Welcome to the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Report! The waiver wire is key to winning. It helps you improve on the team you drafted, and to help patch holes when players go down due to injury. It’s something most managers will monitor daily. Let’s take a look at who we should be adding this week.

If you are looking for up-to-date information about players on the COVID-19 protocol this, you can find it here.

Alex Tuch - Buffalo Sabres - Winger

Alec Tuch is ready to make his season debut! After offseason shoulder surgery, the New York native is ready to play his first game in a Sabres uniform. It’s too early to say what we should expect from Tuch, but he’s going to see a lot of ice time, and that should translate into points. He’s 17% owned in Yahoo! leagues, so if he’s still available, it would be wise to add him.

Lars Eller - Washington Capitals - Center

With Evgeni Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom out of the lineup due to COVID-19, Lars Eller has found his way onto the top line. He played over 23-minutes in Sunday’s game against Los Angeles, and while I don’t expect himt to play that much every game, a boost in ice time will certainly help him rack up more points. This isn’t a long-term solution, but for fantasy owners desperate for players to add to their roster, Eller is as good as it gets.

Kasperi Kapanen - Pittsburgh Penguins - Winger

With Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust still out of the lineup, Kasperi Kapanen has moved up to the top line and top power play unit. The Penguins haven’t had any of their games postponed (yet), and Kapanen is seeing a decent amount of ice time. It’s up to him to make the most of it, but playing with Sidney Crosby is never a bad thing. He’s another player who is widely available across most platforms. 

Jake Oettinger - Dallas Stars - Goalie

With Ben Bishop officially retired and Anton Khudobin in the minors, Jake Oettinger now has a real chance at winning the starting goalie job. He still has Braden Holtby to deal with-- who’s been surprisingly good this season-- but we know that Oettinger is the future, and that Stars are going to give him more ice time. He needs to play well to take over the starting job, and I fully believe that with the team in front of him, he can do it. He’s 53% owned in Yahoo! leagues, so there is a chance that he’s just hanging out on the waiver wire. 

Sean Durzi - Los Angeles Kings - Defence

We’ve already talked about Sean Durzi in a previous waiver wire article, but with Drew Doughty out of the lineup due to COVID-19, it’s time we focus our attention on him again. He has 11 blocked shots over the last three games and is regularly playing over 22-minutes a night. He’s also seeing top power play minutes, which is a nice boost to his value. Durzi value is tied to Doughty being out of the lineup, so if he’s available on the waiver wire, it would be a good idea to scoop him up.


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