Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire

by Tyler Mulligan
2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire

Like the NHL regular season, fantasy hockey is winding down.

If you’re still reading these articles, there’s a good chance that you’re still in the hunt for hardware. For the vast majority of leagues, this week is the championship week.

Last week, San Jose forward Patrick Marleau set a record for most games played in NHL history, surpassing Gordie Howe’s legendary mark of 1,767 games. 

Fantasy hockey managers should strive to be like Patrick Marleau— in the running for the long haul. “Finalist” doesn’t have the same ring as “Champion”, because everybody forgets who comes in second place. There’s still work to do, and the waiver wire is the best starting point.

To be successful in fantasy hockey, it’s paramount to read between the lines, both literally and figuratively. Changes in lines, depth chart changes and of course, injuries can make or break a fantasy asset.

With the Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire, we’ll look at some of the best fantasy assets that could help you win some championships.

Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds

Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, Florida Panthers (36% Rostered)

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Anthony Duclair has been reaping the benefits of the Florida Panthers’ trade deadline moves. By acquiring Sam Bennett from Calgary Flames, the Panthers were forced to spread their talent throughout their lineup. Bennett’s inclusion on the second line has reaped benefits, primarily for Anthony Duclair, who joins Jonathan Huberdeau on Bennett’s wing.

Duclair has been red hot as of late. Last week, the 25-year-old made his mark on the stat sheet, registering six assists and a +8 rating in four games. Duclair’s speed and aggressive temperament also led to a highly coveted shorthanded point in a 4-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes this past Saturday.

A lot of Duclair’s success can be attributed to the chemistry he shares with his new linemates. Duclair, Huberdeau, and Bennett have been one of the most explosive lines in the NHL. According to, the trio holds the third-best expected goals for percentage (xGF%) for offensive lines that have played over 50 minutes of ice time together, with a 72.3% rate.

For those less inclined to the world of advanced hockey analytics, xGF% uses shot quality as a benchmark to determine which team is expected to score more goals while a certain player or line is on the ice by looking at the difference between expected goals for and expected goals against.

In other words, the Duclair line has been dominant.

Duclair scored two goals and added eight helpers over the past eight games and fantasy owners looking for a high-ceiling performer should target the speedy winger ahead of Week 15.

Nick Bonino, C/LW, Minnesota Wild (11%Rostered)

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With seven goals and 13 assists on the season, Nick Bonino might not be the most intriguing pickup on the surface. Despite his modest offensive numbers on the season, those looking at his recent production will be blown away.

In the past seven outings, Bonino has exploded for eleven points (3 goals, eight assists). With the Wild shuffling their lineup, Bonino has made the most of his opportunity. 

While he’s technically on the fourth line, he’s playing alongside former All-Star Zach Parise and Nico Sturm. Despite being on the fourth line, he’s seeing an uptick in ice time. He’s also being featured on the first power-play unit with Victor Rask and Kirill Kaprizov. Through the seven-game stretch, the 33-year-old has scored three points on the man advantage.

While five-on-five, the wily veteran has excelled, going +8 during the seven-game stretch.

Bonino isn’t the sexiest pick, but his consistent play as of late makes him worth picking up.

Calvin Petersen, G, Los Angeles Kings (24% Rostered)

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The Los Angeles Kings have an excellent slate heading into Week 15, playing the lowly Anaheim Ducks four times.

The Ducks are dead last in the West Division, with a 14-27-7 record and a -51 goal differential. Anaheim has struggled offensively in 2021 and holds the dubious honor of having the least goals in the league.

This bodes well for the Kings, and particularly for the goaltenders. While Jonathan Quick will play at least one of the games versus the Ducks, Calvin Petersen has emerged as the go-to guy between the pipes.

Although Petersen has struggled lately, a bunch of games against an offensively inept team should help his cause. 

On the year, Petersen has an 8-13-4 record with a 2.74 GAA and a .917 SV%.

Mike Reilly, D, Boston Bruins (28% Rostered)

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Offensive production from the backend is hard to come by in fantasy hockey. Outside a handful of defensemen, there aren’t many options. For the most part, defenders are utilized for peripheral stats.

Since being traded to Boston, Mike Reilly has been a huge factor for the Bruins, both on the offensive end as well as defensively.

Since donning the Bruins uniform, Reilly has registered four assists in eight games. He’s also chipped in 21 shots on goal and eight hits, while holding a +2 rating.

With Boston’s defensive corps being decimated by injuries, Reilly has been relied upon to fill various roles. He’s seeing time on the second power-play unit and his average ice time has jumped to 21:52 since joining the squad.

For those lacking a solid D-man, Reilly is a good choice, given the opportunities he’s been getting in Boston.

Waiver Drops

Blake Wheeler, C/RW, Winnipeg Jets (90% Rostered)

If you’re in a dynasty league, you can forget about this upcoming analysis.

Considering the fact we’re in the final week of fantasy hockey, holding onto some of the league’s top players, like Blake Wheeler, becomes less necessary.

Wheeler was held out of the Winnipeg lineup for six games while dealing with a concussion. Now that he’s healthy, he hasn’t exactly been impactful for the Jets. In the three games, he’s been in the lineup since his injury, the Jets captain has a -6 rating.

Wheeler seems to be working on getting his legs back, which isn’t ideal for fantasy managers at this point in the season. Owners of Wheeler might be better off looking for value on the waiver wire, as opposed to sticking with the 34-year-old.

Patrik Laine, LW/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets (73% Rostered)

Similar to the situation with Blake Wheeler, those who have Patrik Laine in their roster might want to think about looking elsewhere for production. If you’ve got him in a keeper league, it’s tough to pass on his talent. 

Regardless, the Laine experiment in Columbus hasn’t panned out. In his last 16 appearances, the second-overall pick of the 2016 draft has only managed to score four points, while posting an abysmal -17 rating.

When you add in the fact that Columbus is only scheduled for two games in Week 15, it makes it that much easier to cut ties with the Finnish sniper.

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