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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Week 2


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The first week of the NHL season has ended, which has given players the opportunity to show what they have. Assuming someone in your league picks up Tyler Bertuzzi after his four-goal performance, you better not wait while the others make their mark. So begins the rush for everyone to try and claim the best of the fantasy hockey waiver thread before they are gone.


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Week 2 Fantasy Hockey waiver thread

Before

C / RW Jordan Kyrou, STL (68% registered): It’s been a popular claim on the waiver thread, but it might not be too late to hook it in your league. He got off to an electric start with two goals and four assists in two outings. He plays in the Blues’ top six on a row with Brayden Schenn and new addition Pavel Buchnevich. Kyrou had his first breakthrough as a full-time player in the NHL last season when he played 55 games, scoring 35 points. The 23-year-old shows he has more to give. The Blues have a lot of good forwards, but there is a chance Kyrou will become the best fantasy player by the end of the season.

LW Michael Bunting, TOR (52%): Bunting quietly produced 10 goals and three assists in 21 games at the end of last season for the Arizona Coyotes. That made him an interesting signing for the Maple Leafs and immediately led me to designate him as a late-round draft target. He had a hat trick early in the preseason, helping him gain the confidence of the coaching staff. He plays on a line with John Tavares and William Nylander. Bunting is surrounded by talent and is making the most of it so far. In four games, he scored two goals, one assist, eight hits and 14 shots.

LW / RW Brandon Tanev, MER (51%): Selected from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the expansion draft, Tanev was drafted for his energy. In five games with the Seattle Kraken, he has nine PIMs and 13 hits. You can count on him to arrange the body regularly. Last year, he racked up 139 hits in just 32 games. He’s just played his 300th career NHL game and has three hits under 1,000 career hits. There’s a good chance he’ll reach that milestone in his next game. Oh, and he can score too, because he has three goals this season, tied for most of his team.

C / RW Danton Heinen, PIT (29%): After scoring 47 points in his 2017-18 rookie campaign with the Boston Bruins, Heinen has seen his fantasy value plummet every year. Last season he had just 14 points while playing for the Anaheim Ducks. However, it seems he has found a new life in Pittsburgh. Heinen has scored one goal in each of his first three games. He plays on the front row and gets minutes on the secondary power play. His role may diminish when Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust return. On the other hand, having this talent on the ice could further increase his fantasy value. Either way, it’s worth picking up a flyer for now.

C / LW Derick Brassard, PHI (10%): Armband is no longer a 60-point player, but he can still add value in deeper leagues. He has one goal and two assists in two games, as well as four hits and a plus-2 rating. He plays on the second line of the Flyers with Joel Farabee and Cam Atkinson. Armband could be a good option until Kevin Hayes comes back from injury to reclaim the middle place of the second line.

Defense

Dr. Ryan Graves, NJD (35%): Acquired from the Colorado Avalanche during the offseason, Graves got off to a great start as a Devil. He made two clashes, getting three assists, six hits, five blocks and a plus-7 rating. He plays in top pair with Dougie Hamilton and averages over 23 minutes of ice time. Graves has averaged 19 minutes per game in each of the past two seasons. If he can keep gaining an extra four minutes per game, that will surely help him deliver more fantastic value, especially with more hits and blocks.

Guardians

G Braden Holtby, DAL (42%): Dallas started the year with plenty of question marks at the net. Anton Khudobin and Jake Oettinger were the duo last year. Ben Bishop is still injured and it is not known if he will return. The Stars cluttered things up more and signed Holtby, which surprised some, including me. I thought that meant Holtby would be the substitute or the third string, but so far he’s been the No.1 goalie in Dallas. He has started three of the team’s four games. He left the first game due to dehydration, but he looked good in every appearance. He’s 1-1-0 with a 1.75 GAA and .947 save percentage. The Stars are stingy on defense and will help Holtby return to his previous form after a few tough seasons. If he can continue to win starts, he’s easily worth getting caught by the waiver thread.

If you’ve enjoyed Brandon’s fantasy hockey waiver thread, you’ll also want to check out Mark Hillier’s Week 2 goalie feeds!


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