With the NHL All-Star break behind us, there is still plenty of time and value out there on the waiver wire to help you improve your fantasy hockey roster before the action picks up.
Bouwmeester has elite potential and his numbers are starting to pick up
Teddy Purcell, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning - Much of Purcell's recent success is a result of a sit down with head coach Guy Boucher. Boucher reportedly stressed to Purcell that he has all of the tools and just has to focus on being first on the puck. That talk resulted in Purcell, who is only owned in 17 percent of all fantasy leagues polled, registering four goals and an assist in his last five games. With the Lightning's current injury situation, Purcell is worth a look as he will get time on the Bolts top lines.
Mathieu Perreault, C, Washington Capitals - Perreault, who is only owned in one percent of all fantasy leagues polled, had a great week centering a line with Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin. Perreault had four goals and two assists in his past four games, including his first career hatty. Once Ovechkin returns from his three-game suspension next week, Perreault has potential to be a solid fantasy addition.
Andri Kostitsyn, LW/RW, Montreal Canadians - Kostitsyn, who is owned in 13 percent of all fantasy leagues polled, checked in with a goal and three assists in his last three games. While he has not been much of a factor thus far offensively, keep an eye on him. He is worth the speculative addition to see if he can keep it up provided you have the room on your roster.
David Desharnais, C, Montreal Canadians - This is not the first time Desharnais has appeared in this space and once again he has turned into a solid waiver wire option. Desharnais, who is only owned in 14 percent of all fantasy leagues, had two goals and two assists in his past three games.
Jay Bouwmeester, D, Calgary Flames - Bouwmeester, who is only owned in 12 percent of fantasy leagues polled, had a nice week offensively with a goal, two assists, a power play point and a plus-three. While it has been a struggle at times for Bouwmeester this year, he has the talent to put up points in bunches. If you are looking to bolster your defense, Bouwmeester is worth the gamble.
Scott Clemmensen, G, Florida Panthers - Clemmensen has earned two straight starts with the Florida Panthers and he has not disappointed, posting 35- and 41-save outings. Clemmensen put up a 2.31 goals against average and a .938 save percentage during those games. While Clemmensen is not a full-time starter by any means, his strong efforts could lead to more playing time. Goalies are always hard to come by at this point in the season, so sometimes it's worth taking the chance on a player who is showing some spark.
News and notes
As we mentioned previously, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin is currently in the middle of serving a three-game suspension for a charging penalty he took last week. Even though he has really failed to meet expectations to this point, he needs to return to your fantasy hockey lineup once he returns later next week.
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was also suspended three games for a boarding penalty. Ference has had a decent season thus far for his fantasy owners; keep him on your bench until he returns later this week.
Owners of Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall are breathing a sigh of relief this week after hearing the news that he returned to the lineup. Hall took a skate to the head in a scary pregame warm up accident over a week ago and only missed two games as a result. Feel free to get him back into your lineups if you have not done so already.
About Mike Corcoran
Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.
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