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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 13 (2021)

by Sheldon Curtis | @sheldon__curtis | Featured Writer
Apr 8, 2021

Eric Staal is the type of savvy veteran that Montreal may lean on down the stretch.

We finally had a relevant trade go down, as the New York Islanders acquired Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils. Palmieri’s departure seemed imminent as he had been a healthy scratch while the Devils compared offers from several teams, per reports. Zajac is having a sneaky-good season, so it is definitely more than a throw-in, and this move may motivate some other general managers to pick up that phone.

Covid-19 issues are now running rampant in Canada, as the Vancouver Canucks have at least 25 reported cases at the moment. It is difficult to predict when they will play again, and there is even talk of the NHL considering a further reduction of regular-season games. It remains to be seen if the Canucks will be penalized by the NHL (if non-compliance with Covid-19 protocol is determined). Needless to say, if you have any Vancouver players on your roster, you may want to consider all of the players mentioned in this article.

As for who’s hot and who’s not, here are the teams with seven or more wins in their last 10 games:

  • Toronto / Nashville / Colorado / Arizona

Teams with three or fewer wins in their last 10 games include:

  • Calgary / Philadelphia / New Jersey / Buffalo / Columbus / Dallas / Detroit / St. Louis / Los Angeles

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Center

Eric Staal (MTL): 18%
Like many other players, Staal was having a miserable year in Buffalo until Marc Bergevin showed up in a lifeboat. With 47 points in 66 games last year, Staal may have some gas left in the tank and is already listed on the second line between Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Toffoli. He is the type of savvy veteran that Montreal may lean on down the stretch.

David Krejci (BOS): 31%
Another veteran center, Krejci seems to post 10 assists for every goal he scores. He does have 23 points (2 goals) in 32 games this year but is often undervalued since he rarely lights the lamp. He seems to have held down the second-line center role forever in Boston but is currently playing with David Pastrnak and Nick Ritchie, so he has a great chance to continue producing.

Left Wing

Joel Farabee (PHI): 47%
Farabee looks to have a bright future in Philly and is already on the top line with Sean Couturier and James van Riemsdyk. While he’s more of a dynasty play, his 27 points in 37 games indicate you could have worse options in your lineup this season. He’s also listed on the first powerplay unit and is averaging over 16 minutes of ice time per game.

Taylor Hall (BUF): 68%
The fact he’s under 90% ownership paints a picture of how rough this season has been for Hall. Scoring only 19 points in 37 games is surprising but having only two goals looks like a typo. Hall has also been a healthy scratch as teams have been calling, and a deal seems likely. There’s nowhere to go but up, and Hall could catch fire with a fresh start.

Right Wing

Andre Burakovsky (COL): 36%
Colorado is a juggernaut and has some impressive offensive depth. Burakovsky is slotted on the second line with Nazem Kadri and Brandon Saad and is averaging close to 15 minutes per game in ice time. His production is solid, with 25 points in 35 games, and the Avalanche are +50 in goal differential. He’s also playing on the second powerplay unit.

Kyle Palmieri (NYI): 42%
Palmieri’s moving on up to arguably a top-five team (the Islanders are tied for fifth with Washington and Tampa Bay) and is the type of player that could thrive on the island. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him on the top line with Matthew Barzal, and he may be there for a while as he’s only 30 years of age. He’s scored at least 44 points the last five seasons and should be a popular waiver addition this week.

Defense

Vince Dunn (STL): 7%
Dunn’s name surfaced in trade gossip earlier this year, and St. Louis may be in a selling mood now that their hopes of making the postseason have all but disappeared. His offensive game hasn’t been as pronounced as many expected, citing his gaudy stats in junior and his one season in the AHL (45 points in 78 games). He’s the type of prospect many teams covet and might explode on an offensive powerhouse like Florida or Toronto.

Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI): 5%
The Ghost actually cleared waivers recently, so some additional (salary cap) pieces may be needed to facilitate a trade, but you have to think his days with the Flyers are numbered. His fall from grace has been shocking, and there may not be a player in the league that needs a fresh start more than him. At such low ownership, he should be relatively easy to acquire. He’s only 27, so it is actually a great dynasty stash as well.

Goal

Adin Hill (ARI): 30%
The Coyotes quietly look like a playoff team, and Hill has quietly taken over in net recently. A third-round pick in 2015, Hill has honed his craft while playing 138 games in the AHL. His stats with the Coyotes have been solid (7-4-1, 2.66 GAA, .913 save percentage), and there are persistent rumors that one of Arizona’s other goalies may be moved before the deadline.

Sleeper

Jamie Drysdale (ANH): 5%
This is a dynasty stash, as he may well be sent down to the AHL for more ice time, but Drysdale has certainly looked the part so far. As the sixth overall pick in the draft, he posted 10 points in 14 games in the AHL and then another four points in nine games with the Ducks. If you missed out on guys like Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes in your dynasty leagues, Drysdale might end up being a similar player down the road.

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