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Waiver Wired: Week 22

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Pavol Demitra – W – Vancouver
Pavol Demitra has continued his excellent production after a surprising Olympic tournament in which he led the tournament in scoring with 10 points. He has one goal and three points in three games with the Canucks since the Olympic break and is once again playing on a scoring line with Ryan Kesler, who also had a stellar Olympics with the American team and speedster Mason Raymond. Demitra is worth owning in most fantasy leagues right now.

Chad LaRose – W – Carolina
LaRose has two goals, two assists and a plus five rating in three games after the Olympic break. With the Hurricanes' fire sale at the deadline, LaRose is now playing first line minutes with Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu, which is a nice position to be in. Look for decent production down the stretch from this plucky veteran.

Peter Mueller – C/W – Colorado
Peter Mueller has one goal and five points in four games since the Olympic break. He looks like he has been reborn in Colorado, he may just have needed a change of scenery. Remember, Mueller was a top prospect who was selected eighth overall in the 2006 entry draft. He had a great rookie season, with 22 goals and 54 points in 82 games, but slipped the past few seasons. He is seeing time on the power-play and on a productive kid line with Matt Duchene and Ryan Stoa.

Niclas Bergfors – W – Atlanta
Niclas Bergfors has three goals in the past three games and six goals and one assist in the past seven. Even after Atlanta acquired Clarke MacArthur and Evgeny Artyukhin on deadline day, Bergfors remains on the top line with Nik Antropov and Bryan Little. He is a top offensive prospect who is blossoming into a legitimate top-six forward in Atlanta. He's at least helping fans begin to forget Ilya Kovalchuk, whom Bergfors was traded for in a multi-player deal last month.

Paul Kariya – W – St. Louis
Paul Kariya has three goals and two assists in three games since the Olympic break. The veteran is looking fresh and playing well on St. Louis's top line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie. Kariya remains a sublimely skilled winger and is still capabale of short-term offensive bursts, which means he's a good pick up for the next week or two. Just don't expect this level of production for the long haul.

Justin Peters – G – Carolina
Justin Peters will split time with Manny Legace down the stretch with Cam Ward out indefinitely with a back injury. At the very least, he's a perfect handcuff for Legace owners. Keep in mind that Peters has morphed into a top prospect. He is 3-0-0 in the NHL this season with a .957 save percentage and 1.34 GAA and owns a 2.60 GAA and .915 save percentage in the minors this season.

Liam Casey is a senior hockey writer for Rotoworld. He has also written for Toronto Life and the Ottawa Citizen. He once selected Alexandre Daigle in a keeper league but has learned much since then. He also runs, like The Onion, but worse.
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