With another week of the fantasy hockey season in the books, it is time once again to scroll through the waiver wire. Who are the players that may be available in your leagues that could help you win the week and the season?
Viktor Fasth, goaltender, Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks goaltender has been outstanding over the past week, collecting three wins to go along with a 0.67 goals against average and .976 save percentage. Those numbers put Fasth up there with the best goaltenders in the NHL. Fasth also contributed a shutout, as well, last week. If you are looking for help in the all-important goaltending category, Fasth should be your target, and you should act quickly as people are catching up to the outstanding week he had by picking him up. Fasth is currently owned in only 44 percent of all fantasy leagues polled, after being owned in just 4 percent of all leagues polled a week ago.
Martin Hanzal, center, Phoenix Coyotes
The Coyotes center has been on a bit of a scoring run over the past four games, collecting four goals and an assist over that span. In the six games he has played this season, Hanzal has averaged a point a game. Hanzal also contributes on the power play, collected two points on the man advantage. If you are looking to add to your scoring depth, Hanzal could be a good option for your roster, if he can continue to keep up on his current pace. Hanzel is owned in only 7 percent of all fantasy leagues polled.
Andy Greene, defenseman, New Jersey Devils
Greene is another player that has been on a bit of a roll of late in terms of finding the score sheet. Greene has contributed two goals and four assists in the past week, having been especially efficient on the power play, collecting four points. Greene is somewhat tricky to forecast, because the Devils are not necessarily known for their scoring. However, you cannot ignore those numbers, especially from a defenseman. Greene is also owned in only 9 percent of all fantasy leagues polled.
Colin Wilson, center, left wing, Nashville Predators
The Predators forward, who had been struggling in the early part of the season, broke out this week, checking in with two goals and four assists. Wilson also was a plus-5 on the week. One of the advantages of picking up Wilson is that he can play multiple positions in some leagues, since he is considered a center and a left wing. Wilson is currently owned in only 3 percent of all leagues polled and has to be considered for a waiver claim with the type of week he had.
Matt Cooke, left wing, Pittsburgh Penguins
There was a time not long ago where the only fantasy hockey value Cooke had was in the penalty minutes category. Since Cooke has reinvented his game, you almost have to look at him from a different perspective fantasy hockey-wise. This week, Cooke checked in with two goals and two assists. He is owned in only 4 percent of all fantasy leagues polled, so if you are looking for scoring depth in deeper leagues, he may be a player to consider.
That will do it for this week's edition of the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire. Make sure you check back for the Fantasy Hockey Planner and look for Fantasy Hockey Trends earlier next week as we help you win your fantasy hockey week and leagues.