Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Advice: Viktor Arvidsson, Kirby Dach, Jason Zucker (2022)
It’s relatively early in the NHL season, but we know as the weather cools, the fantasy hockey season heats up.
That said, let’s check out that waiver wire and see who’s worth picking up midway through Week 6.
NHL Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Waiver Wire Advice
Viktor Arvidsson (LW, RW – LA) 48.7% rostered
Viktor Arvidsson was once a fantasy staple, given his ability to score goals and produce a high shot volume, but he’s failed to reach his ceiling in recent seasons, partially due to injury. However, it might be time to put him back on your radar.
With three goals and 13 points across 17 games, he’s off to a solid start this season alongside Trevor Moore and Phillip Danault as perhaps the most underrated line in hockey. He’s also logged 40 shots on goal, five power-play points, eight penalty minutes, and a plus-two rating. He doesn’t provide anything in the hits column, with just four on the season. That’s nothing new for the former Nashville Predator.
We can also expect some positive goal-scoring regression moving forward, with his current 7.5% shooting rate sitting below his 10.9% career mark. Arvidsson has actually endured poor puck luck in the previous two seasons, with a 6.6% clip in the 2020-21 season followed by an 8.8% mark last season. I’d still expect him to raise his current shooting rate moving forward.
Arvidsson is certainly worth a look after a slow start to his season.
Mason Marchment (LW, RW – DAL) 35.8% rostered
Mason Marchment has cooled off following a hot start to his season, but he remains a solid cross-category contributor that should pick up the scoring moving forward.
Marchment has logged five goals and nine points across 16 games on the season, with three power-play points, 36 shots on goal, and 20 hits to his credit as well. Marchment actually snapped a scoring drought with a tally against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, so perhaps the tide has already turned on the breakout 2021-22 player.
He’s the second left-winger on the Stars’ depth chart alongside Tyler Seguin while also receiving second-unit power-play duties as part of his healthy 15:48 of average ice time. Marchment produced 47 points in 54 games with just 14:07 of average ice last season, so clearly, he’s capable offensively even on a weaker Dallas Stars offense than what the Florida Panthers rolled out last season.
If you’re looking for some production across the board, you could do a lot worse than Marchment.
Kirby Dach (C, RW – MTL) 23.5% rostered
Of the players listed in this piece, it’s Dach whose value is soaring the most at the moment.
With four goals and 14 points in 16 games, he’s clearly getting it done offensively while he’s added five power-play points and a plus-three rating to his ledger. He doesn’t shoot the puck or hit much, but where he’s playing right now, he doesn’t have to.
The reason being is that Dach is skating on the Canadiens’ top line alongside captain Nick Suzuki and sniper Cole Caufield. Caufield is the clear triggerman among that trio and obviously a young, pure goal-scorer. Dach’s job is mostly to get the much on Caufield’s stick which should lend to plenty of assists, and more special teams points moving forward.
He’s averaging 16:08 of ice time per game but has skated at least 17:15 in each of his last four games, including a whopping 20:28 his last time out. His average ice time is going to start creeping up in a hurry.
Right now is the time to hop on a player that’s been a seamless fit alongside two gifted offensive players.
Jason Zucker (LW – PIT) 22.4% rostered
Zucker is a close second in terms of his value rising among players listed here, as he’s enjoying a nice season alongside Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins’ second line.
He’s notched a point-per-game with 14 of them in as many contests, but that’s not even close to where his value ends. Zucker has also fired 38 shots on goal and produced an excellent plus-seven rating. For leagues that include hits, Zucker’s 41 on the season is the icing on the cake for a player that is flying well under the radar in fantasy leagues.
As a member of the rarely-used second power-play unit, just don’t expect a ton of man-advantage production despite a solid three power-play points on the season. He’s probably next man up if any of the four forwards on that top unit is injured, however.
At less than 23% rostered Zucker isn’t getting the fantasy love he deserves, but you’d be wise to snatch him up sooner than later.
Connor Clifton (D – BOS) 16.7% rostered
I’d likely only consider Connot Clifton in leagues that count hits, but he’s having a really nice fantasy season at a low rostership.
Clifton has tallied a quality eight points in 16 games on the season, but he’s also piled up 48 hits, 30 shots on goal, 22 penalty minutes, and a shiny plus-eight rating on one of the best teams in the NHL. Those peripheral stats aren’t going anywhere and are certainly not nearly as volatile as goals and assists can be. You’re locking in plenty of hits and a very impressive plus-minus with Clifton.
He’s locked into the Bruins’ second defensive pairing alongside Hampus Lindholm and has logged 21:18 of average ice time as a result. He doesn’t get any power play time, but he’s still averaging more than five minutes of average ice time over last season.
Whether his point production remains this solid remains to be seen, but Clifton is delivering in the peripheral categories with authority.