2013 Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Outlook for Week 8
The fantasy graveyard is a fun place to go digging. The waiver wire will always have the usual players ripe for picking, but the fantasy graveyard gives (re)birth to players that belong, or no longer belong six feet under on waivers.
This week there are a few players that appear to have returned from the (fantasy) dead.
Mats Zuccarello– New York Rangers (Owned in 70% of leagues): Zuccarello has been a hot-and-cold player since his well documented entrance into the NHL in 2010. John Tortorella was apprehensive when deploying the smallish skater while in New York, but new head coach Alain Vigneault has stuck with him. Mats is potting .5 points per game and is shooting like his life depends on it. His ice time has climbed rapidly since the beginning of November.
Alex Killorn – Tampa Bay Lightning (47%): By not adding Killorn, you are refusing to field the best team you can. The 24-year old scored two goals this week after going without one for four games. His ice time is his only issue, but the points are there. Killorn is on pace for a 60 point season. Stop holding on to bums you drafted and add players that are contributing now.
David Legwand– Nashville Predators (40%): The Predators’ first ever draft pick has been an unsexy fantasy player his entire career. That being said, unsexy does not mean unproductive. Legwand is averaging .5 points, .5 penalty minutes, and two shots per game for his career.
Mathieu Perreault– Anaheim Ducks (37%): The Ducks have a nice stable of centers. Mathieu Perrault will lose ice time because of that, but his production makes him hard to ignore on a team that has been able to score. A number of players on Anaheim are also posting great plus/minus stats in limited minutes (Dustin Penner). In a spot start/injury replacement situation, Perrault is a good add.
Kris Versteeg– Chicago Blackhawks (31%): A trade out of Florida is enough to make any player smile, but a trade back to the team in which you played your best will put a smile on anyone’s face. Versteeg is back in his third line role in Chicago. He will play on the power play and penalty kill, which is more than fellow checking forward Andrew Shaw will. Shaw has been a nice addition to fantasy benches, but if you have a roster spot for one or the other, choose Versteeg.
Jan Hejda– Colorado Avalanche (55%): Hejda looked dead to rights in Denver last season, but the coaching change has benefitted the Prague native more than anyone on the Avs not named Varlamov. If your team is hurting for plus/minus players, Hejda is a perfect add and will not hurt your playing time. His scoring is sporadic but won’t hurt when it does show up.
Jake Muzzin– Los Angeles Kings (50%): A brief trip to the minors has done Muzzin a world of good. 10 points in 16 games is great for any skater and adding that to your defense could prove to be worth it if Muzzin can score 30-40 by season’s end. He won’t play 20 minutes per game, but with other blueliners like Torey Krug gracing fantasy lineups without strong minutes means Jake Muzzin should be on your fantasy radar.
Derek Morris– Phoenix Coyotes (24%): Morris is expected to return this Thursday after a seven game absence with a lower body injury. He had 10 points in 14 games prior to his injury. He is a must-own until he stops scoring.
Tom Gilbert– Florida Panthers (5%): A Florida Panther that needs to be added? The hell, Jeff? Gilbert has a goose egg in the goals column, but he has seven assists and is averaging a solid 21:33 per game. Fun stat: Gilbert has not been a minus player since October 27.
Robin Lehner– Ottawa Senators (50%): The young netminder is getting starts. Craig Anderson is playing pretty mediocre hockey, which means that Lehner will get every opportunity to make the starting situation a split one in Canada’s capital. If you do decide to play Lehner, pick your starts wisely.
Ilya Bryzgalov– Edmonton Oilers (10%): If you would rather start Devan Dubnyk at this point, your name is Dallas Eakins and no other. Once “Bryz” is in optimum playing shape, he will be the starter in Edmonton.