2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 22 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Stock Watch

After this week, the NHL trade deadline will have come and gone on Friday, March 8th. New faces in new places will also bring new fantasy outlooks for those around them. Prices are going to be rich in a thin market; let's see how much contenders are willing to part with to make a run. While we speculate on how it'll all unfold, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 22 Waiver Wire plays.

Jack Eichel most likely returns tonight to a Vegas Golden Knights squad currently without Mark Stone. While I don't expect Bruce Cassidy to do this, I'd love to see him used solely as a winger. He's terrible at faceoffs and Nicolas Roy has proven he can center skilled teammates. Eichel is an elite skater with very deceptive speed that I believe would flourish if relinquished of pivot duties. At the deadline, a trade for another top-nine winger would put them solidly in position for a title defense.

Another busy week ahead with eleven teams playing four times. The Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche reign supreme as the only ones with three games scheduled for off nights. Avoid the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals, who each 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 22 Waiver Wire

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Jonathan Huberdeau, C/LW, Calgary Flames (42% rostered)

The former Florida Panthers star has come alive since the calendar flipped to 2024. After the arrival of Yegor Sharangovich in the Tyler Toffoli deal, the Saint John Sea Dogs alum has produced as a top-100 fantasy player, never going more than two games without a point since January 2nd. These two are clicking and after a dreadfully long wait, Calgary fans are getting the star they need.

Valtteri Puustinen, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins (<1% rostered)

A pure option to consider because of his current deployment. These are trying times in the Steel City, with injuries to their two best wingers, Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust. This has led to a spot in the top six flanking Evgeni Malkin as well as PP1 usage. With five points over the past six games, points by association are flowing.

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Dmitri Voronkov, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets (8% rostered)

The imposing Russian deserves more ownership in multi-cat leagues. Especially if you count FOW, as his draws from the wing position are of value. Playing on an all-comrade line with Kirill Marchenko and Yegor Chinakhov, their chemistry is apparent.  While he won't win the Calder Trophy for best rookie, he at least deserves consideration.

Bobby McMann, C, Toronto Maple Leafs (9% rostered)

Currently, he has the best third-line center in the world in John Tavares. Going consistently against lesser defensive coverages with a talent like that feeding you leads to points. Calle Jarnkrok returned from injury on Saturday joining them, making this arguably the most skilled third line in the league. Keep tabs on who he flanks as his fantasy value lives or dies by this.

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Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, Los Angeles Kings

Another long-term injury immediately upon returning from one means this is a lost season for the diminutive winger.

Jamie Drysdale, D, Philadelphia Flyers

Travis Sanheim rediscovering his early season form doesn't bode well for the former Anaheim rearguard's usage when he returns from injury. Even if he's available during fantasy playoffs, he's not worth gambling on in crunch time.

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Joey Daccord, G, Seattle Kraken

The goaltending gravy train may be coming to an end with Philip Grubauer seemingly taking over the crease. If you scooped him when I suggested back in Week 5, you received a nice, long elite run you can't have any gripes about. He'll need to perform well in whichever game he gets in the back-to-back starting this week to not lose the lion's share of starts.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 22 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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