This edition of the Fantasy Hockey waiver thread was not originally intended to be geared so heavily towards players in the Pacific Division. Maybe lower expectations for their teams’ place in the standings put them through the cracks as they have been very impressive at the start of the season.
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Week 4 Fantasy Hockey waiver thread
RW Troy Terry, ANA (58% enrolled): Terry is on an incredible run right now. He’s on a nine-game streak with at least one point where he’s amassed seven goals and five assists. His career high is 20 points, which he reached in 48 games last year. Considering he’s already more than halfway there, it’s shaping up to be a breakout season for the 24-year-old. Terry plays on Anaheim’s front row and best power play unit, being an offensive driver for the team. There is no way he will be left on the renunciation thread.
C / LW JT Compher, COL (50%): Compher has four goals and four assists in eight games. They are tied for second in points among Avalanche players, however, this is in part because their first line has missed two games so far. All of Compher’s points were scored in pairs, so while he’s not consistent, he scores in groups. He averages 19:35 of ice time per game, which is over five more minutes from last year’s total. He also gets nearly four minutes a night on the power play, where he scored three of his points. Compher also has a shorthanded run, as well as seven hits and six blocks. He does this at both ends of the rink. Colorado have lost some depth in the offseason, so it looks like the club will rely more on Compher.
LW Alex Iafallo, LAK (43%): Iafallo is leading a three-game streak with at least three goals and two assists. With eight points in nine games in the campaign, he is well on his way to a career year, his previous career high being 43 points. Will he continue to score at his current pace? No, but he could push for 50 points or more. After Anze Kopitar’s 13 points, Iafallo was the next biggest offensive threat for the Kings. He averages three shots per game and averages one hit per game.
C / LW Adam Henrique, ANA (41%): The second duck on the list. Normally the Ducks struggle to score, but this year’s team is showing they have more to give, at least for now. Henrique also plays on Anaheim’s first row, but on the second power play unit. He has four goals and five assists in 11 games, including three points generated by the power play. With 28 shots on goal, six hits and 11 blocks, he will participate in some peripheral categories.
Dr. Kale Clague, LAK (18%): With Drew Doughty out for about eight weeks and Sean Walker finished for the season, there are a few holes in the Kings’ defense. Clague, a 2016 second round selection, jumped at the chance. He’s played around 19 minutes in each of his two appearances so far, including 10 minutes of power play time in both competitions. He’s part of the top power-play unit and has scored two power-play assists. Keep an eye out for Clague to see if this rollout continues. It’s worth claiming the waiver thread in the deeper leagues, but could very well see his percentage skyrocket if he maintains that success.
Dr. Oliver Kylington, CGY (11%): Kylington is on a four-game streak with at least one point that saw him record one goal and four assists. He only had one point in eight games last year, and he’s never gone over eight points in a season. At five points already, he is bound to overcome that with ease. The 24-year-old averages 15:39 of ice time. He is given more responsibility, as he previously averaged 13:05 per game. In an expanded role, Kylington’s fantastic value will increase, although he is likely only a target in the deeper leagues.
G James Reimer, SJS (32%): Reimer and Adin Hill form the tandem in San Jose, where every goaltender could end up starting half of the games this year. At least, that’s what it seemed to be at first. Reimer was impressive and might be able to steal a few starts at Hill. Reimer is 3-1-0, 1.54 GAA and .950 save percentage. He is third in the league in each respective category. Many pundits didn’t expect the Sharks to be competitive, but Reimer proves the skeptics wrong and offers some great, fantastic value.
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