Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 10 (2019)
More coaching news hit the hockey world recently as Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters “resigned” a few days after allegations of verbal and physical abuse began to circulate. Many teams are affected by a coaching change and the Flames are now 3-0-1 in their last four games, so that is worth keeping an eye on. As for who’s on a roll and who’s getting rolled, here are the teams with at least seven wins in their last 10 games.
Eight – Boston, San Jose
Seven – Carolina, Colorado, Winnipeg, Dallas
Teams with three or fewer wins include Buffalo, Montreal, Detroit, Nashville, Calgary, and Anaheim. Detroit’s goal differential is a mindboggling -53 after 29 games. Let’s take a look at some waiver options for this week.
Jeff Carter (LA): 15% Owned
Carter’s demise has been expected since he was severely cut by a skate blade a couple of years ago. With 12 points in 27 games on a struggling Kings squad, it’s tough to say he’s bounced all the way back, but a recent three-point effort is encouraging. He also has 92 shots and 26 hits to date and is the second-line center for the Kings.
Jonathan Drouin (MTL): 35% Owned
Drouin is a stash play only, as his recent wrist injury should keep him out until at least early January. He has bounced from center to wing (eligible at both) and has posted 15 points in his first 19 games this year. He’s only 24 years of age and could still break out in a big way.
Bryan Rust (PIT): 41% Owned
Rust is also a stash, although he is only listed as day to day with a lower-body injury. Averaging a healthy 17:22 of ice time so far, Rust has scored an impressive 17 points in his first 14 games this year. Even with the current and former injuries to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, respectively, the Penguins are the fifth-best offense in the league this season. Rust should continue to be a big part of that once he returns.
Jaden Schwartz (STL): 37% Owned
Schwartz’s main issue in the NHL has been staying healthy. He’s hit 55 points or more four times in his career and has 20 points in his first 28 games this year. He’ll typically record roughly one hit per game and more than two shots on average and is logging 18:12 in ice time this season on the Blues’ top line and power-play unit.
Blake Coleman (NJ): 39% Owned
Coleman is averaging almost exactly two shots and three hits per game and has posted 14 points in 25 games this year. He’s holding down a spot on the second line in New Jersey and is averaging 15:37 in ice time. He’s a plugger, but a reliable one.
Dustin Brown (LA): 38% Owned
As recently as two years ago, Dustin Brown was one of the top power forwards in the league. He’s hit the 20-goal mark seven times in his career and may have a shot at that mark again this season with six goals to date. He’s usually good for a couple of hits and shots per game and is averaging almost 19 minutes per game on the Kings’ top line.
Cam Fowler (ANA): 22% Owned
Fowler is off to a great start this year with 15 points in his first 27 games. Much like the Kings, Anaheim has struggled the last couple of years, so Fowler’s +5 mark is pretty impressive. He is a close second on the team in ice time with 21:33 and runs the first power-play unit. He has posted 32 points or more five times in his career and may hit 40 points this year.
Filip Hronek (DET): 25% Owned
While the Red Wings have been awful this season, there are some bright spots on the team, including Hronek. It’s pretty rare to find a 22-year-old defenseman leading an NHL team in ice time. This is a sign of Detroit’s faith in their young rearguard. After drafting him in the second round, the Red Wings let him develop in the OHL (61 points in 59 games) and the AHL (65 points in 108 games). He has a shot at a 40-point season this year and is an especially great dynasty play.
Alex Stalock (MIN): 19% Owned
Regardless of Devan Dubnyk’s unfortunate situation (wife’s illness), Stalock has made a play for the number one job in Minnesota this season. His stats are quite good (7-3-2, 2.67 goals against average, 0.912 save percentage), and he may well take over the crease and run with it. His career stats are remarkably close to those he’s posted this year, so he shouldn’t have any issues continuing to play at this level.
Andreas Athanasiou (DET): 15% Owned
With some acrimonious contract negotiations in his past and Detroit’s current situation (last place in the standings), Athanasiou may be a prime trade target for other teams. He’s only 25, possesses all world speed, and could post 40-45 points in Detroit or 10-15 more on a better team.