Prospects Rambling: Waivers, Prospects and Fantasy Hockey

Peter Harling


Olli Juolevi of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

It’s that time of the year, teams are making some cuts and some tough choices as rosters trim down. There are a lot of factors that go into the decisions as to what players are assigned to what teams; performance is a key factor, but not the only one. Players with junior eligibility, waiver exempt and European options are all important pieces of the puzzle. Players that can play in junior get their contract to slide, meaning it does not count against the 50 player contract limit. Same thing for players in Europe, meaning the team retains their rights but can play other options on their AHL farm team. What this all means to fantasy keeper leagues is players assigned to junior or Europe are essentially gone for the season and will not be able to contribute to your teams this year at all.

Players that have aged out of junior and are on their ELC are minor eligible and do not need to pass through waivers to move between the NHL and the AHL. These players may be called up to the NHL at any point during the season and returned any number of times. Just because a prospect starts his pro career in the AHL doesn’t mean he won’t play in the NHL at some point that season, think Thomas Chabot. 

Where you run into trouble is when players that are waiver eligible that clear waivers are less likely to return because they need to pass through waivers again. For a more detailed breakdown of the waiver rules Cap Friendly has a helpful Waiver FAQ page.

If you own a prospect and want to know if he is waiver exempt there is a tool for that on Cap Friendly

How does this apply to players on waivers over the past few days?

All players on waivers yesterday have cleared including goalie Jared Coreau

Here is the list of players on waivers today:

Let’s look at some of the big names on that list

Malcolm Subban BOS a 2012 first round has had his struggles. He had a few looks in the NHL and has not looked good. His AHL career has been ok, not bad, not great. The word is he has played well at Bruins camp but ultimately lost out on the backup role and now the team risks losing him for nothing. Given Coreau cleared waivers yesterday my guess is Subban also clears and will play the year on Providence again

Kerby Rychel, TOR is a prospect that in my opinion is highly overrated. Rychel is the son of former NHL player and Windsor Spitfires GM Warren Rychel. Kerby had a great junior career and is a big, strong winger with a heavy shot. Rychel led the Marlies in scoring last year with 19 goals and 52 points in 73 games, but his skating and acceleration are not at NHL level and I suspect he also clears waivers.

Don’t count on any of these players to be claimed and chances of seeing any of these players in the NHL this year are not good…

Looking beyond the waiver wire there are some more prospects of note.

Top prospects being assigned to the AHL include Thomas Chabot (OTT) Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM