Brian Little, C WPG (25GP-7g-7a-14pts, with an even rating and 6 pp points)
After a slow start in Winnipeg, perennial sleeper candidate Brian Little is playing more like the top line threat the team has been looking for since selecting him in the 1st round of the 2006 draft. Currently riding one of the more torrid stretches of his career, Little has registered at least one point in 8 of his last 11 contests, with a total of 11 points (7g-4a) over that stretch. He’s playing top line minutes on a point-per-game pace since early November. There’s not much more you can ask from a waiver pickup.
Derek Dorsett, RW CMB (25GP-5g-2a-7pts, with an even rating and 64 PIMs)
Looking for a reliable PIM source, and you missed the boat on David Clarkson and Sean Avery? Take a flyer on Dorsett. Quickly becoming one of the more reliable pests in the league, Dorsett has been averaging around 15 minutes per game over the past two weeks and is starting to see a production increase as a result. He’s notched 5 points (3g-2a) over his last 7 games while clawing his way back to an even plus/minus rating on the season. Not bad from a guy who’s already tallied the third highest PIM total (64) in the league.
Stefan Elliott, D COL (4GP-2g-1a-3pts, with an even rating and 9 SOG)
Since his call-up last week, Stefan Elliott is quickly becoming one of the hottest waiver pick-ups around, and for good reason. An extremely skilled offensive defenseman, Elliott finds himself in a situation with a team that needs just that. After posting 3 points in his first three games, Elliott has strong potential to put up numbers similar to what Kevin Shattenkirk did for the Avs last season, which means this might be the only time you’ll see him on waivers for a while.
Semyon Varlamov, G COL (19GP 8-10-1, with a 2.89 GAA and .909 SV%)
Due to some early season inconsistency and battles with J. S. Giguere, Varlamov has hit the waiver wire in quite a few leagues, but he’s very quietly turned things around of late. Varlamov has started 5 straight (3-2-0) for the Avs without letting in more than 2 goals in a game. The Avs aren’t exactly playing like a powerhouse, but they have potential, and with a pretty good NHL career to- date, you could do a lot worse than Varlamov as your 3rd-4th goalie option.
James Reimer, G TOR (6GP 4-0-1, with a 2.58 GAA and .912 SV%)
Word is that James Reimer will make his return to the Leafs just in time for Saturday night’s matchup with the Boston Bruins. Reimer has had a spectacular start to his NHL career and never really received any threats to his number one role with the Leafs while recovering from concussion-like symptoms over the past month. Expect him to see the majority of starts for this up-and-coming Leafs team, making him a no-brainer addition if he’s currently floating around your waiver wire.