2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 25 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 21 Unsustainable Players

If you're still alive in the postseason, congratulations. Unfortunately, your reward is tough decisions on potential roster cuts with four teams only playing twice. This will be your biggest gut check of the entire season so I implore you to never fall in love with your players. While we contemplate who will stay and go, let's look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 25 Waiver Wire plays.

I mentioned four teams only going twice. They are the Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, and Tampa Bay Lighting. With Kirill Kaprizov, you stomach the light offering, but Brock Faber, you should probably cut, as an example. If they aren't the elite of the elite and you find yourself down in the match midweek, you must prioritize starts.

Please set your roster for every day of your matchup and find the holes to plug off the wire. If you have a player(s) you consistently bench on heavily scheduled days, those are your candidates to make a swap better suited to actual usage. Only the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks offer two games scheduled for off nights. The Anaheim Ducks and Vegas Golden Knights are the only squads playing four times.

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 25 Waiver Wire

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Lucas Raymond, LW/RW, Detroit Red Wings (52% rostered)

When people discuss the 2020 NHL Draft class, it revolves around Tim Stutzle or Alexis Lafreniere. Rarely do people bring up the second-best player of the crop so far in the young Motor City winger. He seemingly can't miss the net right now with 7 goals in the past 7 games. Take advantage.

Chandler Stephenson, C/LW, Vegas Golden Knights (25% rostered)

The 29-year-old had a disappointing first half of his campaign coming off two straight 60-point seasons. However, for the past couple of months, he's back to the steady eddy producer of the prior two years. With no Mark Stone, the former Washington Capital looks primed to finish the season strong featured in their top six along with PP2 deployment. Bonus value if you count FOW, as he's a strong contributor.

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Viktor Arvidsson, LW, Los Angeles Kings (36% rostered)

A year lost to injuries can be forgotten if the diminutive winger can return, stay healthy, and produce. The former Nashville Predator had 59 points in 77 games last season for Los Angeles. Arvidsson is an above-average SOG contributor, so there is sneaky good value here at the most crucial time of your fantasy season.

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Nick Schmaltz, C/RW, Arizona Coyotes (32% rostered)

I mentioned him in my overlooked veterans piece to start the season and he did no service to my credentials whatsoever. Since February 25th though, the 28-year-old has 18 points in 14 games, which lives up to my preseason hype. If he continues the heater he's been on, he'll challenge for his first-ever 60-point campaign.

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Alexander Nylander, LW/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets

Although he's related to William Nylander, he's not in the same echelon. He's a career underachiever. Do not trust the production to continue on one of the worst teams in the league.

Tyson Foerster, C/RW, Philadelphia Flyers

A late February/early March goal-scoring burst has evaporated. Philadelphia is somewhat fading, 5-3-2 in their last 10 games played.

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Matthew Knies, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs

A promising young player who is unfortunately in the production valley at the wrong time of the year.

 

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 25 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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