The NHL is back to a relatively normal schedule this week and that means yet another fantasy hockey waiver wire article with teams to stream and best pickups off of waivers for week 16! The heavier slates are on Tuesday (11 games), Thursday (9), and Saturday (11), leaving the typical Monday (4), Wednesday (5), Friday (8), and Sunday (2) as the lighter slates. Filling your lineup on those lighter nights will help you get an edge on your opponent.
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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Week 16: Teams to Stream
The Toronto Maple Leafs are buzzing and they’re the only team to play on all four light nights this week — which is a rare occurrence. The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders also play four times this week, including thrice on those lighter nights. Those are the three teams we’ll be keying in on here.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Week 16: Best Adds Off Waivers
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs’ stars — Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, John Tavares, and Morgan Reilly — are all rostered in over 90% of leagues. Hell, even Michael Bunting is only available in a third of Yahoo! leagues — pick him up if he’s available in yours. We’ll have to dig deep to find some viable options here.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Forwards
Calle Jarnkrok (C, W – 7% Rostered)
Jarnkrok currently plays decent minutes in all situations for the Leafs. He’s on the second line with Tavares and Marner as well as the second power-play unit and he gets time on the penalty kill. The veteran forward won’t light the scoreboard on fire — his career high is 35 points — but he does have 22 points (10 G, 12 A) in 40 games this season, including 16 points in his last 19 games.
Jarnkrok should be able to give you a few points this week given his schedule and usage.
Pierre Engvall (W, 1% Rostered)
This one is a stretch. Engvall plays on the second power-play unit with Bunting and Jarnkrok, so he might pick up a point here or there. However, he only has 17 points in 45 games this season after putting up 35 points in 78 games last year.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Defensemen
Mark Giordano (D – 17% Rostered)
Giordano is on a bit of a hot streak with points in three straight games. The veteran defenseman plays on the second pair and top penalty kill unit. He’ll pick up some shots and blocks, and hopefully, he can keep up his hot stretch as the Leafs head into a homestand.
Fantasy Hockey Waivers: Best Pickups Off Waiver Wire
Columbus Blue Jackets
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Forward
Boone Jenner (C – 30% Rostered)
Jenner, when healthy, has been a solid contributor for Columbus. He has 23 points (12 G, 11 A) in 35 games after putting up 44 points in 59 games last season — that’s a total of 67 points in 94 games.
The centerman only has one goal in five games since returning after missing a month but that should change as things move along. He’s the Blue Jackets’ top-line center and plays on the top power-play unit as well.
Jack Roslovic (C – 5% Rostered)
The second-line center has Laine as his right winger and plays on both special teams units as well. Roslovic is hot with six points (one goal, five assists) during his five-game point streak.
Gustav Nyquist (W, 3% Rostered)
Nyquist finishes out the line with Roslovic and Laine. He had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s win against the Sharks and now has four points in his last four games. A four-game week would be a great time for Nyquist to stay hot.
Fantasy Hockey Waivers: Best Pickups & Adds
New York Islanders
The Islanders are the third and final team playing a total of four times with three or more games on lighter nights this week. They’re not known for their offensive firepower but there are some players worth looking at this week.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Forward
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (C – 25% Rostered)
Pageau plays on the third line at even strength but moves up to the top power-play unit. He has three assists in his last five games and should see those points keep coming.
I’m cheating a bit with Lee available in less than half of leagues, but he
The journeyman has settled in a bit in Chicago. He’s playing on the top line and has 30 points in his first 41 games. Domi has been solid over the past month or so with 10 points in his last 11 games.
Anthony Beauvillier (W – 1% Rostered)
Beauvillier was once a solid under-the-radar fantasy hockey opetion but now he’s available in nearly all of leagues. The winger is getting a crack on the top line and the second power-play unit while looking to break through. He has 19 points (9 G, 10 A) in 45 games this season.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Defenseman
Scott Mayfield (D – 4% Rostered)
Mayfield plays well over 20 minutes a night — over 22, even — while anchoring the top pair with Noah Dobson. He’ll never be the offensive dynamo that his partner is, but Mayfield is a solid depth option that already has 100 blocks and 64 hits in 48 games this season.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups: Goalie
Semyon Varlamov (G – 34% Rostered)
Ilya Sorokin has rightfully taken the starting job on Long Island, but Varlamov is right there as a solid backup. He should get a home start against either Detroit or Vegas this week so he’ll have a chance to get a w and rack up some points for you.
Fantasy Hockey Waivers: Teams to stream
The Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, and New York Rangers all play thrice on lighter nights this week.
New York Rangers