Fantasy Hockey - Week 20 Waiver Wire

Week 20 is here - the playoff race is shaping up in most of our leagues, and some of us are selling off assets for the future, or trying to make the most of the last couple weeks before the playoffs. Emerging from the "Olympic Break," the NHL will be resuming more of a normal schedule, but it's still worth monitoring which teams play more in any given week to try and sneak in some extra starts against your opponent. After a layoff last week while we got the forum and the podcast added to the website, this week we're back with a couple forwards worth taking a look at and some goalie situations that are up in the air.

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Frederick Gaudreau (C-MIN) 3% Rostered

Much has been made of the success that the line of Mats Zuccarello, Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek have had this year, but don't sleep on this second line. Gaudreau is the lucky pivot who's been reaping the benefits of the chemistry found between Matthew Boldy and Kevin Fiala. The journeyman has never had more than ten points before this year, but has 20 points in 41 games so far, and nine points in his last ten games with the pair on his wings. This has seen his TOI climb to 16 minutes per game this year, and he has produced with the opportunity too, seeing the first meaningful powerplay time of his career. Though his peripheral numbers aren't that great, he can be a cheap addition in points leagues as long as he has some talented wings around him. He also is a nice source of faceoff production with a win percentage more than 50%.

Casey Mittelstadt (C-BUF) 2% Rostered

Before the start of the season, Mittelstadt looked like the odds on favorite to take the first line center role and run with it after scoring 17 points in 22 games to end last season. After an injury in the first game of the season, he missed quite a bit of time and Tage Thompson emerged as the first line center for the Sabres. Injured again at the end of January, and the young pivot has only appeared in 9 games so far this year. It looks like the Sabres are giving him every chance to run with the second line center role and compete against Dylan Cozens for the role though - in his second game back he saw 18 minutes of ice time 50% of the PP time for Buffalo and cashed in with his second assist of the season. Mittelstadt has lost much of the hype that he once possessed, but we saw his scoring upside at work last season. Approaching his breakout threshold this season, he's a guy to keep on the radar given the ice time that he's being rewarded with in his few appearances this season.

Joe Snively (W-WSH) 0% Rostered

Snively is not a name many could have picked out of a lineup at the start of the year, and at 26 years old probably wouldn't have cracked the lineup without COVID protocols. The late bloomer is succeeding in limited opportunities this year though, and is worth keeping on your radar while he retains a spot in the lineup. With seven points in nine games this season, the undersized winger is starting to see opportunities on the powerplay, and found the back of the net for a tally against Philly last Thursday. He doesn't give you any peripheral production, but in points leagues he may be worth the deeper dive, especially if he continues to find time with Nik Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov down the stretch.

Andrew Hammond (G-MTL) 5% Rostered

With all the problems that Montreal has had this season, you might be surprised to see Hammond on the list. After a trade from Minnesota brought him to Montreal, he was forced into immediate action with Carey Price and Jake Allen on the shelf, an injury to Sam Montembeault, and Cayden Primeau showing he needed more experience. Enter Hammond who earned a win on Sunday over the New York Islanders in a shootout with 30 saves on 32 shots. It remains to be seen how the goaltending situation will shake up going forward, but Hammond could be the 1B piece in Montreal for the foreseeable future, and Montembeault hasn't done much to show that he deserves to be the 1A.

Logan Thompson (G-VGK) 1% Rostered

In his third career game, Thompson made 35 saves on 36 shots on Sunday to lead Vegas to a victory over San Jose. Rumors have been circling that Robin Lehner could be out for a while and that he has a torn labrum. Vegas still has Laurent Brossoit on the roster, and he's been more than a serviceable backup this season, but it certainly appears that there may be a path to playing time for the rookie netminder down the stretch. We've also seen the way some goalie situations have played out this season with injury, Montreal and Columbus being the latest examples. Thompson is worth a flier, especially if we find out more on Lehner's injury situation in the coming days.

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