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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Trevor Moore, Dylan Cozens, Spencer Knight (Week 8)

Dec 1, 2022
Jordan Eberle

If you need points, Jordan Eberle is the one you want.

We’re in the holiday season and hopefully, your fantasy clubs is in the spirit. If not, the waiver wire remains imperative as it could help you obtain players on the rise that could be flipped before the trade deadline.

Let’s check out some names that are worth considering for this season and perhaps beyond.

*Rosterships courtesy of ESPN

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NHL Fantasy Hockey Week 8 Waiver Wire Advice

Trevor Moore (LW, RW – LA) 15.3% rostered

The Kings’ Trevor Moore has been a nice cross-category contributor while skating on one of the more underrated lines in the NHL.

While Skating alongside Philip Danault and Viktor Arvidsson on the Kings’ second line, Moore has registered a healthy six goals and 16 points across 25 games. Moore is not an elite point producer but also contributes elsewhere, particularly in the shots-on-goal department.

Indeed, Moore has peppered a hefty 77 shots in those 25 games, good for 3.08 shots per game. He’s also a plus-three on the season while collecting four power-play points. If your league counts hits, he’s delivered a solid 30 of those across 25 contests.

Moore has cooled off some of late, but he’s due to get going moving forward. With just six goals on 77 shots, his shooting rate of just 7.8% is low for any forward. Despite a career 9.1% mark, I’d expect Moore to find the back of the net moving forward.

Of course, plenty of players out there can put up more points than the diminutive 27-year-old. However, Moore’s shot volume is well above average, and he contributes enough in other peripheral categories and is no slouch in any of them. This is why he’s averaging a quality 17:58 of ice time per game, more than a two-minute jump from last season.

If you have a need on either wing, give Moore a look if you’re searching for some shots and points.

Jordan Eberle (LW, RW – SEA) 12.8% rostered

If points are most important, then Eberle is a player who can help right now.

You don’t see many if any, players hovering around a point-per-game mark at less than 13% rostered, but that’s the case with Eberle, as he’s racked up six goals and 21 points across 22 games while adding six power-play points to his ledger. On a surprisingly strong Kraken club, he’s also not hurting in the plus-minus category with a plus-three mark on his ledger.

Eberle isn’t going to give you many shots or hits with 45 and 11 of those, respectively. However, he’s skating on a line with two very talented youngsters in Matty Beniers (second overall pick in 2021) and Jared McCann (first-round pick in 2014). The Kraken has spread out their power-play groups fairly evenly from a personnel standpoint. Still, Eberle’s six man-advantage points are enough to expect consistent production on the league’s eighth-ranked man-advantage (26%).

He’s not a fantasy beast by any means, but with solid production in goals, assists, power-play points, and plus-minus, you could do a lot worse than Eberle on the open market.

Spencer Knight (G – FLA) 47.3% rostered

It’s been tough to roster Spencer Knight, given the amount of money Sergei Bobrovsky is making ($10 million annually). With that type of contract, Bobrovsky has been given a massive leash despite wildly underwhelming results during his Panthers tenure.

That said, Knight is finally starting to eat his lunch regularly. Knight has started seven of the last 10 games, and it will be eight of 11 as he’ll start Wednesday’s game in Vancouver. Knight has posted a solid 2.74 GAA and .914 Sv% in 12 appearances, and while it’s not spectacular, it’s a monster improvement over Bobrovsky.

The two-time Vezina-winning Bobrovsky owns a putrid 3.84 GAA and .878 Sv% in 12 appearances on the season. His -9.62 goals saved above average ranks 64th of the 67 qualified netminders in that department, as per Hockey Reference. Knight sits 19th of those 67 netminders.

Unlike last season, the Panthers cannot afford to provide Bobrovsky with a long leash. It’s early, just 23 games into their season, but the Panthers are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. They’re in a log jam of clubs within a handful of points of a playoff spot, but that’s not a positive thing. They’re going to need to battle their way into the playoffs — a far cry from last season — and can’t afford to have a goaltender with a .887 Sv% getting the lion’s share of starts.

Given the increased workload, Knight is a quality add right now and should be considered strongly in dynasty leagues at the ripe age of 21 years old.

Dylan Cozens (C, LW – BUF) 12% rostered

Another player sporting a tiny rostership is Cozens, but it appears the fantasy world hasn’t quite caught on to his production this season.

Through 23 games, the young pivot has collected eight goals and 18 points while firing a healthy 62 shots on goal. In 10-team leagues or deeper, his shot total should be among the highest on the waiver wire (while Moore’s should be the highest). If you’re in need of shots and points, Cozens makes a lot of sense.

The Sabres’ second line is one of the youngest in the league. The 21-year-old Cozens is skating between Jack Quinn (21) and J.J. Peterka (20). That said, that trio has been quite solid of late, especially Cozens, who has recorded four goals and six points over his last five games.

He’s logged just three power-play points on the season, but as long as he’s skating with Tage Thompson, Rasmus Dahlin, and Jeff Skinner on the Sabres’ top unit, he should see a rise in man-advantage points moving forward.

We’re witnessing a young player coming into his own during this hot streak, and now should be the time to consider adding the 2019 seventh-overall pick should there be an opening in your lineup.

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