The NHL world was hit with three major injuries last night. Superstars Taylor Hall, Johnny Gaudreau, and Steven Stamkos all will be spending significant time on the sideline
Not only is this a huge blow in the real world but also in the fantasy world. If you don’t find the right solution for these injuries, your fantasy season could be over.
I’m going to be taking at look at players to add from the injured players NHL team, basic waiver wire pickups, and deep wire pickups.
Sam Bennett – Calgary Flames
ESPN Owned Percentage: 36%
Bennett seems to be the guy stepping up as the replacement for Gaudreau. Coach Gulutzan has slotted the young forward onto the first line alongside Monahan and Brouwer, Bennett is going to be playing on the first powerplay unit too. The Flames forward has put together a half decent season so far, scoring seven points at almost the quarter way mark. Bennett definitely has the ability to put up good numbers in Gaudreau’s absent.
P.A. Parenteau – New Jersey Devils
ESPN Owned Percentage: 48%
Parenteau is not technically filling the missing hole that Taylor Hall has left but could be relied on more often. Like Sam Bennett, the Devils forward has seven points whilst playing on the first line with Taylor Hall. Now that Taylor is out, the Devils are going to need Parenteau to produce more for them which is not unreasonable. Whilst with the Maple Leafs last season, Parenteau racked up 20 goals along with 21 assists. These obviously aren’t mind-blowing numbers but he can be good enough for a short period of time in fantasy.
Jonathan Drouin – Tampa Bay Lightning
ESPN Owned Percentage: 69%
There two questions you might be asking yourself about Drouin.
- Isn’t Drouin injured?
- Isn’t his ownership a little high?
The answer to both of those questions is yes. However, Drouin is expected to return before the end of Tampa Bay’s five-game road trip, so not too far away. The majority of Drouin’s success in his young career has come without Stamkos anyways, shouldn’t expect to see a drop in his numbers. His ownership seems to be dropping week by week if you see that he is available in your league pick him up.
ESPN Owned Percentage: 51%
Much like my waiver wire article I wrote earlier this week, Wennberg makes the list. The talented Swedish forward is having a phenomenal season yet still only owned in just over half of leagues. In my opinion, he is the best player on the waivers, Wennberg is scoring at a top 20 pace right now and is somebody you’ll want to keep on your team even after the injured player’s return.
ESPN Owned Percentage: 45%
“I’ve never coached a kid that good this young” is how Mike Babcock described Mitch Marner. Marner has been exceptional this year, surprisingly, averaging just under a point per game player. He’s playing on the second line with JVR and Tyler Bozak, two veterans who have really helped Marner exceed expectations. I fully expect Marner to continue his good form for the near future if he does you should even consider trading him away to pick up a more experienced NHLer.
ESPN Owned Percentage: 5%
Another player from waiver wire pickups makes the list. Beleskey has not exactly had the hottest start to the season but it does seem like that he’s picking up form, scoring three points in his last six games. Since the recent improvement in form, Beleskey has seen an increase in playing time now playing 15 minutes a night. The Bruins forward is inconsistent but could a few more points to your team every week.
ESPN Owned Percentage: 7%
Byron has started out the season excellently! Currently ranked 24th among forwards on ESPN, he has scored 11 points and is playing top-six minutes beside Galchenyuk and Gallagher. Byron only had 18 points last season, we shouldn’t expect him to maintain this form for the whole season but if you want a short term solution then Byron is your answer.
With all these solutions, let’s keep in mind that the deep pickups are for 12 or more team leagues.
Hopefully one of these players can help you fill the void left on your team.