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10-pack: The ageless Vinny Prospal

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You're still fighting for a championship, so we're still here trying to get you some waiver-wire help. Here are some commodities worth considering.

Vinny Prospal(notes), LW, Rangers (20 percent): Sometimes it seems as though he's going to play forever. The cagey vet has a seven-game point-streak working, and he's getting plenty of time on the man advantage (five power-play points in March). The wheels might not be there at age 36, but he still knows what to do with the puck. Teammate Ryan Callahan(notes) (40 percent) is another Ranger thriving of late, for those in smaller pools.

Tyler Ennis(notes), LW/C, Sabres (43 percent): The speedy and creative forward is growing up before our eyes, posting a 4-4-8 line in nine March games. He was the best player on the ice in the overtime victory at Boston, and even his scoreless game against Carolina this week was a five-shot effort. The dual-position eligibility is a nice bonus out the door. If you need a right-winger in the same city, Jason Pominville(notes) (32 percent) is also worth a look.

Blake Wheeler(notes), RW, Thrashers (10 percent): Ice time wasn't easy to get in Boston, but Wheeler's a more-vital cog to his new team. He's put up four goals and four assists since touching down in the ATL, collecting 41 shots in 11 starts. A working class hero is something to be.

Jamie Benn(notes), LW, Stars (35 percent): Here's another versatile power forward that does a little bit of everything without a ton of attention. Benn's posted seven goals this month, along with 10 penalty minutes and 36 shots. He's also improved all of his key stats in his sophomore year; he's still on the escalator.

Michael Grabner(notes), RW, Islanders (50 percent): He's been dropped in some groups of late as the scoring pace has cooled, but he's fifth in the league in shots over the last month (54) so the opportunities keep coming. Follow the shots, let everything else take care of itself. And while you're on the Island, do what you can to fix Matt Moulson's(notes) silly ownership tag (39 percent, far too low).

Martin Erat(notes), RW, Predators (20 percent): He's averaging better than a point per game in the second half, and it hasn't all been cheap assists (he's got seven goals and 52 shots over that stretch). Keep the schedule in mind when you're scouting in Nashville; the Preds play nine of their last 12 games at home. And if you need an affordable center as a short-term rental, consider teammate David Legwand(notes) (5 percent, 2-9-11 over last month).

Travis Hamonic(notes), D, Islanders (25 percent): You can view him as a penalty-minute source (74 PIMs in the second half) or an underrated puck mover (3-9-12 over his last 22), that's up to you. The ownership rate is depressed because of the team he's on. Don't sweat the plus-minus here; Hamonic is plus-8 in the second half for the quietly-improving Islanders.

Andrej Sekera(notes), D, Sabres (19 percent): It's a shame he's not getting much power-play time, but when a rearguard posts 13 points in 18 games, don't get picky – just grab the numbers. He's also plus-7 over that span, with a respectable 30 shots.

Tom Gilbert(notes), D, Oilers (5 percent): Edmonton has been a pesky lot in recent weeks (the play of goaltender Devan Dubnyk(notes) has helped the cause), despite the rash of injuries to the front line. Gilbert's getting a ton of ice and responsibility in all situations, and he's always had decent offensive ability. Okay, you're in it for the points – Gilbert has nine assists, and six power-play points, over the past 30 days. I'm not trying to put him in the Norris discussion, just pointing out that he should be grabbed in deeper pools.

Braden Holtby(notes), G, Capitals (36 percent): I suppose he's long-gone in any competitive group, but with such a low ownership number, we have to make a quick stop here. Holtby has a nifty five-game win streak working (with just six goals allowed over that span), and the Caps fell to Detroit on Wednesday when Holtby wasn't in the cage. Look for Holtby to get the tap on the pads for Friday's game at New Jersey, and if he can secure a victory there, he'll probably steer the rest of the road trip. Other unappreciated netminders: Al Montoya(notes) (26 percent), James Reimer(notes) (43 percent).

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