Geek of the Week: Early November Waiver-Wire Considerations

Scott Royce


Hey everyone, happy to be back for another week of fantasy hockey discussion! Besides the Colorado/Columbus two-game set in Finland this week, it's pretty much been business as usual this week in the NHL. Tage Thompson owners had to have been happy Monday night when he erupted for three goals and three assists. He had been off to a slow start, so hopefully he can start getting back to where he was last season now. Meanwhile, in the Western Conference the Golden Knights have continued their dominance, having now collected seven straight wins. It's business as usual here as well, as we are going to check out a few players with low ownership that you might be able to scoop up in the upcoming days.

Jonathan Toews

In his 15th NHL season, Toews has been finding some early success having now scored seven goals and adding two assists to boot. Toews has had an illustrious career to this point, but the 34-year-old definitely saw a step back in production last season when he posted just 38 points over 71 games. Granted, this drop-off in stats also coincided with Chicago also seeing some major regression as a franchise, but it's not that much of a stretch to assume Toews' best hockey may have been in his rear-view mirror. 

After about a month into the season, Chicago has actually been half-decent. They certainly aren't world beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they are 5-5-2 through 12 games and could most certainly be doing much worse. It's early, and they still may be knocked down a peg, but for now they look okay, and Toews has been a major contributor. Although he finds himself on the second line and separated from longtime teammate Patrick Kane, he still is anchoring the top power-play unit. 

His seven goals are great, but it might be wise to tamper expectations a bit. He currently has a shooting percentage of 30%, which obviously is not sustainable. However, if he carries this momentum forward and stays confident, maybe he can find the back of the net at a decent rate. Aside from his offense, he won't bring much hitting or blocking to the table, and he also slightly below average in terms of shot rate. He has averaged 1.9 shots per game, which mirrors his shot rate from last season. Prior to that though, he shot more frequently, so there's always a chance his numbers could rise once more. 

If you are in a faceoffs league, Toews does bring a lot of extra value as he is a stud on draws. He is winning just under 60 percent of his faceoffs, which is a superb number. Chic