We’re just afraid the season will be two months old, but every week there are still some hidden gems to be found. Some familiar names mixed with new talent can be found in this week’s fantasy hockey waivers report.
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Week 8 Fantasy Hockey Waiver Thread
C / LW / RW Rickard Rakell, ANA (64% ownership): He was recently featured in the derogation report, but calmed down with a four-game drought. Rakell warms up again, but more so this time. He has a continuous six-game one-run streak in which he has accumulated five goals and seven assists. His last two outings have been three-point nights, giving him an impressive two points per game over the past two weeks. His production is not sustainable, but he could help your team before his score starts to revert to a more expected production. He has accumulated 19 points in 26 games this season.
C / LW / RW Yanni Gourde, TBL (38%): Gourde erupted with a four-point performance against Chicago on Sunday and has eight points in his last eight games. It’s easy to watch this game and take it as a fluke. While he surely doesn’t produce as much every night, he is able to pull it off. He plays on a line with Steven stamkos and Alex killorn, as well as getting time on the second power play unit. That’s a lot of talent to work with, and Gourde’s fantastic value increases as a result. He has 15 points in 24 games – a much better pace than 2019-20’s 30 points in 70 games.
LW / RW Brandon tanev, PIT (35%): Tanev is on a three-game point streak, collecting four assists along the way. He has accumulated 11 points in 25 games, which is the best offensive pace of his NHL career. Its greatest asset, however, is its strike. He threw 117 hits, the second most player count in the league. If you need to add more physicality to your scale that can contribute to secondary scoring, Tanev is a great choice.
C / LW Adrian kempe, LAK (35%): Kempe has accumulated seven points in his last five games, including a hat trick against the Ducks on Monday. He has scored 17 points in 24 games so far. He plays on the Kings best power play unit, generating 10 points on the man advantage. The 24-year-old is second on his team in terms of goals, so he will continue to have opportunities and be called upon for attack.
RW Eeli Tolvanen, NSH (35%): The 30th overall pick in the 2017 Draft has seen his expectations rise and fall dramatically over the years. He played three games in the 2017-18 season and four more in 2018-19 – scoring one goal and one assist. He didn’t make an appearance last season, but he eventually became a regular at the Nashville roster. In 17 games, he has accumulated eight points, 29 shots, 29 hits, averaging 13:38 ice time per game. He played in the team’s best power play unit, scoring four goals and two assists. The rookie has points in three straight games and could easily fly under the radar in your league.
C / LW Scott Laughton, PHI (34%): Laughton scored his first career hat trick just over a month ago and then was sidelined for the next 20 days. Since returning, he has accumulated five points in seven appearances, four of which have scored in his last four games. In total, he has 14 points in 20 games, with a plus-8 rating and 65 hits. He is scoring at the fastest pace of his career, which allows him to score 57 points on a full 82-game schedule.
re Kevin shattenkirk, ANA (39%): Shattenkirk has just achieved a back-to-back two-point performance. With 10 points in 26 outings, his production has fallen from last year’s pace (34 points in 70 games). This is to be expected when leaving Tampa Bay for Anaheim. It also means he counts more now, as his average ice time went from 6:54 p.m. to 10:05 p.m. last year. His PIM (16), hits (29), and blocks (32) will increase with more ice time, but his plus-minus suffers. He plays in the Ducks’ best power play unit, where he had three points. The aforementioned Rakell is on the same unit, maybe you could pull the two of the waiver thread and have them feed each other.
g Brian Elliott, PHI (43%): Elliott is having his best season since leaving the Blues five years ago. He’s 7-2-0 with a 2.29 GAA, .919 save percentage and a pair of shutouts. It surpasses Carter Hart in almost all categories. Hart was expected to be the clear No.1, but his struggles open the door for Elliott. Hart got the hook after allowing three goals on eight shots against the Sabers on Tuesday night. Elliott came on for relief and ended the contest with a comeback victory. Don’t overlook the 35-year-old Guardian, as his value may continue to rise over the next few weeks.
Also check out last week’s Fantasy Hockey waiver thread to see if any of these options are still available.
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