Welcome to another edition of the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Report. The NHL season is in full swing, 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.


Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups

Nils Hoglander - Vancouver Canucks - Winger

Nils Hoglander only has nine goals on the season, but the kid has really found his game this season. He has three points in the last three games and is skating on a line with J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser. It’s also encouraging to see him playing over 15 minutes a night. In deeper formats, it’s worth taking a shot on a player that is seeing top-six minutes. If it doesn’t work out, you can drop him and look for another option.

Joe Veleno - Detroit Red Wings - Centre

With Dylan Larkin out of the lineup due to a head injury, Joe Veleno is moving up to the top line with Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane. He’s also expected to see time on the top power play unit. Veleno isn’t a name that’s going to blow you out of your seat, but we can’t ignore the opportunity he’s getting. He can easily add a few points to his total while he’s seeing the extra ice time. Don’t think of him as a permanent solution, but as someone who can patch a hole for however long Larkin is out.

Anthony Beauvillier - Chicago Blackhawks - Winger

I don’t love Anthony Beauvillier, but he’s getting a chance to skate on the top line with Connor Bedard and that is a good thing. Bedard is beyond talented and all Beauvillier has to do is go to the net with his stick down and good things will happen. We still need to temper our expectations because, it’s Chicago, but there is something to monitor here.

Simon Nemec - New Jersey Devils - Defence

Simon Nemec has a great rookie debut with two assists but has since cooled off. He’s not going to come into the league and take over, but the Devils need him to be an offensive presence with Dougie Hamilton out for a while. Nemec has also had some tough matchups, but the schedule does get a little easier this week. He’s playing close to 20 minutes a night, which isn’t terrible for a rookie. I don’t know how offensive he will be, but the fact that he’s on a team that can score goals is only good news.

Dustin Wolf - Calgary Flames - Goalie

Calgary is going to be without Jacob Markstorm for an extended period of time, so Dustin Wolf is going to get a chance to show the organization that he can be THAT guy. The kid has put up tremendous numbers in the AHL, but in the big league, he’s still trying to find his game. It’s a small sample size, but a 3.04 GAA and a .900 sV% in three starts isn’t great. It also doesn’t help that he plays for an underperforming team. All that being said, Wolf is the future of the franchise and it would be wise to see what he is made of. If he can get a couple of starts a week, then he should be on every fantasy owner’s radar.

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