2013 Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: C Mathieu Perreault
After spending four underwhelming seasons in the Nation’s capital with the Washington Capitals, C Mathieu Perreault is finally getting some minutes with the Anaheim Ducks this year. The center is playing a career-high 14:04 minutes per contest and it is no coincidence that he is having the best fantasy hockey season of his life.
Through the first 17 games of the season, Perreault has shockingly scored five goals and added nine assists. He has racked up 14 points already, which is mind-boggling considering that he only totaled 17 points all of last season, but he has continued to put in quality shifts.
The 25-year-old has now added five points in the last five contests alone and has a rating of plus-7 over that stretch. He has anchored the team’s second line and has built a strong rapport with wingers Teemu Selannie and Devante Smith-Pelly. He should only get better as the young line gets more comfortable together.
Perreault sprained his wrist earlier in the year and the minor injury deterred many fantasy owners from adding him off the wire in standard leagues. He has shown lately that he is over his latest injury scare, though, and it is once again safe to add the middleman off the waiver wire.
Perreault is only owned in 49 % of CBS leagues and the center will be a great pickup at this point in the year. He is having a career campaign and a 50-point season is completely possible for the veteran.