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Fantasy Hockey 2013-14: Waiver Wire Update 10/24

Checking out the hot trends on the fantasy hockey waiver wire this week

October 24, 2013

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It’s Thursday; time once again for our weekly look at the fantasy hockey waiver wire. We’re heading into a busy evening in the NHL, so you should be able to get some use out of these guys in the immediate future. Let’s take a closer look at the trending players out there and see if anyone’s right for your roster.

Frans Nielsen, C, New York Islanders: Nielsen is probably the hottest name on the waiver wire right now, and it’s easy to see why. He’s been cooking lately, with four goals and two assists in his last five games. That gives him a grand total of five scores and six helpers so far, and the plus-5 rating doesn’t hurt matters, either. Nielsen may not be able to keep up this pace, but finishing with a high-teens goal tally and assists somewhere in the 30s seems to be a conservative estimate.

Fantasy Hockey 2013-14: Waiver Wire Update 10/24

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Kevin Bieksa, D, Vancouver Canucks: Bieksa hasn’t posted any goals yet, but that’s about the only thing he hasn’t done. He has five assists so far, which looks pretty nice next to his plus-10 rating. He’s getting loads of ice time (low-to-mid-20s) and should get plenty of opportunities to continue posting stats. Bieksa has some pretty good value, especially in multiple-category fantasy leagues that reward hits and blocks.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G, Colorado Avalanche: Giguere is likely the most-added goalie over the past couple of days, thanks to his great start to the season. He’s already recorded two shutouts in his three appearances, and has a 3-0 record to show for it. Giguere is still firmly entrenched as the backup in Colorado behind Semyon Varlamov, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the workload balanced a little more in Giguere’s favor in the near future.

Josh Harding, G, Minnesota Wild: If you’re in need of a more regular starter, Harding is your guy right now. He’s rocking a 4-2-1 record so far, with more than one goal allowed in just one game. That works out to a .953 save percentage and a 0.93 GAA. His actual save numbers aren’t huge, but that doesn’t diminish his value. Harding and the Wild will see the Hurricanes at home tonight, followed by a Saturday road trip to Chicago.

Mark Arcobello, RW, Edmonton Oilers: Winger-wise, fantasy owners will probably be taking a hard look at Arcobello. He’s not scoring, but he is cleaning up in the assists category, with 10 helpers in 10 games thus far. Arcobello’s stats have been helped by the injury to Sam Gagner, as he’s getting ice time in the mid-teens to lower-20s thus far. Being new to the NHL, it’s tough to know exactly what to expect from Arcobello, but the double-digit assists alone are worth a waiver wire claim.

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