Waiver Wired is back! The last edition of this column came back on March 8, 2020. Without further delay, let's get into it.
Joel Farabee jumped to being rostered in 46% of Yahoo leagues following his four-point performance in Philadelphia’s season opener. He was quiet in the second game, but remans in a good spot as a top-six forward on the team. Alex Killorn (38%), Clayton Keller (34%) and Kevin Hayes (34%) should be scooped up immediately if they are available in your league, but they won’t be featured here because their roster percentage is higher than I typically highlight. Brandon Tanev (34%) and Jonathan Drouin (30%) also missed the cut, but are they are worthy of your consideration as well.
Alexandar Georgiev (NY Rangers) - G - Rostered in 26% of Yahoo leagues
Georgiev blanked the New York Islanders on Saturday with 23 saves. Coach David Quinn said going into the year that the Rangers would use both goaltenders. The team believes that Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin are both No. 1 caliber and they are both going to get their fair share of starts during the truncated season. Georgiev could make for a solid addition, especially if you already have Shesterkin.
Pavel Buchnevich (NY Rangers) - RW - Rostered in 23% of Yahoo leagues
Buchnevich and the Rangers were held in check by the Islanders in their season opener, but broke through on Saturday. He scored a pair of goals on five shots, while adding one assist, two hits and one block. Buchnevich was on pace for a career year in 2019-20 with 16 goals and 46 points through 68 games. He has meshed well with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, making him a solid pickup for the short- and long-term.
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Conor Garland (Arizona) - LW, RW - Rostered in 21% of Yahoo leagues
Garland’s hot start has made him a popular addition on the waiver wire to start the season, but he is still available in the majority of leagues. He has collected one goal, two assists and nine shots through two games. Garland led the Coyotes with 22 goals last season and he has picked up where he left off, while earning a larger role on the team.
Robert Thomas (St. Louis) - C, RW - Rostered in 20% of Yahoo leagues
Thomas was widely considered to be a breakout candidate going into the 2020-21 season and he showed why with two assists in the team’s season opener on goals by Oskar Sundqvist. He has started the year as the second-line center of the Blues and is currently playing between talented wingers Mike Hoffman and Jaden Schwartz. The trio was shut out on Friday, but they have plenty of long-term fantasy appeal. They could get the ball rolling this coming week with two games against San Jose and one versus Los Angeles.
Paul Stastny (Winnipeg) - C - Rostered in 18% of Yahoo leagues
Stastny is worthy of a flier at the very least going into what is going to be a busy week for the Jets when the team plays a league-high five times. He occupies a spot on the second line with valuable wingers Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine. Stastny didn’t post a point in his season debut, but he was credited with three shots on goal and it should only be a matter of time before he gets going.
Nils Hoglander (Vancouver) - LW - Rostered in 15% of Yahoo leagues
Hoglander has been held off the scoresheet for two straight games after scoring a goal in his NHL debut. Still, he has collected seven shots and four blocks during his first three contests with the Canucks. The 20-year-old forward has been skating on the second line with Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson. Hoglander has also been utilized on the top power-play unit because of the absence of J.T. Miller. He has plenty of short-term upside due to the increased roles and could be a long-term fit if he starts to contribute more consistently.
Adam Boqvist (Chicago) - D - Rostered in 14% of Yahoo leagues
Boqvist has registered a power-play assist in each of Chicago’s first two games of the season. He hasn’t been credited with a shot on goal yet and has a minus-2 rating, but quarterbacking the top power-play unit of the Blackhawks makes him an intriguing option. Chicago has three games scheduled for this coming week with one contest versus Florida and two against Detroit. The Panthers ranked 20th on the penalty kill last season, while the Red Wings were 31st overall in 2019-20.
Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay) - C, RW - Rostered in 12% of Yahoo leagues
Johnson has been on waivers twice since the Lightning won the Stanley Cup and he didn’t get to play in Tampa Bay’s season opener because he was on the taxi squad. However, he is expected to be with the team the rest of the way unless a trade suddenly materializes. Johnson posted an assist, one shot and one hit in his 2021 debut on Friday against Chicago. He skated on the second line with Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn. He is expected to be highly motivated and could have a very good season as a result.
Oskar Lindblom (Philadelphia) - LW - Rostered in 12% of Yahoo leagues
Lindblom has two goals, four shots, four blocks and four hits in two games to start the 2020-21 campaign. He has appeared on Waiver Wired in the past and he is back to being a key member of Philadelphia’s offense following his battle with Ewing's sarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer. He has been skating alongside Travis Konecny at even strength. They lost Sean Couturier to injury, but that won’t hurt his fantasy outlook very much. Lindblolm’s scoring and category coverage make him a very good roster choice.
Jeff Carter (Los Angeles) - C, LW - Rostered in 7% of Yahoo leagues
Carter has had a productive start to the 2020-21 season with one goal and three assists in two games. He generated a multi-point performance in both outings, while supplying 11 shots on goal, one hit and two blocks. The 36-year-old forward is healthy again following an extended off-season and he has been clicking with Andreas Athanasiou and Blake Lizotte on the second line of the Kings.