- Three fantasy hockey waiver wire pickups to consider as the NHL calendar turns to November
- All three players are owned in 10% or fewer of Yahoo leagues
- Roll the dice on a top line player in Tampa, a top pick from the 2017 NHL Draft, and temporary starting goalie
We’ve moved on to November, and it might be time for you to move on from some early-season disappointments on your Fantasy Hockey squad.
Here are my three widely available fantasy hockey waiver wire pickups players to consider this week.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups Week 4
|Brandon Hagel||Tampa Bay Lightning||9%|
|Casey Mittelstadt||Buffalo Sabres||10%|
|Scott Wedgewood||Dallas Stars||8%|
Stats as of November 1st
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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickup #1 – Brandon Hagel
Brandon Hagel has been playing with Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov on the top line for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Enough said to be eligible as a Fantasy Hockey pickup. But still, let’s expand.
Over the past four games, Hagel has recorded three goals and three assists, and the trio combined for this beauty overtime winner Saturday against the San Jose Sharks.
CLUTCH. KUCH. 🥶
Nikita Kucherov ices the game for the @TBLightning in the final minute of regulation. pic.twitter.com/xGa31Nrwat
— NHL (@NHL) October 29, 2022
Hagel got off to a bit of a slow start in Tampa after being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks last season. Prior to the trade, however, he scored 21 goals in 55 games.
While it’s not guaranteed he’ll stick with Point and Kucherov, this is a player worth riding while this plum line assignment lasts.
If it does last. you’re going to regret a) not picking him up in fantasy and b) not putting some futures on his over/under point totals.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickup #2 – Casey Mittelstadt
It’s not a stretch to say Casey Mittelstadt hasn’t exactly popped after being selected 8th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2017. The 23-year-old might finally be hitting his stride, though.
The Buffalo Sabres are a bit of a surprise to begin the season and Mittelstadt is playing in the top six with Jack Quinn and Victor Oloffson. It’s a nice little trio so far.
According to @NatStatTrick Quinn-Mittelstadt-Olofsson had 8:24 together at 5-on-5 and were 91.4 percent CorsiFor (16-1) and 98.7 percent xGF
— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) October 30, 2022
Mittelstadr is also getting time in all situations and contributing on the scoresheet. Through nine games, he’s scored a goal and added six assists. Five of those helpers came on the man advantage, and the goal was scored shorthanded. He’s also quite skilled, as evidenced by that goal.
Casey Mittelstadt with a DIRTY backhand rip on the breakaway for a shorthanded goal!#LetsGoBuffalo pic.twitter.com/5WHK4eQU3v
— Hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) October 21, 2022
Mittelstadt is averaging just under two shots per game, and his 6.7% shooting success rate should rise a bit as well.
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickup #3 – Scott Wedgewood
This is more of a temporary pick, with Dallas Stars netminder Jake Oettinger ruled out at least a week with a lower-body injury.
Enter Scott Wedgewood.
A third-round pick in 2010, the 30-year-old was pencilled in as Oettinger’s backup this season, a decent option when the burgeoning superstar needed a break.
Wedgewood is coming off his busiest season, recording a .912 save percentage in 34 games split between the Stars and the Arizona Coyotes in 2021-22. It earned him the backup job in Dallas, and he’ll now have a chance to prove he can be more than that.
Luckily for the Stars, their schedule is pretty stretched and very playable (maybe except Oilers game) for the next 6 games.
Due to Oettinger’s injury, Scott Wedgewood will have an ideal chance to establish himself. They should aim for 8-9 points out of 12 here.#TexasHockey pic.twitter.com/vDxseNd8sa
— Juraj Kralik (JK) (@KralikJuraj) October 31, 2022
Game against Arizona and San Jose should be considered fairly safe bets this season, and the Stars certainly have the firepower up front to supper Wedgewood.
Wedgewood’s save perentage this season is only .880 but if you need help in net or are dealing with a goalie injury, he’s a good temporary Fantasy Hockey pickup with Oettinger is out.