Welcome to another edition of the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Report. The only way to win a championship in any fantasy league is to be active on the waiver wire. If you aren’t checking the wire at least once a week, then you’re doing it wrong. Each week, we’ll look at some players you should be adding to your watch list, or adding right away. Let’s take a look at who we are keeping an eye on for this week.
Jack Quinn - Buffalo Sabres - Winger
With Alex Tuch out of the lineup, Jack Quinn has moved up to the top line and has looked really good. The kid can score goals, but now that he’s playing with Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner, I expect him to get even more opportunities to find the back of the net. He isn’t playing over 15 minutes a night, so that does limit his upside, but he’s 10% owned in Yahoo! leagues and is a great addition to a fantasy team that needs some scoring depth.
Nino Niederreiter - Winnipeg Jets - Winger
Nino Niedetteiter has found a new home in Winnipeg and could be a real force down the stretch. He can definitely shoot the puck and score goals, but he’s now playing with some talented players who can give him the puck. Winnipeg needs him to contribute offensively and I expect that to be the case. He played over 20 minutes last game against Edmonton and has two assists since joining his new squad.
Jakob Pelletier - Calgary Flames - Winger
Jakob Pelletier is a young player with a ton of skill, but that hasn’t translated to NHL success just yet. He’s skating in the top six with Nazem Kadri and Jonathan Huberdeau, so he’s going to get his chances to shoot the puck and score goals. His ice time has been steady, but he isn’t seeing much power play time. The kid is too good to not score goals, so one has to believe that if he keeps playing the way that he does, the puck will eventually find the back of the net. Calgary is a team that shoots the puck a ton and if Pelletier can continue to see top-six minutes, I like his chances to be productive down the stretch.
Jonathan Quick - Vegas Golden Knights - Goalie
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired Jonathan Quick at the trade deadline and are hoping for him to play a big role for them as they continue to make a push for a playoff spot. The veteran netminder has struggled this season, but he didn’t come to Vegas to sit on the bench and do nothing. Logan Thompson is on IR and we don’t know when he’s going to be ready to come back, so Quick will have a chance to see significant playing time if he can turn back the clock. In the right matchup, he could be serviceable for fantasy teams that need some goaltending depth.
Dmitry Orlov - Boston Bruins - Defence
Since joining the Boston Bruins, Dmitry Orlov just can’t stop racking up points. He has nine points in the last four games and continues to see a healthy amount of ice time. He’s not going to keep this offensive pace up, but he’s hot right now, so he should be on every fantasy hockey team, even in shallow leagues. We know he can block shots, so at worst, he can still help you in that category down the stretch once the points go away.
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