About a quarter way into the NHL season, injuries are ravaging rosters, players are starting to settle into their roles and chemistry is building among line mates. Now’s the time to jump on the waiver wire and grab these players.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire – Thursday November 19th
Artem Anisimov – C/LW – Chicago Blackhawks
Did you have cold feet at your draft and didn’t want to take Patrick Kane? Did you miss out on rookie phenom Artemi Panarin? Well, remove the “i” in Artemi and you can have Artem Anisimov. Anisimov is in a comfortable situation in Chicago. He’s slotted on the second line between Kane and Panarin while anchoring the top power play unit. Anisimov has picked up six points in his last five games while winning 127 draws. If he’s out there, go pick him up.
Leon Draisaitl – C/RW – Edmonton Oilers
There’s probably one person who deep down didn’t mind Connor McDavid going down with an injury. Leon Draisaitl. The Oilers top pick in the 2014 draft has been on fire since McDavid went down. The 20 year old German has been one of the few bright spots for the 6-12-1 Oilers. Draisaitl is only one of six plus players on Edmonton’s roster (7). He’s third in team scoring with 14 points in nine games, tied with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (who has played 9 more games) and seven points back of Taylor Hall who leads the team. Draisaitl is making the most of his shots (31.60 shooting %) and making the most of his opportunity.
Shayne Gostisbehere – D – Philadelphia Flyers
After you go through the trouble of phonetically saying his name out loud, you can go ahead and snag Gostisbehere off the waiver wire. Nicknamed “Ghost”, he’s been exactly what the Flyers were hoping he would be after being called up from Leigh Valley. Ghost has picked up points in each of his last two games (1G, 1A) while seeing his ice time climb as high as 19:40. Gostisbehere isn’t afraid to put the puck on net, averaging 3 SOG/g. He’s found a home on the top powerplay unit and should find a home on your team.
Melker Karlsson – C/RW – San Jose Sharks
Karlsson has been loving life with Joe squared on the top line (Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton). The 25 year old Swede has tickled the twine twice in his four games played this season while adding an assist. Karlsson is getting his shots (9) and hits (9) making him a valuable asset on your fantasy team.
James Reimer – G – Toronto Maple Leafs
Don’t look now. The Leafs are winning. Leaf fans can go ahead and thank James Reimer now. The 27 year old has established him self as head coach Mike Babcock’s go-to option between the pipes. Can you blame him? Reimer has been unbelievable. Since November 2nd (a span of seven games started), Reimer has only had one game with a GAA above 2.00. He’s faced an average of 39 shots per game (10 above the league average of 29 shots per game). The saves are great for you fantasy-wise & the added bonus of wins on a losing team (4 wins in his last 4 games started) is just the cherry on top.
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* All ownership and position eligibility based off of Yahoo Fantasy