Fantasy Hockey - Week 8 Waiver Wire

We're at the quarter pole in the fantasy hockey season, and we're continuing to see COVID have an impact on the NHL schedule, as the Islanders have also had games postponed due to league protocol. That won't stop the fantasy hockey season though, and we're here to provide some more names that can help you this week, and the weeks that follow. If you're looking for additional names on the waiver wire, check out the waiver wire report from the last couple weeks as many of these names can still be had and are producing.

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Week 6 Waiver Wire

Week 5 Waiver Wire

Oliver Kylington (D-CGY) 30% Owned

The Calgary Flames have been one of the most surprising teams in the NHL this season, and Oliver Kylington's evolution as a defenseman has taken the Flames to the next level. He has 13 points in 21 games so far this season, scoring at a 51 point pace. The most surprising part of that has been zero PP points thus far. Usually this is the product of a player having a hot month while skating with a scoring line, but Calgary has been strong offensively without key scorers on the ice as well. It's a surprising development from a young defenseman who appeared to have stalled in his development. While I'll hold off on crowning him a 50 point defenseman just yet, he has burgeoning offensive potential, and is tapping into it this year. Grab him while he's hot, as his peripheral stats are productive as well with a +10, while shooting 1.5 times per game, while registering a block and .5 hits on average.

Evan Rodrigues (C,W-PIT) 28% Owned

Rodrigues is a player we touched on in our week 3 article, but his continued presence for Pittsburgh is worth noting again. He's still skating 2 minutes a night with the extra man (47% PP usage), scoring at a 55 point pace, and averaging 3 shots and a hit per night. Normally skating with Jason Zucker and Kasperi Kapanen at even strength, it should be noted that he was on a line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel last night. No matter who he has skated with this season, Rodrigues has proven to be valuable to the Penguins, and to fantasy rosters.

Owen Tippett (W-FLA) 3% Owned

One of the developments from Saturday's schedule saw Owen Tippett get moved to the Panthers' PP1 unit. Indications from Monday's practice are that Tippett will get an extended look on the top unit in the wake of Aleksander Barkov's injury. Despite being on the third line, Tippet was still on pace for 40 points, 140 shots and 75 hits. With additional minutes and scoring opportunities, the young winger looks to be in for increased production, at least in the short term.

Andreas Johnsson (W-NJD) 17% Owned

We've written ad nauseam about Johnsson's pivot Dawson Mercer for dynasty purposes, but Johnsson and Jesper Bratt have been excelling on his wings as well. Johnsson and Bratt both have 17 points in 19 games, and are a combined +22. While the young winger is unlikely to continue shooting at nearly 27%, his strong chemistry with his linemates is undeniable, as he had four more points on Sunday while registering a +5 rating. Right now, any of these three are among the strongest plays on a nightly basis while they're red hot. If they're on your waiver wire, grab them and enjoy the production.

Arthur Kaliyev (W-LAK) 1% Owned

Let me start by saying that Kaliyev should largely be viewed as a prospect for the purposes of fantasy production for the rest of this season, albeit a highly regarded offensive prospect in his own right. That being said, there are a lot of positive signs that have Kaliyev pointing upward in the coming weeks and months. Despite spending most of his even strength time on the fourth line, with Brendan Lemieux no less, Kaliyev and his linemates have actually posted positive possession and shooting metrics. The knock on Arthur as a prospect was that he lacked motivation and a defensive game, but he seems to be improving these parts of his game on the fly, which could lead to better deployment down the road on a scoring line. Secondly, though he started the season on the team's second PP unit, over the last 3 games he has seen PP1 usage skating 75% of the Kings' time on the man attack, pushing his TOI up as well. While it might be best to take a wait and see approach in some formats, the time to get in is now in dynasty.

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