2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Waiver Wire

The Washington Capitals, who most everyone called for the demise of, are third in the Metropolitan Division. The equally disparaged Philadelphia Flyers are in second while the very hyped New Jersey Devils sit in seventh. Standings in the hardest division have been anything but what many expected. With three-quarters of a season left, let's take a look at my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Waiver Wire plays.

Team results to this point in time show that storylines can drastically change from year to year. With only six wins, this may be the campaign the Edmonton Oilers get real with themselves, trading Leon Draisaitl in order to acquire the goaltender/depth needed to contend.

Several teams are playing four times this week therefore I will hone in on those with the most games set for off nights. That makes the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, and San Jose Sharks your most valuable teams to add from.

You're more than likely dealing with injuries at this point. These provide you with opportunities for streaming if your settings allow for it.

I also want to reiterate that my drop considerations are for redraft leagues.

2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Kirill Marchenko, RW, Columbus Blue Jackets (8% rostered)

Last season saw him contending for a Cy Young award, scoring 21 goals and 4 assists across 59 games played. I've watched hockey for more or less thirty years, so I know a world class shot when I see one. The Russian's release is five star.

What's promising for regression to the mean is his shooting percentage at almost half what it was last year. The shot is too good not to start converting more. Top line at even strength and PP1 along with all four games falling on off nights makes him a tantalizing add.

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Will Cuylle, LW, New York Rangers (1% rostered)

I've got the former Windsor Spitfire listed here if you need help in the hits department. Through 19 games he has laid the body 48 times.

The 21-year-old is looking like a second round gem for the Manhattan franchise and at only 21 years old, he's barely scratched the surface. If you go with this suggestion please just come for the hits, any points are a bonus.

Three games scheduled for off nights makes the Rangers a great option.

Mike Hoffman, LW, San Jose Sharks (1% rostered)

Listen, I understand it's tough to roster anyone off this squad these days. But we're looking at roster start maximization and the former Montreal Canadien is on a goal scoring tear.

Goals are the hardest thing to add off the wire. With six over the past six games, the 34-year-old sniper is red hot. Although he lacks PP1 deployment, his place on the top line at even strength along with PP2 make him worth a short term look.

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John Jason Peterka, RW, Buffalo Sabres (21% rostered)

As an upstate New York resident, I am forced to watch their broadcast from time to time. In my most recent unintentional viewing, the young right wing really stood out.

Germany in rather swift fashion has begun to pump out very good hockey players. With Tage Thompson out long term, JJ is being given great deployment to thrive offensively. The young winger is noticeable every time he steps onto the ice. More than worth the add if in need of an offensive boost.

Drops

Juuso Valimaki, D, Arizona Coyotes

Recovering from oral surgery, this will turn into a lost season for the young Finnish defender. Although a promising player, eating up your IR space for him isn't advised. Especially since this was already a murky blue line situation to trust coming into the year as far as who'd prevail from a deployment standpoint.

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Jonas Johansson, G, Tampa Bay Lightning

Andrei Vasilevskiy is back. Jonas is now relegated to the backup role and theoretically won't be roster worthy anymore. For any and all of us who hoped on board immediately post draft, it was a solid run.

Reilly Smith, LW/RW, Pittsburgh Penguins

Scoring regression has arrived in brutal fashion. After an unsustainable torrid start shooting 25%, he's now pointless in seven straight with one measly assist over the past ten. This was a prime sell high example with the window to do so now slammed shut. There are certainly more productive options on your wire.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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