2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 4 Waiver Wire

We're approaching the final turn in fantasy regular seasons ladies and gentlemen. Trade deadlines for your leagues are incredibly close if not here, so it's time to explore an upgrade(s) for any glaring weaknesses. This week I am mostly suggesting "next wave" pickups who may represent the stars of tomorrow. In hoping to land a fantasy gem late in the game, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire plays.

Kyle Dubas needs to face reality and begin the teardown of the Pittsburgh Penguins. While I envy the "go-for-it" mentality with the longest-running trio of players all-time in North American sports history (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang), the oldest team in ALL North American sports is cooked. Moving Jake Guentzel, as wild as it may seem, is a chance to refill the prospect/pick cupboard, therefore shortening the inevitable rebuild length. The longer he waits the deeper the hole shall become.

Another busy week ahead with eleven teams playing four times. The Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals reign supreme as the only ones with three games scheduled for off nights. Avoid the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, and New York Rangers, who each play twice. Additional heads up, New York only plays twice in Week 22 as well. Plan accordingly.

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 21 Waiver Wire

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Logan Stankoven, C, Dallas Stars (3% rostered)

The AHL's leading scorer saw his first NHL game action on Saturday. Although diminutive in size, he scored 201 points across his final two years in the WHL.  The Kamloops Blazers alum was on a line with Jamie Benn and Wyatt Johnston along with PP2 deployment. Think Alex Debrincat/Theoren Fleury for a player comparison.

Jonah Gadjovich, LW, Florida Panthers (<1% rostered)

Panning away from skill players, if you need HIT and PIM, I got a guy. The former second-round pick may very well be a top-ranking player in your multi-cat league(s) when focusing on the prior month's production. Like any grinder I suggest, expect no points, as any and all are a bonus.

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Matthew Knies, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs (13% rostered)

The Minnesota Golden Gopher alum has been holding down a spot on their top line producing seven points over the past nine games.  Still only 21 years of age, the Arizona native has only begun his development curve. A more than a point-per-game player in college, the wait might not be long for him to realize his potential.

Connor McMichael, C, Washington Capitals (1% rostered)

The former 2019 first-round pick has seven points over the past eight games, centering the second line as well as PP2. In Saturday's game, he was centering the top line with Alexander Ovechkin on his wing. He scored 66 points over 90 games in the AHL and has only just turned 23. With no Evgeny Kuznetsov, and lacking in team talent overall, chances are good he can retain strong deployment.

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Cam Atkinson, RW, Philadelphia Flyers

After an overall productive second half of January, the 34-year-old winger has not produced any points since the 23rd of said month. Prone to hot spells, this is definitely an Ice Age.

Mark Stone, RW, Vegas Golden Knights

The inevitable injury has arrived for the fragile winger. A lacerated spleen will have him out beyond the fantasy playoffs.

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Vitek Vanecek, G, New Jersey Devils

I can't fathom not seeing one of Jacob Markstrom or John Gibson coming to this team on deadline day. Currently shelved on the IR, don't expect miracles if and when he returns.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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