2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 23 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 22 Waiver Wire

What an end to the trade deadline with a final-minute deal by the Vegas Golden Knights to acquire Tomas Hertl! On top of that, they also added Anthony Mantha, and two-way defender, Noah Hanifin. They're all in on defending their reign. I'll throw out some quick thoughts on the deadline as a whole in the next paragraph. However, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 23 Waiver Wire plays.

The Buffalo Sabres dealing Casey Mittlestadt perplexes me but Bowen Byram is producing like the stud he was expected to become since the swap. The Carolina Hurricanes finally have the elite, shoot-first winger they have always missed in the postseason in Jake Guentzel. Chris Drury, at the helm of the New York Rangers, arguably had the best deadline day, plugging several holes while not dealing any prospects, first-round picks, or Kappo Kakko. All in all, many teams upgraded for their respective runs making for what should be a great playoffs.

After two straight weeks of two games played, the New York Rangers now have the rarely seen-in-the-wild five-game slate. Another thirteen teams play four times giving you many options to pull from. The Winnipeg Jets play all four of their tilts on off nights. Avoid the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vancouver Canucks, 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 23 Waiver Wire

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Alexis Lafreniere, LW/RW, New York Rangers (41% rostered)

The first overall pick in 2020 has not panned out as the superstar he was expected to be coming out of the QMJHL. Not every player comes in at 18 like Sidney Crosby and dominates though. Never once demoted in his NHL career, the now 22-year-old is flashing his capability more consistently.

Guy Lafleur took until his age-23 season to become Le Demon Blond. The Rimouski Oceanic alum may follow suit next season.

Vladislav Namestnikov, C/LW, Winnipeg Jets (3% rostered)

I'm always a fan of players benefiting from teammate injuries for streamer choices. With Gabriel Vilardi currently out, the journeyman is seeing time on the top line. Along with PP2, this makes him interesting enough to entertain before Vilardi's return. Five points over the past six games seem like things are working out.

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Anthony Stolarz, G, Florida Panthers (23% rostered)

As the regular season winds down, the league's leading team will start resting their top players in preparation for the playoffs. You may not realize it but Sergei Bobrovsky is 35 years old. He will be at the top of the list to ride the pine if they create enough buffer room in the standings. Have the backup on your radar as this may become a reality around fantasy playoffs.

J.T. Compher, C, Detroit Red Wings (17% rostered)

Another injury boost, benefiting in this case from Dylan Larkin's current status. Centering Patrick Kane and Alex Debrincat, this should lead to points by association. It'll be another week if not more before Larkin returns making for a nice opportunity to take advantage of the deployment.

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Samuel Girard, D, Colorado Avalanche

Perhaps he needs another stint in the player assistance program because initially upon return he was performing very well. Things have unfortunately regressed significantly since then. Without consistent point scoring he's waiver fodder.

Cole Perfetti, C/LW, Winnipeg Jets

I've discussed the peaks and valleys in the production of young players countless times in this column throughout the season. Here we are in a deep valley for the 22-year-old.

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Connor Ingram, G, Arizona Coyotes

One of the best goalies in the first half who deserved All-Star consideration has been abysmal in the second half. He did just post a shutout but he'll need to produce more quality outings before I consider he's rounded back into form. Adhere for now but keep tabs.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 23 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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