Peter Forsberg, C, COL (no season stats)
Can you go wrong picking up a guy who was once considered the greatest player in the world? I would definitely risk a top waiver claim on it as soon as he becomes available in your league. You have to expect he will be a fixture on the power-play, and even at 37 years old, it wouldn’t be shocking at all to see Forsberg flirt with point-per-game type production. In his last stint with the Avalanche during the 2007-08 season, Forsberg put up 14 points (1g-13a), with a +7 in just 9 games. Worth the risk? I think so.
Michael Grabner, RW, NYI (48GP-16g-8a-24pts, with a +3 and 6 PIMs)
The NHL’s fastest skater winner has been quicky emerging into a decent top 6 forward over the past month or so. Aided by the return of linemate Kyle Okposo, Grabner has been surprisingly consistent of late. He has 12 points (7g-5a) in his last 11 games, and his +3 rating on a basement-dwelling team is fairly impressive. He’s also starting to see a bit of time on the power-play, just don’t count on him for PIMs.
Max Pacioretty, LW, MTL (22GP-6g-7a-13pts, with a (-3) and 27 PIMs)
Things were looking pretty scary for the Habs a couple of weeks ago when both Pacioretty and high-scoring winger Mike Cammalleri left a game against Buffalo in the first period with some fairly serious looking injuries. Fortunately for the Habs, Pacioretty was able to return the next game, and fortunately for him, he was supplanted on the top line in place of the injured Cammalleri. Playing with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, Pacioretty has managed six points (3g-3a) in six games. Of course, he will pretty much lose all his value the moment Cammalleri returns, so consider this a short term fix.
Kevin Poulin, G NYI (10GP-4-2-1, with a 2.44 GAA and .924 SV%)
I know what you’re thinking: a fourth-string goalie from the Islanders? While the Rick DiPietro saga continues on the Island, it looks like Poulin will be the starter for the meantime, and he might not be as horrible of an option as you might think. He’s had only one weak performance in ten appearances this year, and that came against the Devils, who are the hottest team in the league right now. But also, the Islanders are actually a decent 12-10-2 since mid-December, and they compete every night. Hopefully you won’t need him as a top-2 goalie—but as a 3-4, used wisely—you can probably find some value here.
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