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Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire

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Welcome to the Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire!

Wheeling and dealing is the name of the game. The waiver wire is a treasure trove of fantasy output and with a shortened season, utilizing the wire to garner fantasy points is of utmost importance.

Each week, we analyze matchups, trends, and depth chart changes to predict which players will add value to your fantasy squad.

With one week in the books, there’s no better time than the present to play the wire. Fantasy managers that started hot, will look to stay in the win column. Those who lost their first matchup will look to claw back.

This week we’ll look at some of the top adds of the week to give your team the edge.

Fantasy Hockey Week 2 Waiver Wire

Waiver Adds:

Bobby Ryan, LW/RW, Detroit Red Wings (40% Rostered)

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Last season, Bobby Ryan had off-ice issues that needed shoring up. Entering into the NHL’s alcohol abuse program, everyone rooted for Ryan in his return to the NHL. In his first game back, Ryan posted a hat-trick and earned the Bill Masterson Trophy for exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

This season, as a member of the Red Wings, many didn’t expect Ryan to be a fantasy option as a 33-year-old on one of the worst teams in the league.

Ryan has been proving naysayers wrong. In his first three contests of the season, the veteran winger scored four goals. He’s been the spark to Detroit’s offensive output early in the season and is worth picking up in most leagues.

With four Detroit playing four games in Week 2, Fantasy managers can expect more production from Ryan going forward.

Roope Hintz, C/LW, Dallas Stars (35% Rostered)

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The Dallas Stars are finally back in action after their first four games of the season were postponed due to a COVID outbreak. This new reality isn’t great for hockey, but at least there are chances for opportunistic Fantasy managers to take advantage.

As a result of Dallas being out of commission, Fantasy managers of Stars players may have grown impatient. Those looking through the fog of war realized that Dallas has elite offensive production. There is a reason they made it to the Stanley Cup Final last season.

A large part of the offense will be run through their top line, which Rope Hintz plays the bumper position. What’s more exciting is the top power-play unit featuring Hintz, Joe Pavelski, and Alexander Radulov who have been raking in points to start the year.

Hintz is a beneficiary of the ailments sidelining Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn as he’s scored a goal and four assists in just two games. Surprisingly, all of these points have come on the man advantage.

Fantasy managers should strike while the iron is hot in Dallas and Hintz is bound to continue scorching defenders on the power play.

Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, Montreal Canadiens (29% Rostered)

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With the lofty expectations that come with being the 3rd pick in the 2013 NHL draft, Jonathan Drouin hasn’t exactly delivered.

Coming into the 2021 season, the Quebec native only scored 219 points in 349 games. While this total isn’t bad, it’s certainly not what most fans and NHL executives expected from the speedy forward.

As a Montreal Canadien, Drouin seems to be hitting his stride. In the first six games of the season, Drouin has posted a goal and five assists to go along with five hits and a +2 rating.

The Canadiens seem to be a contender in the North Division and a good part of the offense is run through Drouin who is slated on the second line and on the top power-play unit. As the season progresses, Fantasy managers should expect consistent output from Drouin who has meshed well with newcomer Tyler Toffoli and youngster Nick Suzuki on the man advantage.

Ty Smith, D, New Jersey Devils (15% Rostered)

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The New Jersey Devils haven’t seen much production from their superstar defenseman P.K. Subban to start the 2021 campaign. Instead, their first-round selection of the 2018 draft has been picking up the slack on the backend.

Ty Smith has had an explosive start to his NHL career, scoring six points in his first five games. He’s also managed to accrue nine shots on goal during this span. Smith is currently slated on the third defensive pairing, but his excellent play has found him a spot on New Jersey’s second power-play unit.

In their 2-0 victory over the Islanders, Smith made his debut on the man advantage, chipping in a power-play assist.

Should Smith continue with his offensive production, the Devils will be forced to utilize the 20-year old in more situations. On the defensive side, he’s also chipped in with five hits and four blocked shots.

Get him into your lineup and monitor any changes in New Jersey’s defensive depth chart.

Alexander Romanov, D, Montreal Canadiens (51% Rostered)

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Alexander Romanov doesn’t look like a player with only six NHL games under his belt.

He’s currently looking like a grizzled veteran for Les Habitants and while his offensive production isn’t off the charts by any means, he’s shown in his short NHL career, that his playing style lends itself to fantasy production.

Scoring two points thus far, the young Russian blueliner has racked up plenty of peripheral stats including 18 shots on goal and 15 hits, while posting a +5 rating.

Romanov is seeing time on the power play and is logging minutes on the penalty kill as well. Fantasy managers can expect the young defenseman’s role to only increase as he continues to assert himself as a weapon on the backend.

Waiver Drops:

Ryan Johansen, C, Nashville Predators (29% Rostered)

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Ryan Johansen is a bit of an anomaly. He’s a first-line center on a Stanley Cup contender. He has also consistently produced over the past ten seasons in the league, topping the 60-point mark four times.

As of late, however, he’s been in a slump. Last season for the Predators, Johansen only managed to register 36 points. While he’s been given the opportunity to thrive in Nashville, playing alongside Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson, the British Columbia native hasn’t been able to put it together on the offensive end.

Although he’s on the top power-play unit, he’s only registered two points. During 5v5 situations,  the towering centerman has gone scoreless through his first five outings. He’s a stud in the face-off circle but Johansen hasn’t put up enough peripheral stats to stay fantasy relevant.

Fantasy managers should be able to find more production on the waiver wire.

Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, Ottawa Senators (56% Rostered)

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The Senators surprised many to start the 2021 campaign with a commanding victory over the Leafs in their first game. Since then, they’ve lost every game. Considered one of the bottom feeders, Fantasy managers should steer clear.

Fantasy owners should also steer clear of Evgenii Dadonov.

After starting the season on the top line, Dadonov has been relegated to the third line. In his first five contests as a Senator, he’s only been able to chip in two points.

Usually a volume scorer, Dadonov has only managed to unleash 11 shots on goal so far this year. With a -1 rating, Dadonov exemplifies the reason why it’s tough to trust good players on bad teams.


The former Florida Panther has broken the 70-point barrier before in his career, but Fantasy managers should expect huge regression from the veteran winger.


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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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