Welcome to another edition of the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Report. The NHL season has just begun, which means we need to start looking at the waiver wire. This part of the year is critical to be able to claim players that might have been missed in drafts. Some of these players will help you win a championship, so make sure you aren’t asleep at the helm of your fantasy team. Let’s take a look at some players worth targeting this week.
Frank Vatrano - Anaheim Ducks - Centre/Winger
It’s been a fantastic start to the season for Frank Vatrrano. The Ducks winger has eight goals on the season and 29 shots on goal. He’s hot right now, so the wise thing to do would be to take advantage of this streak before he cools off. The Ducks are still a mediocre hockey team, so he’s going to cool off at some point. Vatrano could still be on the waiver wire in deeper formats, but he won’t be after this weekend.
Warren Foegele - Edmonton Oilers - Winger
The Edmonton Oilers are off to a rough start to the season, but Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are skating together again and Warren Foegele is joining them. He’s up to three goals in seven games this season, but his ice time is still well below 15-minutes. It’s hard to produce regularly when you aren’t seeing consistent ice time, but for now, Foegele is getting a look on the top line and that makes him a player to consider. He certainly can’t make your fantasy team any worse.
Alex Barre-Boulet - Tampa Bay Lightning - Centre
Alex Barre-Boulet is skating on the top line in Tampa Bay and has three points in the last three games. Like Foegele, his ice time is hovering around 13-minutes a game, but he’s still finding a way to get on the scoresheet. If he can hold down that spot and produce, then he’s a great addition in deeper formats where scoring is hard to find. He still only has centre eligibility, but that should change over the next week.
Justin Barron - Montreal Canadiens - Defence
Of all the Montreal Canadiens defencemen to choose from, Justin Barron is the one who sticks out. He has three goals in the last four games and is playing over 20-minutes a night regularly. The injury to David Savard has opened the door for Barron, but he is taking full advantage of it. He still looking for his first assist of the season, but right now, the kid is worth considering in deeper formats as long as he continues to produce.
Jake Allen - Montreal Canadiens - Goalie
Put some respect on Jake Allen’s name! The veteran netminder is now 3-0-1 on the season with a 2.63 GAA and a .930 SV%. The Montreal Canadiens are not great defensively-- giving up well over 35 shots on goal per game-- but Allen has stood his ground and is looking like an early candidate to take over the starting job. It’s a risk every time he goes out there because Montreal just can’t limit chances, but right now, there’s no reason a good with that kind of save percentage should be on the waiver wire. He should be 20% owned in Yahoo! leagues.