Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Week 9
We’ve just about reached the halfway point of the 2022-23 fantasy hockey season, and there are still some fantastic players available on the waiver wire that could improve your team.
Dylan Cozens, Nicholas Paul, Sean Durzi and Filip Hronek are among the players you should be targeting this week.
Let’s dive into these players you should add in week 9.
Dylan Cozens, F, Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres have been much more competitive this season, and a big reason for that has been the leap of 21-year-old forward Dylan Cozens.
Cozens has broken out in his third year. He’s on pace to shatter his career highs in goals (13) and points (38). In 26 games, Cozens has 10 goals and 17 assists, with eight points on the power play.
Cozens has nine points in his last three games and is averaging 2.2 fantasy points per game. Cozens is available in 55% of leagues, add him to your squad before your league mates realize how well he has been performing.
Nicholas Paul, F, Tampa Bay Lightning
After performing well after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Ottawa Senators, the Lightning rewarded Nicholas Paul with a seven-year, $22.05-million contract. In his first full season, Paul has not disappointed.
Through 25 games, Paul has 11 goals and seven assists. He has also gotten on the defensive stat sheet with 48 hits and 21 blocked shots
Paul has certainly benefited from playing alongside future Hall of Famer Steven Stamkos in the top six and should continue to produce on both sides of the ice, so give him an add.
Sean Durzi, D, Los Angeles Kings
At the start of the season, the Kings' defenseman to add was Matt Roy; now it’s Sean Durzi.
Durzi has been an excellent two-way defender this season. Through 25 games, Durzi has four goals and 14 assists, including nine points on the power play. On the defensive end, Durzi has 44 blocked shots and 36 hits.
Durzi has been averaging 2.2 fantasy points per game and has given consistent fantasy production, so add him to your squad.
Filip Hronek, D, Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings are currently sitting third in the Atlantic Division and a key reason for that is the emergence of third-year defenseman Filip Hronek.
Through 25 games, Hronek has six goals and 18 assists; 10 of those points have come on the man advantage. Hronek has still contributed defensively, with 36 hits and 21 blocked shots.
Hronek is still available in over 33% of leagues despite averaging nearly a point a game and 2.2 fantasy points per game as a defenseman. Make the no-brainer decision and add Hronek to your squad.
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