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Jordan Eberle, RW, Seattle Kraken

The former New York Islander is getting long in the tooth with this season a far cry from his impressive 63-point campaign last year. He is not an elite shooter nor does he provide peripherals. Better options are more than likely available on your wire.

Nico Daws, G, New Jersey Devils

Young goalies, particularly those not yet 25 years of age, rarely grab the reins between the pipes and perform consistently well. Case in point, the 23-year-old German has not been satisfactory in his 33 games of big league experience going back to 2021-22. This is not their goaltender of the future, expect New Jersey to be in the market for a goalie at the deadline potentially.

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Tyson Barrie, D, Nashville Predators

The offensive defender has 23 points in 56 games since being dealt to the capital of country music. Only 11 of those have come in 32 games so far this season. As long as Roman Josi is patrolling their blue line, the Kelowna Rocket alum will continue to disappoint. Check back in around the trade deadline as he's made it known he wants out.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!

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