As fantasy owners get closer and closer towards their playoff run, the waiver wire becomes more and more crucial to success. So, the real question is, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and grab these players while they’re hot! And remember, even if you don’t necessarily need them, it is always good to add more depth to your roster.
Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado Avalanche: The saga is finally over. After experiencing contract disputes for the first few months of the season, O’Reilly is back with the Avs. The Calgary Flames offered him a two-year, $10 million offer, only to be matched by the Avalanche. Many fantasy owners have gotten sick of O’Reilly’s antics and dropped him. Take advantage of that and pick this guy up because he won’t be available for long. He is a terrific playmaker with a great hockey mind, insuring that points will be scored very often.
Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs: The fact that this kid isn’t owned in almost all leagues is insulting. I have been high on Kadri since the start of the season and on Thursday night, he proved why. Kadri notched his first career hat trick last night, putting his point total to 21 on the season, which leads the team. Kadri, an excellent passer, also leads the team in assists with 13. His plus-11 rating is also quite impressive, proving that he makes a positive impact when out on the ice. Kadri may only be on the third line, but expect that to change sooner rather than later.
Tomas Kopecky, Florida Panthers: Kopecky is beginning to come alive for the Panthers as of late. Over his last three games, he has posted five points, including a terrific hat trick effort on Tuesday night. He is seeing a healthy amount of power play time, especially with emerging rookie Jonathan Huberdeau. Kopecky has been solid this year with 13 points and that is without guys like Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss consistently in the lineup. He is pretty hot right now so he’s worth a look.
Slava Voynov, Los Angeles Kings: Voynov is an up-and-coming defenseman in this league, posting nine points in 18 games this season. His plus-12 rating is also appealing. Voynov is playing a tad under 22 minutes per contest and is seeing some decent power play time as well. For a blue-liner, Voynov also takes a decent amount of shots, coming in with 33 thus far.
Grant Clitsome, Winnipeg Jets: It appears that Clitsome has benefited the most from the injury to Tobias Enstrom, as he is currently riding a four-game point streak. Being paired on the team’s first unit with guys such as Dustin Byfuglien and red hot Andrew Ladd sure have helped his fantasy production. He may be worth a short-term pickup, just as long as Enstrom is sidelined.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy hockey/football columnist for Rant Sports.
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