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.
Morgan Frost -Philadelphia Flyers - Center
With Kevin Hayes in John Tortorella’s dog house, Morgan Frost has gotten the opportunity to center the top line and the experiment has gone well. He has eight points in the last seven games and is consistently playing over 16 minutes a night. He’s also found a home on the top power play unit. Philadelphia is a bad hockey team, but Frost is an offensive player who can distribute the puck well, so his opportunities to rack up points are there. He doesn’t shoot the puck a ton, so he’s not going to score consistently like he is now, but he’s 4% owned in Yahoo! leagues and could help quite a few fantasy hockey teams.
Kent Johnson - Columbus Blue Jackets - Winger
The Columbus Blue Jackets are a terrible hockey team, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some players who are fantasy worthy. Kent Johnson has moved to center on the top line and has played over 18 minutes in the last three games. In those games, he’s found the back of the net twice. Playing with Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine will lead to score chances, and once Yahoo! catches on, he will have triple-position eligibility (LW, RW, C). Columbus has lost six in a row and nine of their last 11, so Johnson is going to be playing a ton because they will need him to score goals. I don’t know how good he’s going to be in the second half of the season, but I like the upside.
Daniel Sprong - Seattle Kraken - Winger
It’s unusual to target a player on the fourth line in fantasy hockey, but Daniel Sprong has been pretty decent of late, scoring four goals and 12 shots on goal in the last four games. He’s seeing time on the top power-play unit, which has led to the increase in goals. His ice time is still under 12 minutes per game, so this hot streak won’t last forever. For now, he can be a nice short-term solution in deeper formats.
Lukas Dostal - Anaheim Ducks - Goaltender
Before you close the web page and call me crazy, just hear me out. Lukas Dostal is a rookie goalie on the worst team in the league, but he’s good at stopping pucks. You can’t fault him for giving up three or four goals a game when he’s facing over 40 shots a night. In his last four starts, he’s faced 41 shots or more in each of those games while giving up just over three goals in one of those games. Despite his goals against average being over 3.00 in that span, his SV% is .925%. The kid is capable of stopping pucks, but his team is just leaving him out to dry every night. It’s a miracle that his SV% is as high as it is when you take everything into consideration. He’s not going to win a lot of games and his goals against is going to be up there, but in leagues where saves are counted, he’s gold. He’s 5% owned in Yahoo! leagues and should be on most fantasy teams because there’s no way John Gibson holds onto his starting role once he returns from injury.
Cam Fowler - Anaheim Ducks - Defenceman
Yes, another Ducks player in fantasy hockey. There is no team in the NHL worse than Anaheim. They are last in every offensive category, so why are we looking at Cam Fowler? For starters, he’s the best defenceman on the team. He’s the quarterback on the top power play unit and he’s capable of shooting the puck. He hasn’t done the last part consistently this season, but that’s more due to the fact that he’s team never has the puck and the man advantage is just horrendous. The upside here is that he’s going to play a lot, so good things usually happen when you’re on the ice a lot.