Oshie is one of those guys that has a ton of upside but hasn’t quite proven himself enough yet to be worth keeping on your roster through a prolonged IR stint. He returned last week after missing 31 games with a fractured ankle and could still be available to you if your league has been sleeping on him. I still think he’s a year away from truly breaking out, but he’ll get points, and he was a strong second half guy in his first two seasons.
Lee Stempniak, C PHO (49GP-14g-12a-26pts, with a +12 and 125 shots)
Stempniak might start becoming known for strong finishes as well if he can maintain his current scoring rate. Mostly remembered for his torrid 14-goals-in-18-games stretch at the end of last season after joining the Coyotes via a deadline deal, Stempniak is doing his best to regain that mojo with six goals in his last eight games.
Mark Recchi, RW BOS (48GP-10g-22a-32pts, with a +14 and 15 pp points)
Brad Marchand, LW, C BOS (45GP-12g-12a-24pts, with a +21 and 22 PIMs)
Chances are Mark Recchi has been hovering around the top of your waiver wire for most of the season, but you haven’t given the 42 year-old much of a second thought. Maybe it’s time for some consideration. Recchi’s current +14 rating to go along with 15 power-play points is as good as you’ll find from anyone on a waiver wire these days, and with the strong depth of the Bruins you can expect him to get his fair share of point just through association. One of those associates—Brad Marchand—is also red hot at the moment, and with Marc Savard ailing yet again, Marchand could start seeing a little more time with the man advantage. Marchand has yet to register a point on the power-play this year, but he does have ten points (6g-4a) in his last nine games, and is tied with Patrice Bergeron for the team lead in plus/minus amongst forwards.
Fedor Tyutin, D CMB (46GP-5g-13a-18pts, with a (-3) and 22 PIMs)
The demise of Anton Stralman on the power-play in Columbus has meant very good things for Fedor Tyutin, and it’s likely no one in your league has noticed yet. Tyutin had just three assists (one on the power play) through the first 24 games of the season, but an increase in power play time in early December has led to a much improved 15 points (5g-10a) in his last 22 games. That’s noteworthy production from a d-man.
Dimitry Kulikov, D FLO (44GP-5g-11a-16pts, with a +9 and 26 PIMs)
Here’s a guy I can almost guarantee is available in your league. Kulikov is quietly having a very impressive sophomore season for the Panthers, and the injury to Brian McCabe should only increase his chances of keeping it going. He had five points (2g-3a) in three games since the McCabe injury before suffering a minor injury of his own in a two-assist performance against Columbus last week. He is due back soon though and is definitely worth keeping an eye. Kulikov was a highly touted prospect and a first round pick in 2009.
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