2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Waiver Wire

Players to Consider/Drop For Your Squad(s)

by Chris Liggio
NHL DFS Picks 2-14-19

Patrick Kane is headed to the Motor City. It'll be interesting to see if the greatest American player of all time can be the one who overcomes the career-ending streak of hip resurfacing surgery. At 35-years-old, it'll be a tall order. I hope it works out for them as they look to return to the postseason for the first time since 2016. As we look ahead to Patrick Kane's potential success, let's look at some of my 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Waiver Wire plays.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Ottawa is in a complete freefall. One of the deepest offenses in the league sits last in the Atlantic. The rebuild excuse no longer applies. Their goaltending is extremely suspect. To improve between the pipes, it might be best to deal away some of the talented skaters, such as Thomas Chabot or Drake Batherson.

Week 9 is another where several squads are playing four times. The St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins are the only ones with three games scheduled for off nights.

Pittsburgh, in my opinion, has nobody all that enticing to suggest that is not already owned in the majority of leagues. The Blues provide an intriguing option listed below.

I also 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 9 Waiver Wire

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Lawson Crouse, LW/RW, Arizona Coyotes (40% rostered)

In my second article for this website, I wrote a piece about overlooked veterans to target in your draft(s). Crouse was one I was begging owners to target with an impending breakout this season. Said breakout is here with 10 goals over his past 15 games.

The 26-year-old has followed a textbook power-forward developmental curve, reaching his breakout threshold of 400 games last campaign. Currently pacing for 40 goals, I don't expect that to continue with a career-high shooting percentage. However, although hits are down compared to last year, I'll trade some of those off if he lights the lamp 30-plus times.

Jake Neighbours, LW, St. Louis Blues (14% rostered)

We are at the quarter mark, and St. Louis is besting preseason expectations. The duo of Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich are performing admirably right now. The third wheel in this duo is not bad himself.

The 21-year-old former first-round pick's game has translated quickly at every level since his days in the WHL. Currently on the top line and PP1, he's scored 5 goals over their past 5 games. Three matchups scheduled for off nights make him a worthy add.

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Eeli Tolvanen, LW/RW, Seattle Kraken (47% rostered)

The Nashville Predators will regret letting this young talent go. Maybe he'll never be world class but so far through 73 games in Seattle he has 43 points.

The Finnish sniper's real value lies in the peripherals he provides from a forward slot. With 52 hits and 33 blocks through 25 games played, you're receiving defender stats on top of solid depth scoring. A great play for your utility slot.

Gabriel Vilardi, C/RW, Winnipeg Jets (12% rostered)

Returning from a long-term injury, he's more than likely been forgotten about by your fellow managers. The former Los Angeles King plays on the second line at even strength as well as a plum position on PP1, making him a nice grab on the wire. Check to see his availability in your league(s).

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Jake DeBrusk, LW, Boston Bruins

Another winger who cons people into buying into his "potential" year after year. Coming off what was a promising campaign with 50 points in 64 games played, he's at 10 through 22 tilts. I can understand wanting to keep him around now that he's been promoted to the top line but this is not a player I believe in.

Damon Severson, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

His production to this point in time doesn't warrant an IR slot for his six-week expected absence due to an oblique injury. On a very deep if not the deepest blue line in hockey, you're better off looking elsewhere for help at the position.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Florida Panthers

The simultaneous returns of Brandon Montour and Aaron Ekblad push him too far down the depth chart to be anything other than an occasional stream. Although extremely serviceable in their absences, his ice time has plummeted and his production is a shell of its early season self.

Hopefully, these 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Waiver Wire plays are beneficial to you. Comment below if they're not!


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