NHL Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups
The NHL season is a little more than three weeks old. For fantasy owners if you are off to an 2-0 start you are in good shape. If you are 1-1 or 0-2. there maybe some room for concern. Injuries have been occurring as well as of late and depending who you own, that may not be a good thing.
Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars: Faska needs to provide scoring depth for the Dallas Stars in order to win games. They have Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin who are good at putting up numbers night in and night out, but maybe Faska can provide it. He is owned in 23% of Fantrax Leagues. Faksa has scored two goals and recorded three assists in eight games so far this season. His plus/minus is 1. Faksa has has 25.35 fantasy points so far this season.
Valtteri Filppula, Philadelphia Flyers: Filppula has been a surprising scoring source for the Flyers early this season. He has scored four goals and recorded two assists in right games so far this season. Filppula is known more for his physical play than his offense. However, this shouldn’t stop you from picking him up. Filppula will provide that third line scoring spark. He has 37.4 fantasy points so far this season and he is owned in 24% of Fantrax Leagues.
Brian Gibbons, New Jersey Devils: John Hynes has been able to groom young players into stronger and faster players so far this season. Brian Gibbons has been another surprise in real life and in the fantasy world. In eight games, he has scored three goals and recorded two assists. His plus/minus is 6. Gibbons is owned in 13% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 22.8 fantasy points so far this season.
Josh Bailey, New York Islanders: Bailey can be inconsistent at times, but he is a top-six to top-nine forward for a reason. He has the talent to put the puck in the net on any given night. Bailey is owned in 40% of Fantrax Leagues. He has scored three goals and recorded three assists in eight games so far this season. His plus/minus is 5. Bailey has 20.05 fantasy points so far this season.
Jakub Vrana, Washington Capitals: Vrana is owned in 63% of Fantrax Leagues. He has scored two goals and recorded three assists in nine games so far this season. His plus/minus is 3. The Capitals offense has been struggling lately, but Vrana has been one of their positives. Vrana has 18.55 fantasy points so far this season. I expect him to pick up the scoring.
Derek Dorsett, Vancouver Canucks: The Vancouver Canucks are off to a surprising 4-3-1 start to the season for a reason. Dorsett has been playing well and he has scored five goals and recorded an assist in eight games. His plus/minus is 2. Dorsett is owned in 15% of Fantrax Leagues.
Calvin de Haan, New York Islanders: The Islanders blue line hasn’t all been that special this season, but de Haan is one of the reasons why it is average. Calvin de Haan has recorded four assists in eight games despite not scoring a goal yet. He is setting up other teammates and that is what the Islanders are looking for. His plus/minus is also 4 and De Haan is owned in 31% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 16.4 fantasy points so far this season.
Ron Hainsey, Toronto Maple Leafs: Hainsey is playing for a very good Toronto Maple Leafs team. They have weapons all over the ice and they can score at any moment. The defenseman are also very good on this team. Hainsey is more of a stay at home defenseman, but the stats don’t lie in his first eight games with them. He hasn’t score a goal but Hainsey has recorded six assists. His plus/minus is 4. Hainsey is owned in 13% of Fantrax Leagues. He has 18.1 fantasy points so far this season.
Luca Sbisa, Vegas Golden Knights: The Vegas Golden Knights has been off to a historical start. This is their first season as an NHL team and they are showing no signs of it at all. Sbisa is keeping the blue line up to par. Despite not scoring a goal in seven games, he has record four assists and his plus/minus is 2. He is owned in 9% of Fantrax Leagues. Sbisa has 14.3 fantasy points so far this season.
Oscar Dansk, Vegas Golden Knights: Another week, another injury for a Vegas Golden Knights goaltender. Malcolm Subban was a hot guy off the waiver wire last week after Marc-Andre Fleury went down with a concussion. Subban will now be sidelined with a lower-body injury for about a month. Dansk came in relief in a 3-2 win on Saturday Night against the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Dansk is owned in 7% of Fantrax Leagues. His record is 1-0 with a 4.36 GAA and a .909 save percentage. Dansk stopped 10 shots in that game. He has four fantasy points so far this season.
Adin Hill, Arizona Coyotes: Antti Raanta has been sidelined with an injury to start the season and it has really opened the door for Adin Hill. Yes the team has been struggling, but Hill is getting most of the action right now and it’s not his fault the defense is bad. His record is 0-2 with a 3.62 GAA and a .889 save percentage. Hill is owned in 13% of Fantrax Leagues. He has -10.8 fantasy points so far this season, but his numbers will get better until Raanta gets back.
Casey DeSmith, Pittsburgh Penguins: DeSmith hasn’t played a game between the pipes this season for the Pittsburgh Penguins in his NHL career. He is getting called up after the Pittsburgh decided to place Antti Niemi on waivers today. DeSmith is owned in 1% of Fantrax Leagues. Pittsburgh has 16 more back-to-back games this season and Pittsburgh didn’t have trust in Niemi any longer. DeSmith has played in three games so far this season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL). His record is 3-0 with a 0.98 GAA and a .965 save percentage. The Penguins defense in the minor leagues isn’t good either, but DeSmith is more athletic and can stop a puck better right now than Niemi could.