Top Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 3
Each week, we’ll be bringing you the best names to look for on your fantasy hockey waiver wire. Still being early in the season, there are lots of good names to pickup who are still owned in a relatively low percentage of leagues. Here’s who to look for and put a claim in on your fantasy hockey waiver wire pickups for week 3:
Onrej Palat – LW – Tampa Bay Lightning
If you’re in need of assists, Palat is the right way to look. The 27-year-old winger has an assist in five straight games, and should be a consistent source of points. The Lightning have one of the best offenses in the league, averaging exactly four goals per game, so Palat should have no trouble keeping up the production. He struggled with injuries last year but is finally healthy and should be good to go the rest of the way. He’s barely owned in any leagues, so you should be able to scoop him up with no issue.
Jonathan Drouin – C – Montreal Canadiens
Drouin might have the highest upside of any player on this list. He’s a former third overall pick, so he has a ton of natural talent. He scored a pair of goals in a game earlier this week, and is part of Montreal’s top power play unit. He also doesn’t face as much competition for scoring looks as some of these other guys do, and the volume should be there for him all season long.
Micheal Ferland – LW – Carolina Hurricanes
Ferland is my favorite add of the week. He’s gotten off to an absolutely amazing start, and is still owned in only 23.9 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. Ferland has scored in four straight games and now has six goals in nine games, with nine points total. He’s been a revelation and is scorching hot at the moment. He’s being force-fed in this offense, and should have tons of scoring opportunities moving forward.
Josh Morrissey – Winnipeg Jets
Morrissey is only owned in 17.5 percent of ESPN leagues, and is definitely the way to look if you need a defenseman. He’s playing as part of the top power-play unit, and he already has seven points this season. Three of his points have come on power-plays and he should continue to get lots of assists on those. He’s only 23 and has plenty of room to grow, and probably won’t be available in most leagues much longer.
Linus Ullmark – Buffalo Sabres
Ullmark has a ton of potential here. He’s only 25, and I think he should start getting a lot more playing time soon. Carter Hutton has been struggling big time for Buffalo, and Ullmark has only given up one goal in two starts. The Sabres won both games that Ullmark was in net for, and if Hutton continues to struggle, which I think he will, Ullmark should become the full time goalie before too long. Ullmark is only owned in 4.5 percent of ESPN leagues, and is a very sneaky pickup that could pay huge dividends later on in the season.