Fantasy hockey waiver thread for NHL week 7
The injuries around the league are starting to pile up. You might need to replace a player as a result, or you might be looking to hook a player up as they quit fantasy hockey before they have a blast. Either way, here are some players who can help your fantasy hockey team.
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Week 7 Fantasy Hockey Waiver Thread
Seth Jarvis, C / RW, Carolina Hurricanes (45% enrolled)
The 13th overall pick of 2020 doesn’t just play in a deep Hurricanes team, but he plays on the front row. In 10 games, he has scored four goals and two assists, including a four-game streak with at least one point. Playing that 10th game means he’s here to stay, as it activates the first year of his entry-level contract. Playing with talents like Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen gives Jarvis a chance to thrive offensively. Jarvis will also compete in other categories with his 20 shots on goal, five hits, five blocks and a plus-4 rating. He’s an easy pick to claim on the waiver as long as he stays in the Canes’ top six with some power play time.
Tage Thompson, C / RW, Buffalo Sabers (32% enrolled)
With Casey Mittelstadt still on the sidelines and Jack Eichel out of sight, Thompson finds himself in the center of the Sabers’ front row. There were concerns about Thompson as he was limited to one game in 2019-20. He returned in 2020-21 and scored 14 points in 38 outings. This year he has already nearly matched that total, scoring eight goals and 13 points in 18 games. He averages 17:42 of ice time, an increase of almost four minutes from last year. Given a bigger role, including a place in the best power-play unit, this is shaping up to be a groundbreaking campaign for Thompson.
Alex Barre-Boulet, C, Tampa Bay Lightning (20% registered)
The Lightning were already without Nikita Kucherov, but they just lost Brayden Point for at least the following month. This gives Barre-Boulet a hit for a top six role and power play minutes. His overall ice time is not very high, just averaging over 11 minutes per game. But he has goals in consecutive games and plays on a line with Steven Stamkos. That alone is reason enough to tear it from the thread of renunciation in moderate to deep leagues.
Philip Broberg, D, Edmonton Oilers (29% registered)
The 8th overall pick in the 2019 Draft has just two career NHL games to his name. He collected an assist in his first game and saw his ice time drop from 2:24 to 6:59 in the second game. He took six shots on goal and posted two PIMs with a minus-1 rating. Its peripherals don’t stand out, but it’s still very early days. The Oilers will miss Darnell Nurse for at least two weeks. Slater Koekkoek is also out and Duncan Keith left Tuesday’s game earlier. Edmonton’s blue line injuries will mean Broberg will be more invoked. It’s a bet worth it until the team is healthy. There are a lot of talented forwards in Edmonton who can help Broberg gain value in fantasy hockey.
Kyle Capobianco, D, Arizona Coyotes (13% enrolled)
It is difficult to target Coyotes players given their disastrous start to the season. However, Capobianco has been a beacon of hope for the club. He has two goals and two assists in five appearances. Two of those points were generated by the power play, while another was a winning goal in overtime. Speaking of wins, the Coyotes have done a lot more since he was inserted into the roster. Arizona have just four wins this season, but three of them come from Capobianco’s five games, while the other two have been one-goal losses. The team was more competitive with him in training, and he could have a similar effect on your fantasy team.
Stuart Skinner, G, Edmonton Oilers (40% registered)
With Mike Smith sidelined, Skinner was called up to share the crease with Mikko Koskinen. Skinner is 2-3-0 with an average of 2.44 and a save percentage of .928. He’s just suffered a loss in which he allowed four goals conceded, but he’s shown he’s capable of more. His previous two games were wins, one being a 46-save effort in a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Skinner only has seven games of NHL experience, but he has a good chance of winning whenever he backs Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
Daniel Vladar, G, Calgary Flames (35% enrolled)
In five appearances, Vladar has an impressive 4-0-1 record. That comes with a GAA of 1.57 and a save percentage of .946, both good for second place in the league. His last two starts have been 4-0 shutout wins, including one over his former Boston Bruins. He’s stuck behind Jacob Markstrom, but when Vladar gets the crease he’s been rock solid. The Flames have been incredibly stingy on defense, allowing just 38 goals in 20 games. Of the team’s 12 wins, seven of them have been shutouts. With shutouts always a tough category to win, having a Flames goaltender is sure to give you a big chance.
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