2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
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The NHL trade deadline is still over three weeks away but the market price for rentals is already an albatross. After the Vancouver Canucks paid a king's ransom for Elias Lindholm and the Winnipeg Jets gave a first-rounder plus a conditional pick for Sean Monahan, don't expect any contenders to not pay dearly. While their GM's prepare to get bent over, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Waiver Wire plays.

Pierre-Luc Dubois in my mind is the James Harden of hockey. Wherever he lands, he's seemingly locker room cancer, with his latest victim being the Los Angeles Kings. While not entirely responsible for Todd McLellan getting fired, his abysmal season thus far takes up a large portion of the pie chart. He best figure things out quick or he'll sink this franchise for the next decade.

The Arizona Coyotes take the cake this week with four games all falling on off nights. The Kings and New Jersey Devils will also play four times. Steer clear of the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders, Vegas Golden Knights, Winnipeg Jets, and Washington Capitals who play twice.

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 19 Waiver Wire

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Barrett Hayton, C, Arizona Coyotes (4% rostered)

It's getting late in the campaign so making a home run addition off the wire is an angle you should consider. Returning from a 32-game injury absence, the former fifth-overall pick was abysmal in sixteen games before going down.  A young man, he'll have fresh legs compared to the rest of the league to his benefit. He scored 43 points in 82 games last year so the potential is there.

Samuel Girard, D, Colorado Avalanche (15% rostered)

Buried behind superstars in the Mile High City, his eleven points in the past seventeen games are flying under the radar. A stint in the league's player assistance program did wonders. Although he'll never see PP1 time unless Makar gets hurt, he's utilized on a unique PP2 configuration that features three defenders (Girard, Bowen Byram, Devon Toews), making it very mobile/dangerous.

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Ondrej Palat, LW, New Jersey Devils (2% rostered)

Five games into returning from a ten-game absence, the former Tampa Bay Lightning has produced five points. Jack Hughes return has pushed Palat off PP1 but he still sees top-line deployment at even strength with Nico Hischier/Jesper Bratt. I'm willing to bet almost nobody in your league(s) has him on their radar. Like Hayton above, he qualifies as a home run snag if he continues his strong play.

Bryan Rust, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins (44% rostered)

Many owners have soured on him because of injuries but at the end of day, he has 29 points in 36 games. A points-per-game pace above .8 available on the wire is a gift. Go out and snag him, as he's locked into top-line and PP1 usage.

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Adam Fantilli, C, Columbus Blue Jackets

By the time he returns from the calf laceration, we'll all hopefully be in the playoffs vying for a title(s). To roster him during these weeks when it will take time to get him up to game speed would be unwise.

Dakota Joshua, C/LW, Vancouver Canucks

Lindholm's arrival in British Columbia obliterates any hope of seeing him back in the top six. Like any player, it's tough to be fantasy-viable playing on a checking line with no time on the man advantage.

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Martin Jones, G, Toronto Maple Leafs

Ilya Samsonov has found his game pushing the former San Jose Shark into a backup role. While he'll see spot starts, you certainly cannot roster him full-time.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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