Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 8 (2019)
Last week I discussed looking at teams that are really hot or cold as factors for waiver claims. To some degree, a high tide raises all boats (and vice versa) and hockey players are notoriously streaky to begin with. Riding a few hot waves while avoiding some cold spells could make a huge difference in your team’s success.
With that in mind, here are the teams with six or more wins in the last 10 games:
- Nine – New York Islanders
- Eight – Washington and Dallas
- Seven – Montreal, St. Louis, Winnipeg.
The teams with three or fewer wins in the last 10 games are Buffalo, Toronto, Columbus, Vancouver, and Vegas. Another stat I like to consider is team goal differential (specifically if +/- is a stat in your scoring system). Teams that are +16 or higher are Boston, Washington, the New York Islanders, and Pittsburgh. Teams that are -16 or lower are Detroit (-31!), New Jersey, Columbus, Minnesota, and Los Angeles.
Boone Jenner (CBJ): 25% owned
Jenner and the Blue Jackets are really struggling right now. At 26 years of age, Jenner has enough youth on his side (to pair with a decent resume) to give you some hope as a stash play. He has a 30-goal season under his belt and is one of the more consistent hitters in the league (33 to date). There is always the chance of a coaching change with a last-place team and if a more offensive mind takes over in Columbus, you’ll have a top-six forward on your bench ready to go.
Kirby Dach (CHI): 5% owned
Dach was drafted third overall this year and has already skated past the 10-game mark in Chicago. He could still be sent to the minors, but with nine points in his first 14 games, he is currently making the most of his ice time to date (11:13). He is also a stash play, but could be a steal if he works his way up to a top-six role playing the likes of Patrick Kane and Alex Debrincat.
Derick Brassard (NYI): 7% owned
Brassard is looking to give David Perron a run for his money as the guy who produced solid offense on the most teams in a career. Off to a good start with 13 points in his first 18 games, Brassard has earned a spot on the second line and the first power-play unit. The Isles are the hottest team in the league and the +16 goal differential should not be an anomaly with Barry Trotz coaching.
Joel Farabee (PHI): 2% owned
Another stash play, Farabee is a high draft pick (14th overall) with one dominant college season under his belt. As the second-highest rated player in the Flyers’ system (after Carter Hart), Farabee made the team out of training camp and the early returns are good. As with Chicago, there is plenty of offensive talent up front for support and the Flyers are definitely a team that will give their young players a legitimate chance to play.
Jordan Eberle (NYI): 9% owned
Another Islander reclamation project, Eberle has done a great job of reinventing himself from an ugly ending in Edmonton. While he’s hit 30 goals once, he’s also scored at least 51 points five times in his career and should still be in his prime at the age of 29. Playing on a line with Matthew Barzal and Anders Lee is a pretty sweet gig and he probably won’t stay in your free agent queue for long.
Filip Chytil (NYR): 4% owned
The Rangers had another splashy offseason, but their hidden young gem may end up being Chytil. Drafted 21st overall in 2017, he was seasoned for a year in the AHL (31 points in 46 games) and was brought along slowly with the big club last year. Through his first nine games this year, Chytil has posted six goals and seven points and is centering the second line with Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Kreider.
Jake Gardiner (CAR): 17% owned
Much like how Jordan Eberle needed to get out of Edmonton, Jake Gardiner needed a change of pace from the scrutiny he faced in Toronto. Fifty-point defensemen are not typically available in free agency (under 30 years of age) and Carolina pounced with a four-year offer. Gardiner will not hear the boos for his defensive mistakes (he’s already -11) and will be able to join the rush regularly on a top-10 offense.
Samuel Girard (COL): 15% owned
Girard hasn’t come flying out of the gate this season, but is starting to make splash plays that show up on the nightly and weekly highlights. You can see the increased level of confidence in his game and that paired with world-class skating and stick-handling skills should inevitably lead to points. He potted 149 points in his last 126 junior contests and his game translates well in the new NHL. He has seven points in his first 20 games this year, but he can still hit 40 for the season.
Tristan Jarry (PIT): 3% owned
In most leagues, there simply aren’t any starting (or timeshare) goalies available on waivers, so it can become a guessing game. I don’t want to bet on (and definitely don’t wish for) injuries to starting goalies, but Matt Murray has suffered more than his share of downtime. Besides the potential opportunity there, the Penguins have three viable goalies in their system and Jarry is a candidate to be moved to another team if one of their goalies is hurt or ineffective.
Henri Jokiharju (BUF): 1% owned
Jokiharju was obtained by the Sabres in the offseason for Alex Nylander, giving both young prospects a fresh start. He probably has a better situation in Buffalo (especially if Rasmus Ristolainen is eventually traded) and could someday find himself playing with young phenom Rasmus Dahlin. Regardless, he is a talented offensive defenseman (71 points his last year in junior) on a team full of potential young superstars.