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.


Jakub Vrana - St. Louis Blues - Winger

Since joining the St. Louis Blues, Jakub Vrana has two goals and 14 shots on goal in four games. We know that he has a ton of skill, but for whatever reason, he just didn’t find his place in Detroit. Now he’s on a bad St. Louis team and is getting a chance to see quality minutes. There’s a ton of upside here for Vrana and for fantasy owners as long as he stays in the top six. 

Barrett Hayton - Arizona Coyotes - Center

I don’t know what Barrett Hayton has been eating over the last two weeks, but it’s turned him into a goal-scoring machine. The Arizona centerman has three goals and five assists in the last five games, including four against Minnesota on Sunday. We know the Coyotes are a mess of a franchise, but Hayton has been red hot of late and he’s entering the conversation as a player who needs to be on a fantasy roster down the stretch. He’s going to cool off at some point, but right now, he should be owned in deeper formats. 

Tyler Bertuzzi - Boston Bruins - Winger

Tyler Bertuzzi only has one point since joining the Boston Bruins, but he’s seeing over 16 minutes of ice time and is playing on the second line with some pretty good players. With Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno out of the lineup, Bertuzzi was brought into Boston to contribute, and he’s capable of doing so. The Bruins are elite in every offensive category, so it’s only a matter of time before Bertuzzi starts to rack up some points. I’m willing to take a risk on him in deeper formats. 

Rasmus Sandin - Washington Capitals - Defence

It’s amazing what a little confidence will do for a player. Since being traded from Toronto to Washington, Rasmus Sandin has a goal and seven assists in four games. He’s finished with three assists in two of those contests and is playing well over 24 minutes a night. Sandin has a ton of skill, but for whatever reason, the Leafs just didn’t give him the ice time or consistent playing time. Now he’s in Washington and he’s producing on an elite level. That might change should John Carlson make a return to the lineup at some point, but for now, the young defenseman needs to be on EVERY fantasy hockey team. 


Cam Fowler - Anaheim Ducks - Defence

Cam Fowler continues to be a defenseman that provides a limited amount of fantasy value. He doesn’t shoot the puck much, doesn’t block shots and doesn’t get too many power play points, but he has seven assists in the last five games, which is better than nothing. His upside will always be limited considering the team he plays for but in leagues where points matter, he a nice depth add. He’s still going to see a ton of minutes every night, so, at some point, he’s going to be able to get better in those other categories, right?

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