Fantasy Hockey 2013: The Waiver Wire
With the 2013 NHL season marching along, fantasy hockey owners (intelligent ones anyway) are constantly surfing the waiver wire, looking to add depth to their roster. A handful of significant injuries are forcing fantasy owners to hit the waiver wire hard, so which players are worth grabbing?
Steve Sullivan, Phoenix Coyotes: One night removed from posting the eighth hat trick of his career, Sullivan responded with a one goal, one assist, two-point outing on Thursday night. The Coyotes need to find offensive production after losing veteran Ray Whitney and Sullivan may be just the guy to do it. He has four goals already this season and is seeing some work on the man advantage. The 38-year old is just one of the handful of veteran guys who still has something left in the tank and is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Minnesota Wild: Bouchard may be a high-risk, high-reward addition to fantasy rosters. He is playing on an all of a sudden offensive powerhouse in the Wild and is seeing added time on the powerplay. Clearly his history of injury is a concern, as he missed the last 41 games of last season due to a concussion. The 28-year old has suffered two serious concussions over the last four seasons. However, his upside is high seeing around seven minutes of power play time.
Michael Grabner, New York Islanders: While Grabner may have had a bit of a sophomore slump last season, he is off to a hot start in 2013. Grabner scored two goals on Thursday night, giving him three through three games. From an athleticism standpoint, I have always thought Grabner was top tier. He has tremendous speed and can stickhandle very well while skating at top speed. Based on skill level alone, Grabner easily has the potential to be a perennial 30-goal scorer.
Cory Conacher, Tampa Bay Lightning: While Vladimir Tarasenko is getting more recognition, a fellow rookie in Conacher is off to quite the start himself. Conacher has two goals and three assists through three contests. Not only is he developing great chemistry on a line with veteran Vincent Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell, but he is also seeing occasional minutes on the first line with Martin St. Louis and phenom Steven Stamkos. Grab him now while you still can.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football/hockey columnist for Rant Sports.
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