Lining Up: Waiver wire options to help with your playoff push

Ryan Sheppard

2021-04-06

With injuries across the league and numerous COVID cases coming up daily it seems, we are always going to be scouring the waiver wire to try and make up our missed games. As we are now on the stretch run of the season and pushing for the playoffs in head-to-head leagues, we cannot afford to leave any games on the table. We are going to focus on players that have been playing great over the last two weeks whether that is a new role at even strength or a bump in power play time. These players are all available in more than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues.

All stats have been taken from NaturalStatTrick, MoneyPuck or the NHL.

Alex Wennberg (13 percent Rostered on Yahoo)

Over the last two weeks, Alex Wennberg has five goals playing as the second-line center with Jonathan Huberdeau and Patric Hornqvist. He only has 10 shots, so this is an incredibly efficient shooting percentage that is far from sustainable. This line has a 53.78 Corsi For Percentage (CF%) at even strength this season, so even with the unsustainable shooting by Wennberg, the line has been generating opportunities. In addition, Wennberg is playing on the top power-play unit so given the opportunities, a 13 percent ownership on Yahoo seems way under what it should be.

Eeli Tolvanen (39 percent Rostered on Yahoo)

Eeli Tolvanen just sneaks under 40 percent ownership on Yahoo and it feels like his hype has been out there heading into every season and it is finally paying off. Due to some injuries, Tolvanen has slowly moved up the lineup. As the Nashville Predators started to see more injuries, suddenly Tolvanen was playing on the top line at even strength with Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson. Additionally, Tolvanen has secured a spot — for the time being — on the top power-play unit. The aforementioned line has only been together for 53:39 at even strength, but produced a favourable 53.41 CF%. As long as the Predators are hurting, I expect them to keep this line together.

Jason Robertson (33 percent Rostered on Yahoo)

Jason Robertson is quietly having an incredible rookie season. Although he did play three games in the NHL last season, this is his true rookie campaign and he’s been producing with 24 points in 31 games which puts him fourth on the team in points. However, since March 1st, Robertson actually leads the Dallas Stars in points with 18 — four more than Hintz. This former 2nd round pick has played most of the season with Roope Hintz and one of Denis Gurianov or Joe Pavelski at even strength. He’s receiving modest power play time wi