Fantasy Hockey Week 10 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview

Fantasy Hockey Week 10 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview

Fantasy Hockey Week 10 Waiver Wire Picks & Preview

In the 38th episode of the Fantasy Hockey Hacks Podcast, the FHH team discusses the 10th week in the NHL (news & injury updates, waiver wire picks, schedule notes); and of course name the latest victim to make, “John’s List”. Subscribe to our podcast on all major directories; and stay up to date with the latest in fantasy hockey news and fantasy hockey advice.

Highlights:
  • Ben Bishop forced to retire, clarity on Dallas Goaltending
  • Mitch Marner placed on IR by the Maple Leafs, will miss 3-4 weeks
  • Tyler Toffoli will miss 8 weeks after undergoing hand surgery
  • Jake Guentzel is week-to-week with an upper-body injury, placed on IR
  • Trevor Zegras & Sonny Milano “Michigan” goal
  • Jacob Trouba Hits On Jujhar Khaira and Nathan MacKinnon
  • Marc-Andre Fleury reaches 500 career NHL wins
  • Gabriel Landeskog out 2 weeks with lower-body injury

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John’s List

If you have been listening to our podcast for a while, you’ve undoubtedly heard about “John’s List”; which is basically John’s $h!t list of players past and present. We’ve decided to make this a regular segment on the podcast and will include it in the blog for fun as well. If you have any suggestions for players we should add to the list, let us know!

Vincent Lecavalier & Martin St.Louis

St. Louis got more hype than he deserved because he was small. Lecavalier because the Lightning got scored on a lot less when he was on the bench. Both because I hated the early to mid 2000’s Lightning for no good reason.

Hockey News & Injury Updates | Dec. 6 – 12, 2021

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Our partner, Left Wing Lock, has a complete up-to-date list available on their website for all players placed on COVID protocol. You can see that list here.

December 6 
  • Alain Vineult and Michael Therrien have been relieved of their duties in Philadelphia as well, according to Elliott Friedman. 

  • Alexander Barkov could be back on either Tuesday or Friday this week. Stay tuned. 
  • The Dallas Stars sent Ben Bishop down to the AHL on a conditioning stint, he will see game time. The thought is that Khudobin gets traded, Oettinger sent down, Bishop and Holtby with Dallas.
  • J.T. Compher was back on the ice for practice this morning. 

  • Jason Spezza will have an in-person hearing for his knee to the head of Neal Pionk. Pionk had a phone hearing for his knee-on-knee, and Simmonds received a fine. UPDATE: Pionk was suspended 2 games for his actions during Sunday’s game against the Leafs. 

  • Robert Thomas is considered DTD with a lower-body injury. 

  • Tyler Toffoli will miss 8 weeks after undergoing hand surgery. 
  • Jonathan Huberdeau was the NHL’s first star of the week, followed by Victor Hedman, and Jake Guentzel. Huberdeau led the NHL with 8 assists and 9 points in 3 contests. 
  • Jordan Eberle and Jaden Schwartz return for the Seattle Kraken. 
  • Tom Wilson scored his 100th career NHL goal against the Anaheim Ducks. 

December 7
  • Mitch Marner was placed on IR by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had an MRI, recovery is estimated to be ~3-4 Weeks. Should be back on the ice soon according to Coach Keefe. 

  • China will participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics in Group A, which includes Canada, USA, and Germany. 

  • Neal Pionk is in concussion protocol. Will not travel with the team to Seattle on their upcoming road trip. 
  • Jason Spezza was suspended 6 games for kneeing Neal Pionk in last Sunday’s contest. 
  • Jujhar Khaira was stretchered off the ice in Tuesday’s contest after taking a hit to the head from Jacob Trouba. It was not good.
  • Trevor Zegras made an unbelievable play behind the net, Sonny Milano finished it off for a goal of the year candidate.   

  • Alexander Barkov, in his return to the lineup, scored a goal, but also left the game early with a separate injury. 
  • Casey Mittelstadt also left the game early in his return from injury. 
December 8
  • Darcy Kuemper returned for the Colorado Avalanche, got the start against the New York Rangers. 
  • Brett Pesce and Tony DeAngelo out of COVID protocol. 
  • Jake Guentzel is considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury. 

  • The Arizona Coyotes may be be locked out of Gila River arena for delinquent bills. 
  • Jason Spezza has filed an appeal to his 6-game suspension for kneeing Neal Pionk in the head. 
  • Nazem Kadri left Wednesday’s game against the Rangers with a lower-body injury.

December 9
  • The Arizona Coyotes have now paid all their bills, apparently. 

  • Former Penguins GM, Jim Rutherford, has joined the Vancouver Canucks as President of Hockey Ops and Interim GM. 
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov left Thursday’s practice early with a lower-body injury. 
  • Cody Ceci out of COVID protocol on Thursday. 
  • Joel Farabee was placed on IR on Thursday. 
  • Adam Henrique placed on IR with lower-body injury suffered on December 3rd. 
  • Marc-Andre Fleury is the third goalie in NHL history to reach 500 career wins. Reached that milestone in Montreal while recording his 69th career shutout. Jonathan Toews scored his first regular season goal since March 2020. 👀 
  • Adam Boqvist left Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury. 

  • Anthony Cirelli did not play on Thursday night against the Leafs, considered DTD. 
December 10
  • Casey Mittelstadt is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on Friday.

  • The New Jersey Devils have placed Jonathan Bernier on IR. 
  • Igor Shesterkin joined Rangers practice on Friday, was stretching. 
  • Nazem Kadri is DTD with a lower-body injury. Bowen Byram was still absent from practice on Friday with an upper-body injury, and J.T. Compher was at practice and expected to play Friday night.  

  • Mike Smith was on the ice for Oilers practice on Friday. Kris Russell was placed on IR and Philip Broberg was recalled. 
  • Tom Wilson suffered an upper-body injury during Friday’s contest against Pittsburgh. 
  • Nicklas Backstrom is expected back sometime before the Christmas break. 
  • Matt Duchene is DTD with an upper-body injury. 
  • Adam Boqvist has been placed on IR by the Columbus Blue Jackets. 
  • Gabriel Landeskog left Friday night’s game against Detroit with a lower-body injury, and did not return. UPDATE: Landeskog is expected to miss 2 weeks of action due to Friday’s injury. 
  • Blake Wheeler scored his first goal of the season, a PP goal. Also had 2 assists before leaving the game with a lower-body injury. 

December 11
  • Brock Nelson was activated from IR for New York Islanders. 
  • Dallas Stars GM, Jim Jill, announced on Saturday that after more than a year of rehab, Ben Bishop’s career is over. 

  • Nico Hischier and Ryan Graves are both in COVID protocol. 
  • Jacob Chychrun and Ryan Dzingel both suffered upper-body injuries on Friday night and are DTD. 
  • John Gibson left Saturday’s game against the Penguins with a lower-body injury. Ryan Getzlaf returned to the Ducks lineup. 

  • Brady Tkachuk recorded his first career hat trick in a 4-0 win over TB. 
  • The Islanders finally won a game in their new arena, a 4-2 victory over New Jersey. Anthony Beauvillier was a healthy scratch. 
  • Petr Mrazek returned to the Leafs lineup on Saturday, a 5-4 win over Chicago. 
  • Zach Hyman left the Oilers game in the 3rd period with an apparent shoulder injury. 
  • Alex Edler left Saturday’s game against the Wild with a lower-body injury. 
December 12
  • According to Jason Gregor, Mike Smith could be back for Tuesday’s contest against the Leafs.

  • Alexander Barkov and Anthony Duclair are not expected to be in the lineup on Sunday.
  • Jordan Kyrou will not be in the Blues lineup on Sunday.
  • Ryan Johansen was added to COVID protocol on Sunday.

  • Brayden Schenn is Day-To-Day with an upper-body injury
  • Colorado Avalanche defenceman Jacob MacDonald was stretchered-off the ice tonight against the Florida Panthers.

Ask The Hacks

  • Listener is considering a trade proposal: send Elias Lindholm, Tyson Barrie, and Carter Hart for Nikita Kucherov. Listener has Ben Bishop and Tuuka Rask on IR. Other active goalies are Tristan Jarry, Thatcher Demko, and Semyin Varlamov. 
  • Would you trade JT Miller for Brayden Point? Points only league. 
  • With Mitch Marner going on IR, would Pavel Buchnevich be a good substitute for the right side? Thanks again, I love the show! 
  • Trade Offer: Acquire Evgeny Kuznetsov for Nikolaj Ehlers. Do I do it? 
  • Do I drop Seguin for Zegras? No keepers. 
  • Will Petr Mrazek claim the #1 goaltending duties from Jack Campbell once he’s back?
  • Would you trade Victor Hedman for Adam Fox? Head-to-head points, keeper league.

Edge Work | NHL Schedule, Week 10

Need To Know: 

Week 10 sees a more typical schedule, with the majority of teams playing 3 games, a couple teams playing just 2, and the remainder playing 4 games. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are packed schedules with at least 10 games played on each night.   

  • Monday – 1 Game
  • Tuesday – 14 Games
  • Wednesday – 3 Games
  • Thursday – 11 Games
  • Friday – 6 Games
  • Saturday – 10 Games
  • Sunday – 8 Games
Teams With 4 Games: BOS, CAR, CGY, CHI, LAK, NJD, NSH, OTT, SEA, TOR, VAN, VGK 
Team Of Interest | Boston Bruins (Strength Of Schedule: -34, check out the weekly schedule tool at LeftWingLock.com for the full schedule) 
  • The Bruins have a particularly favourable schedule next week with games against the Vegas Golden Knights, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, and Ottawa Senators (collective record of 33-54-9). The Bruins are 6-3-1 in the last 10 games.
  • Players to consider: Taylor Hall (67%), Charlie Coyle (11%), Craig Smith (5%), Matt Grzelyck (18%).  
Teams With 3 Games: ARI, BUF, CBJ, COL, DAL, DET, EDM, FLA, MIN, MON, NYI, NYR, PHI, PIT, STL, TB, WPG, WSH
Team Of Interest | Pittsburgh Penguins (Strength of Schedule: -34) 
  • The Pens should be on fantasy managers radars for next week with matchups against the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, and New Jersey Devils (collectively hold a record of 24-41-11 to date this season). Pittsburgh is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, and are currently on a 2-game win streak.
  • Players to consider: Evan Rodrigues (30%), Kasperi Kapanen (15%), Jeff Carter (32%), Danton Heinen (3%).
Team Of Interest | Dallas Stars (Strength of Schedule: -2) 
  • The Dallas Stars are 9-1-0 in their last 10 GP, have a top 5 power play (26.2%), and are a top 8 team in goals-against at 2.64 GA/GP. They are also expecting Ben Bishop to return to the lineup in the near future; and have one of the best d-cores in the league. For next week, the Stars play St. Louis twice and Chicago once; not exactly favourable, but worth a look given their recent success.
  • Players to consider: Dennis Gurianov (12%), Jamie Benn (65%), Alexander Radulov (51%), Ryan Suter (25%), Esa Lindell (20%), Brayden Holtby (56%).
Team Of Interest | Philadelphia Flyers (Strength of Schedule: -39
  • Philadelphia is 0-8-2 in their last 10 games; and currently in the midst of a 6-game losing streak. However, the Flyers do have a favourable schedule next week with games against the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, and Ottawa Senators (collective record of 23-43-9). 
  • Players to consider: Travis Konecney (31%), Cam Atkinson (47%), Kevin Hayes (7%).
Teams With 2 Games: ANA, SJS
Team Of Interest | Anaheim Ducks (Strength of Schedule: -48) 
  • Anaheim plays two bottom-dwellers in the Seattle Kraken and Arizona Coyotes; whose collective record is 14-32-4. Given the recent performance of the Ducks top line, they may be worth targeting even with just 2 games on the schedule.
  • Players to consider: Trevor Zegras (61%), Rickard Rakell (33%), Sonny Milano (29%), Jamie Drysdale (34%), Cam Fowler (59%).  

 

Edge Work | NHL Week 10 Waiver Wire Targets

Waiver wire targets will be focused on players with ownership ~50% or less. 

Top Waiver Wire Targets

📈 Evan Rodrigues (C/RW), PIT | Rostered: 34% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.MTL, Vs.BUF, @NJD) | Line: 1 (w/ Crosby & Kapanen, PP1) 
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins have a great schedule for next week, and Evan Rodrigues has been playing mostly with Crosby and Guentzel (Kapanen takes his spot on the top line for the time being) at even strength. Rodrigues is currently on-pace for 60 points with 19 points (8 goals) in 26 games played. The Pens forward has been shooting a ton this year (3.4 SOG/GM), well above his career average of 2.1 SOG/GM; and his individual shooting %, 5V5 SH%, and secondary assists are all in-line with what we would expect from him. In fact, Rodrigues’ IPP is even a bit low, so we could see a bit more out of him moving forward. 
📈 Jordan Eberle (RW), SEA | Rostered: 33% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@SJS, @ANA, Vs.EDM, Vs.TOR) | Line: 1 (w/ Schwartz & Wennberg, PP1) 
  • Jordan Eberle has been great for the Kraken during the inaugural season, currently on-pace for 58 points with 17 points (12 goals) through 24 games. Eberle plays 4 games next week, plays top PP, and top-line minutes – give him a look for next week and beyond. Note, Eberle’s shooting percentage is quite high at 23.1%; his average over the past 3 seasons is 13.9%, so we will see a dip in goal-scoring at some point. However, his deployment should ensure that his offense doesn’t dry up completely. 
📈 Mats Zuccarello (RW), MIN | Rostered: 49% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.CAR, Vs.BUF, Vs.FLA) | Line: 1 (w/ Kaprizov & Hartman, PP1) 
  • Zuccarello is having a career season in Minnesota so far with 21 points (7 goals) in 20 games played. Better yet, the former Ranger has been glued to Kaprizov’s hip on the top line and top PP. There are no real concerns regarding the analytics, and given his plum assignment, his production should be somewhat sustainable. Hard to believe he’s still just 39% owned! 
📈 Eeli Tolvanen (RW), NSH | Rostered: 23% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.CGY, Vs.COL, @CHI, @CAR) | Line: (w/ Johansen & Kunin, PP1) 
  • Tolvanen has goals in 4 straight games, and played nearly 70% PP share in Friday’s game against the New Jersey Devils. Despite the low point totals to date, Tolvanen has been shooting considerably more this season (2.7 SOG/GM vs. 1.9 SOG/GM career); and his individual shooting % (6.9%) is well below his 3-year average of 11.7%. The other two numbers to note are his IPP which is low at 41.7%, and his secondary assist % which is also low at 20%. Expect more from Tolvanen moving forward, and with 4 games next week, he’s worth a stream. 
📈 Robbi Fabbri (RW), DET | Rostered: 7% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.NYI, @CAR, Vs.NJD) | Line: 1 (w/ Larkin & Raymond, PP1) 
  • With Bertuzzi in COVID protocol, Fabbri has been given an opportunity to play LW1 next to Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond, in addition to a spot on Detroit’s top power play. Fabbri has 7 points (5 goals) in his last 10 GP, and all of his underlying numbers suggest there is room for positive regression. Worth a look at least while Bertuzzi is out, possibly beyond. 
📈 Oliver Wahlstrom (RW), NYI | Rostered: 10% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@DET, Vs.Bos, Vs.VGK) | Line: 3 (w/ Bellows & Czarnik, PP1) 
  • It turns out that Oliver Wahlstrom just needed a shot on PP1 to get going offensively. In his last 4 games played, Wahlstrom has 6 points (3 goals), 3 PPP, and has seen 65.3% PP share in that time (2:50 PPTOI/GM). The 2018 1st rounder is still seeing the majority of his time on the third line, but ride the wave while you can (particularly in deep or keeper leagues). 
📈 Ondrej Kase (RW), TOR | Rostered: 6% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@EDM, @CGY, @VAN, @SEA) | Line: 1 (w/ Bunting & Matthews, PP1) 
  • Kase has 6 points (4 G) in his last 6 games, playing largely a 3rd line role with Kampf and Engval. However, with Mitch Marner on IR, Kase has been given time on PP1 the past couple of games; and he was seen practicing with Michael Bunting and Auston Matthews on the top line Friday. If that deployment sticks, Kase could be a great add for next week as the Leafs have a 4-game schedule that takes them through Western Canada and Seattle.  
📈 Logan O’Connor (RW), COL| Rostered: 13% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.NYR, @NSH, Vs.TB) | Line: 1 (w/ Landeskog & MacKinnon) 

O’Connor is another player that has really taken advantage of fantastic line placement/deployment; playing alongside Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon. Landeskog left Friday’s game with a lower body injury, so take those lineups with a grain of salt. 5 points  (2 goals) in his last 6 games, O’Connor is another good deep-league play or streamer for the upcoming week. 

📈 J.T. Compher (C/RW), COL | Rostered: 12% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.NYR, @NSH, Vs.TB) | Line: 2 (w/ Newhook & Aube-Kubel, PP2) 
  • J.T. Compher is back from injury, and with Nazem Kadri currently DTD he should provide fantasy value for the coming week. With another goal on Friday night against Detroit, Compher is currently on-pace for 63 points (10 Pts, 6 Goals in 13 GP). He played 3:36 PPTOI (62.4% PP share) and over 16 minutes alongside rookie Alex Newhook. 
📈 Jacob Slavin (D), CAR | Rostered: 47% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@MIN, Vs.DET, Vs.LAK, Vs.NSH) | Pair: 1 (w/ Cole, PP1) 
  • Jacob Slavin has 5 points (1 Goal) in his last 5 games, and has been playing some absolutely massive minutes for the Hurricanes. Slavin’s average time on ice over the past 4 games is 28:07, which includes a career-high 32:28 TOI in Thursday’s contest against Calgary! Better yet, over that same stretch of games, Slavin has 2 PPP playing 3:03 PPTOI (75.2% PP share). Individual SH% (1.9%) is lower than Slavin’s 3-year average of 3.4%, and all other analytics (5v5 SH%, Sec. Assist%, IPP) suggest we could see more from him. On-pace for 46 points, plays on an elite team, and plays 4 games next week!  
📈 Nicholas Hague (D), VGK | Rostered: 16% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@BOS, @NJD, @NYR, @NYI) | Pair: 1 (w/ Pietrangelo) 
  • Probably more of a deep league streamer, Nicholas Hague is on-pace for 38 points playing on the top pair with Alex Pietrangelo. In his past 5 games he has 3 assists and 21 SOG (4.2 SOG/GM), chips in with a few hits, blocks, and PIMS. In 75 minutes with Pietrangelo, that pair has a +4 goal differential and a 62.9 CF%. Limited upside, but he’s in a position to provide some fantasy value if you’re desperate for help on D.  
📈 Justin Faulk (D), STL | Rostered: 59% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@DAL, Vs.DAL, @WPG) | Pair: 1 (w/ Krug) 
  • Justin Faulk is currently in COVID protocol, although according to Left Wing Lock, he is expected to be removed within the next 24-36 hours. Before entering COVID protocol, Faulk had 5 points (2 Goals) in his previous 5 games, and played largely with Torey Krug on the team’s 2nd pair (57.14 GF%, 61.00 CF%, 60.34 SCF%). No PPTOI to speak of lately, but worth a look when he returns. 
📈 Noah Dobson (D), NYI | Rostered: 9% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (@DET, Vs.BOS, Vs.VGK) | Pair: (w/ Greene, PP1) 
  • Noah Dobson has 3 points (2 goals), in his last 4 games played, and has settled in as the top power play option for the Islanders (15% PP is currently 28th in the league). All of Dobson’s analytics are in-line with what we would expect, production does not appear to be boosted by luck or inflated metrics. Keep an eye on him. 
📈 Petr Mrazek (G), TOR | Rostered: 51% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (@EDM, @CGY, @VAN, @SEA) | Role: Tandem (0% Net Share)
  • Mrazek returned from injury on Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Jack Campbell has been so good this year that Mrazek will likely be used sparingly (barring injury); however, Mrazek makes for an excellent spot start when called upon. 
📈 Anthony Stolarz (G), ANA | Rostered: 22% (Yahoo) | GP: 2 (Vs.SEA, Vs.ARI) | Role: Backup (30% Net Share)
  • Anthony Stolarz owns a 5-2-1 record with 2 SO, to go along with a 2.26 GAA and .930 SV%. John Gibson is out with injury, and Stolarz is a great internal replacement option for as long as Gibson is injured. Anaheim plays just two games next week, but they have the best strength of schedule for next week.
📈 Pavel Francouz (G), COL | Rostered: 16% (Yahoo) | GP: 3 (Vs.NYR, @NSH, Vs.TB) | Role: Backup (0% Net Share)
  • Darcy Kuemper has always been an injury concern, so most fantasy managers looked at Pavel Francouz as a serviceable handcuff. Kuemper is back in the Avs lineup, but I would still look at Francouz as either a spot start or streaming option. 
📈 Tuuka Rask (G), BOS | Rostered: 22% (Yahoo) | GP: 4 (Vs.VGK, @NYI, @MTL, @OTT) | Role: Starter (0% Net Share)
  • Tuuka Rask has been spotted practicing with the team, but still does not have a contract with the team. Rask is still working his way back from hip surgery, but the expectation is that he could be able to return sometime in January. With Swayman waiver exempt, and Ullmark not exactly living up to expectations; fantasy managers should consider adding Rask now and stashing him for his inevitable return.  

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