Fantasy Hockey - Christmas Vacation Waiver Wire

The last week has seen COVID get the best of our major sports leagues. Unfortunately, this has led to most of the action in the NHL happening off the ice, as the virus has effectively ground the NHL season to a halt with one game yesterday, and one game tonight (Lightning vs. Golden Knights) before the league shuts down for the rest of the week. When the NHL resumes it's schedule next week, hopefully we see the schedule resume its normal course, but perhaps the NHL will begin to fine tune some of the protocols that have proven to be troublesome over the last couple of weeks. With that in mind, here's who's worth adding off of the waiver wires.

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A Good Medical Staff (DAL, MIN, TBL, VGK)

With only two games of consequence for the next week, this one is a little bit of a light-hearted play on the COVID situation in the NHL right now. It's incredibly unfortunate that this virus has impacted multiple seasons to the degree that it has, and we can only hope that more vigilant monitoring of protocols can deter more complicated situations from arising as they did last year.

Brandon Hagel (W-CHI) 3% Rostered

This is a guy who's been on my radar the last couple weeks, mostly because he's been playing with the few playmakers that Chicago has had on its roster. Recently Hagel has been skating with on of Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane, but has also been promoted to the Blackhawks' top PP unit as well, while earning more than 18 minutes of ice time a night over the last week. Though he doesn't do much in the way of peripheral stats, he can be a good source of production on the score sheet while he continues to skate with some of the best offensive talents that Chicago has. With 5 points in his last 4 games, this can be a nice addition to your roster over the next couple weeks.

Colton Sissons (C, W-NSH) 5% Rostered

Here's a name that has looked nice over the last couple weeks with the number of Predators that have entered COVID protocol. He's also a name that isn't likely to continue his current production or standing on the top line for long. Still, with 6 points in his last 4 games, he can be a nice addition while trying to replace as much production as possible due to postponements. Over the last three games, Sissons has been on the ice nearly 24 minutes a night, and has racked up more than three minutes of PP time per game during that stretch. Sissons also has the added value of contributing to a couple of other categories other than the score sheet, averaging nearly two hits per game as well as accruing blocks. Strike while the iron is hot here, but be ready to jump off when he drops back down the lineup card.

Alexandre Carrier (D-NSH) 1% Owned

For the next name on the list, we don't have to leave Nashville. The 25 year old rookie might be worth a stash in deeper leagues and dynasty leagues where he has been a solid presence on the Predators' blue line this season with 12 points in 27 games, and on pace for 36. Though he doesn't shoot or hit much, he's putting up a block and a half per game, and skate on both the PP2 and penalty kill giving him a boost in leagues that reward special teams points. He also has a +11 and nearly a PIM per game, giving him additional value in leagues that count these values as well. 30 points would be a nice showing in his rookie campaign, and his ceiling is a bit capped with Nashville having more pure playmakers on the blue line for the time being.

Petr Mrazek (G-TOR) 45% Owned

Mrazek was put into COVID protocol today, but saw his first start since October last weekend, and could be in line for a larger workload down the stretch. Jack Campbell was one of the best goalies in the league at the start of the season, but has struggled down the stretch allowing three goals or more in 4 of his last 5 outings. Mrazek didn't exactly set the world on fire, allowing 4 goals against the Blackhawks in his start, but simply being healthy will put him in a position to get you some wins over the coming weeks. Mrazek has had a habit for finding the IR in the past, but can be a good source of goalie stats with a strong team in front of him.

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