Fantasy Hockey - Week 21 Waiver Wire
Mikael Backlund, C/RW, Calgary Flames (20%) - Over the last seven games, Backlund has notched four goals and five assists with three of those points coming on the power play. During that seven game span, Backlund has averaged 17:00 plus minutes-per-game and is a plus-four. The C/RW eligible forward has four games in the upcoming week.
Week 21 Schedule: @BOS, @NSH, @TBL and @FLA.
Tyler Toffoli, LW/RW, Vancouver Canucks (41%) - Toffoli makes this week’s list because of his recent trade from the Kings to the Canucks on Monday. In a fresh start with a competing Canucks team, Toffoli played on the top line with Elias Peterson and J.T. Miller Wednesday night against the Wild, registering one assist and nearly 19:00 minutes of ice time.
Week 21 Schedule: @MON, @OTT, @TOR and @CBJ.
Kailer Yanamoto, RW, Edmonton Oilers (39%) - The former first rounder may have finally found his groove. Over the last month (11 games) Yamamoto has six goals, six assists, two power play goals and has a plus/minus rating of plus-five. Yamamoto is averaging north of 17:00 minutes-per-game and playing on the top power play unit. This is that savvy addition that pushes you into the playoffs.
Week 21 Schedule: @ANA, @VGK and vs. WPG.
Nate Schmidt, D, Vegas Golden Knights (16%) - Schmidt has registered two goals and four assists over his last six appearances. Schmidt has been logging an average of 20:00 minutes-per-game. Schmidt plays key minutes on the Golden Knights' power play unit, pitting a goal in his last outing.
Week 21 Schedule: vs. EDM, vs. BUF and vs. LAK.
Travis Sanhiem, D, Philadelphia Flyers (4%) - I know, 4-percent! But hear me out. Four assists and a steady plus-four rating. Sanhiem has seen a bump in ice time where he is playing more than 20:00 minutes a game. It’s not a sexy add but with the increased ice time and the steady play, Sanhiem could end up stealing you a week down the stretch.
Week 21 Schedule: vs. SJS, vs. NYR and @NYR.
Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kong’s (27%) - We’re not even going to get into Quick’s statistics as a reason to add him. With the NHL trade deadline looming Monday February 24th, I think Quick will get moved to a contender. He could also stay put with the Kings. However, a change of scenario could revive the once dominant net minder. Possible destinations include the Blue Jackets, Oilers and Canucks. Stay tuned!
Week 21 Schedule: vs. PIT, vs. NJD and @VGK.