NHL Fantasy: Top early-season waiver wire adds for 2022–23

Fantasy hockey is well underway and managers have been able to see how their team is performing so far. Additionally, fantasy managers have also got the chance to see what more their team might need. The waiver is already showing some good value, so let’s take a look at some potential additions that might help your team.

Waiver wire additions currently available

There are a bunch of players who are already making a bit impact in real life, but are hardly owned in fantasy leagues.

Dawson Mercer – NJD – C, RW

Despite the goaltending, the Devils have actually been playing extremely well. At 5v5, they lead the league in xGF% with a nice 69%, and are second in CF% with 64%. The skill is definitely there for the Devils, and they have shown that they are not shy to place Mercer in the top-six as a right-wing, giving him exposure to one of Nico Hiscier and Jack Hughes.

Mercer currently has four points in his last seven games; however, the former 18th overall pick could be a very valuable addition to your team if he gets the opportunity up the lineup. Dawson Mercer is 20% owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Dillon Dube – CGY – LW, RW

Earlier in the season, I stated that Dillon Dube is a player to put on your watchlist. Now, it is time to add him to your lineup. The Mangiapane – Kadri – Dube line has not stopped clicking and are the Flames best line so far this season. Dube has four points in six games and has never looked better. Dube’s ownership percentage is still criminally low at just 4%, but it is only a matter of time before it shoots up and fantasy owners start to take notice. Don’t let yourself be the fantasy manager who has to explain to the group how you would’ve, could’ve, should’ve picked up Dube but missed out.

Jamie Oleksiak – SEA – D

In some leagues, hits and blocks are just as important as points. If you need both hits and blocks, look no further than Jamie Oleksiak, who seems to love filling those categories. Through nine games, Oleksiak has racked up 28 hits and 17 blocks. So far Oleksiak has been reliable in filling the stat sheet. Being able to solve the need for both hits and blocks through one player addition is too good to pass up on.

Keeping an eye on the waiver wire

During the early part of the season is where the best sleepers are added to teams. During this time, keep a very close eye on the waiver wire and your watchlist to make sure you don’t miss out on potential diamonds in the rough. Getting potential breakout stars when they’re still available can payoff for weeks and weeks down the line.

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