Welcome to the last Waiver Wired article of the 2013-14 campaign. At this point whether or not a player is hot makes all the differences because there’s obviously no need for a long-term strategy anymore.
At the same time, any player that gets injured for any reason is a serious candidate to get dropped, so you’ll need alternatives now more than ever.
Thank you for sticking with us this season and we wish you the best of luck in the final week of the season.
Charlie Coyle (MIN) – C/RW – Owned in 6% of Yahoo! leagues
Coyle is a former first round pick that has firmly established himself in the NHL this season after getting a fair amount of experience in the NCAA and AHL. He didn’t have much fantasy value this season, but he’s worth keeping an eye on in 2014-15. He’s also worth gambling on now as he’s been playing alongside Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise recently. He seems poised to finish the season on a high note after scoring four goals and nine points in his last eight contests.
Patric Hornqvist (NAS) – RW – Owned in 22% of Yahoo! leagues
Hornqvist has been consistently solid, but not remarkable in his career to date. Not counting his rookie campaign when he played in just 28 contests or the shortened season, Hornqvist has recorded between 43 and 51 points in each of his campaigns. He might set a new career-high this season though as he couldn’t be much hotter right now. The 27-year-old has seven goals and 14 points in his last seven games.
Curtis Glencross (CAL) – LW – Owned in 6% of Yahoo! leagues
Calgary was knocked out of the race for a playoff spot long ago, but they’ve been surprising good lately. It seems that removing all pressure has suited them well as a number of their players have been significantly exceeding expectations. Glencross is one major example of that as he has five goals and nine points in his last nine games. What makes adding a Calgary guy like Glencross particularly nice is the fact that the team will play when the schedule is particularly light on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, thus minimizing the chance that starting Glencross will mean benching someone else.
Mats Zuccarello (NYR) – LW – Owned in 33% of Yahoo! leagues
Zuccarello has broken out this season with 19 goals and 57 points in 74 games. That’s good enough to lead the Rangers scoring race, which is something not many people would have predicted going into the season. It looks like he’ll finish the season on a high note after scoring four goals and seven points in his last four games.
Travis Zajac (NJD) – C- Owned in 11% of Yahoo! leagues
The New Jersey Devils are desperately clinging onto the idea that they can still make the playoffs and lately they’ve performed under those circumstances. Zajac has been at the center of that with four goals and six points in his last four games. If you happen to be in a league that values faceoffs, then he should help you in that regard too. This hasn’t been his best season on the draw, but he still ranks 14th among eligible centers with a 54.7 winning percentage.
Mathieu Perreault (ANA) – C – Owned in 21% of Yahoo! leagues
Perreault is a prime example of a player that’s normally a borderline addition in standard leagues, but at this point is worth taking a chance on. He hasn’t been held off the scoresheet in more than two straight games since Jan. 28 and he has six goals and 10 points in his last 11 games. There’s a good chance that his current hot streak has a week left in it and that’s all you need.
Tomas Tatar (DET) – C/LW – Owned in 17% of Yahoo! leagues
When you think of young Detroit players that have managed to step up in the face of the Red Wings rash of injuries, Gustav Nyquist is the man that comes to mind. There’s a good reason for that, but he isn’t the only Red Wings’ youngster that has stepped up this season. Tatar has been effective in his first full season and has five goals and nine points in his last 10 contests. Detroit could be in for a few strong outings, given how motivated they are compared to their upcoming opponents (Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Carolina), which are either all eliminated or locked into their playoff position.
Mikko Koivu (MIN) – C – Owned in 55% of Yahoo! leagues
If he happens to be available in your league, he’s a prime pickup candidate. Koivu is an above average fantasy contributor under normal circumstances, but with the Minnesota Wild in a fierce race for a postseason spot, Koivu has managed to elevate his game. He has three goals and 10 assists in his last 10 contests and has only been held of the scoresheet in one of his last eight contests.