Fantasy Hockey 2013-14: Waiver Wire Update 12/31
Waiver Wire Adds and Trends in Fantasy Hockey This Week
December 31, 2013
It’s been pretty busy in the NHL recently, and all that action has brought some interesting players to the forefront of the fantasy hockey world. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players who are trending out there on the waiver wire and try to get a feel for whether or not they can help your fantasy team moving forward.
Jaden Schwartz, C/LW, St. Louis Blues: Schwartz has been a real blessing for the Blues since Alexander Steen was diagnosed with a concussion a few days back. Over the past nine games, Schwartz has seven goals and three assists, and he’s riding a five-game points streak.
The youngster has been a hot pickup in fantasy recently, and he’ll remain that way for the foreseeable future. If Schwartz is still available in your league, snatch him up. The Blues are in Minnesota tonight.
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Reilly Smith, LW, Boston Bruins: Smith is another name you shouldn’t hesitate to pounce on if he’s still out there on your league’s waiver wire. He’s been carrying his team offensively, with 14 goals and 16 assists on the year. The plus-7 rating doesn’t hurt, either.
Smith has been solid in recent games, posting eight goals and three assists in his last 10 appearances. He’s got the full confidence of the coaching staff, and should remain a key part of Boston’s plans. The Bruins are at home against the Islanders this evening.
Mats Zuccarello, RW, New York Rangers: Even though he was dealing with the flu over the weekend. Zuccarello still managed to post a goal and a pair of assists against the Lightning on Sunday. That gives him three scores and five helpers in his last eight games.
Zuccarello and the Rangers will have a pretty busy week ahead. They’re down in Florida to take on the Panthers tonight, then they’ll head to Pittsburgh Friday and Toronto on Saturday.
Tyler Bozak, C, Toronto Maple Leafs: Even if you had Bozak in your lineup over the weekend, you probably didn’t put him in for Sunday’s game against the Hurricanes. If that was the case, you missed out on a trio of assists in his return from an oblique muscle injury. He’d previously been out since Dec. 3.
It’ll take a few more weeks to really figure out what we’ve got in Bozak; He’s only played in 16 games so far (four goals; seven assists). Still, if your league is on the deeper side you’ll probably want to make a move sooner rather than later.
Brian Elliott, G, St. Louis Blues: Speaking of speculative adds, Elliott fits that bill. He’s been on quite a roll lately, racking up wins in his last two appearances to climb to 9-1-2 on the season. He’s sporting a 2.04 GAA with a .919 save percentage, and his teammates are providing enough offense to keep him in the win column.
Elliott is gaining favor in St. Louis, but for now he’s still just a plug-in situation. That said, he could start overtaking Jaroslav Halak for starts, and you’ll want to be ahead of the curve when and if that happens.
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