With the weather feeling more like winter these days (0 degrees in Minnesota today), hockey seems to come more to the forefront when I look through my fantasy applications in the morning. It also helps when you had a biblically bad season in fantasy football, but that's a topic for another time. It was another interesting week that saw the Islanders miss a few games due to COVID protocols, the Los Angeles Kings waiving a perfectly good defenseman, and some goon named Connor McDavid getting an ejection for boarding. All joking aside, we'll get into some interesting pieces that may be on the waiver wire, and who you might be able to stash as we get into the middle parts of the schedule. This week, we take a deeper examination on some peripheral stat guys who can help you out in ways that go beyond the score sheet. With a number of quality players available, our previous waiver targets are listed below again as well.
Sean Durzi (D-LAK) 10% Owned
Durzi seems to be the talk of the town this week in hockey and fantasy circles. He burst on to the scene a week ago with 4 points in three games for the Kings, but remained on the radar this past week when the Kings surprised the hockey world by waiving Kale Clague instead of simply returning Durzi to the minors when Drew Doughty returned. Clague was claimed a day later by the Montreal Canadiens. The Kings choosing to keep Durzi on the roster says a lot, and there's already quite a bit to like out of a kid who put up 16 points in 13 AHL games before posting 5 points in 6 games in his NHL debut. Though it remains to be seen how the pairings will shake out with everyone healthy, Durzi has been skating quite a bit on the man advantage, alternating between PP1 and PP2 in each of his games, despite only receiving third pairing minutes. As a guy who puts up peripheral stats (11 shots, 10 hits, 6 blocks), he can be a nice add, especially if he keeps producing on the PP.
Jaden Schwartz (W-SEA) 24% Owned
Coming off a bad season with St. Louis, Schwartz started his season with Seattle equally bad only four points and 13 shots in his first 9 games. In 13 games since then, he's played at a point per game pace with 43 shots and skating nearly 18 minutes per game. With his TOI trending upwards, and still skating on nearly 50% of Seattle's PP TOI, Schwartz is on pace for 64 points currently. I won't buy in at that level of production ROS, but Schwartz should be able to threaten 50 points again this season, especially since he hasn't yet gotten on a roll on the man advantage, while still hitting more than once per game.
Martin Fehervary (D-WSH) 8% Owned
This 22 year old rookie rear guard won't wow you with his offense, as he's compiled a mere 5 points in 26 games so far. What he will contribute is with his peripheral stats, as he's compiled 28 shots, 71 hits and 42 blocks. This puts him on pace for roughly 95 shots on goal, 225 hits, and 125 blocked shots. He's also a guy who plays on the penalty kill, and has a short-handed goal to his credit this year as well. His +8 makes him an attractive option in leagues that count +/- as well. If you're looking to fill some stats in a banger league, give him a look.
Erik Johnson (D-COL) 11% Owned
I didn't know if there would come a day where I would be talking about Erik Johnson again, but here we are. After battling injuries heavily during his 14 season career, Johnson is playing some of the best hockey of his career for the Avalanche. Though he won't skate the minutes or PP TOI he did in his prime, it's probably best for his health that he doesn't anyway. Johnson isn't the number one offensive contributor on anyone's fantasy blue line either, though 9 points in 22 games isn't a bad pace for the 34 year old. What he does provide is a lot of peripheral value with his 2 shots, 2 hits and 1.5 blocks per game. He also has a pair of short handed points and a +9 rating to his credit as well. If you're looking for value on the blue line, Johnson is a good bet.
Garnet Hathaway (W-WSH) 21% Owned
Hathaway has always been a solid contributor, but has taken it to another level this season as he's on track to set career highs in a few categories. Always known for his ability to lay the lumber, this season, he's also on pace to put up 20+ points, 50+ PIMs, 175 shots, and over 300 hits. This puts him in elite level company in banger leagues, as only Brady Tkachuk produces this level of shot volume and hits.