As we continue to roll through the fantasy hockey season, it is time to once again take a run through the fantasy hockey waiver wire. With the shortened NHL season, injuries are playing a bigger role than they normally would, and thus wreaking havoc on fantasy leagues. Who are the players you need to know about that could help you win your week and ultimately your league?
Ryan O'Reilly, center, Colorado Avalanche
In one of the more bizarre stories of the 2013 NHL season, the Avalanche matched the Calgary Flames offer sheet for center Thursday. O'Reilly had been holding out, not being able to come to terms with the Avalanche in the summer or before the NHL lockout on a new contract. O'Reilly will likely need some practice time to get back into game shape, but the expectation is that he will get top six minutes once he returns to the lineup. While it may take the better part of a week before he plays his first game, pick him up now, as it is tough to find top six forwards at this point in the season without having to give up something in return. O'Reilly is owned in only 19 percent of all fantasy leagues polled.
Tomas Kopecky, right wing, Florida Panthers
The Panthers forward had a terrific week for his team, checking in with four goals in his last three games. Kopecky also contributed to the power play, checking in with three points with the man advantage. Another interesting stat about Kopecky from the past week, he collected eight minutes in penalty time. Kopecky is an interesting case, as he has added eight goals so far this season, and that type of consistency just can't be ignored. If you are looking to add scoring help to your roster, Kopecky could help. He is available, too, as he is owned in just 14 percent of all fantasy leagues polled.
Alex Tanguay, left wing, Calgary Flames
The Flames left wing currently leads Calgary in scoring and is fully secure in top-line duty with Jarome Iginla as a line mate, so there is no real concern in that production slipping moving forward. Tanguay checked in with two goals and three assists over the past week, with two of those points coming on power play. He is owned in only 29 percent of all fantasy leagues polled and could be a solid addition if you are looking for scoring help moving forward.
Daniel Cleary, left wing/right wing, Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings forward has had a terrific week for his team, collecting three goals and an assist on the week. For those that have read previous Waiver Wire pieces, you know that extra value is always given to players that are able to play multiple positions, as is the case with Cleary in some leagues, where he qualifies on both wings. Cleary is only owned in 7 percent of all leagues polled and is worth a look in deeper leagues looking for scoring help moving forward.
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 midweek as we help you win your fantasy hockey week and leagues.