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Waiver Wired: Week 23

Sunday, March 14, 2010


With many head-to-head leagues about to begin fantasy hockey playoffs this week, this may be the most important Waiver Wired of the season. A few extra goals or assists could mean the difference between advancing to the next round or preparing for next season's draft. Fortunately, there is a bumper crop of streaking players right now. We have a mix of grizzled veterans and precocious youngsters on this week's list:

Fredrik Modin – LW – Los Angeles

Fredrik Modin has three goals and one assist in five games with the Kings since coming over from Columbus. He is playing on a great third line with Michal Handzus, who was reborn during a stellar Olympic tournament, and youngster Wayne Simmonds, who is the smallest on the line at 6'2". Both Modin and Handzus weigh in at 220 pounds on their 6'4" frames and do some great work cycling the puck on the boards. This is a really underrated unit.

Mark Recchi – W – Boston

Mark Recchi has two goals, four points and a plus four rating in the Bruins' last three games. He is playing on the top line with Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm. The Bruins need his offense even more now that Marc Savard is out indefinitely with a concussion. Recchi is also firmly entrenched in front of the net on Boston's top power play unit, so he'll have plenty of offensive opportunities down the stretch.

Vernon Fiddler – C/LW – Phoenix

Vernon Fiddler has one goal, five points, 12 PIMs and a plus seven rating in the Preds' last four games.. He has formed great chemistry with newcomer Lee Stempniak. Taylor Pyatt rounds out the effective third line. Fiddler's numbers just cannot be ignored, and another hot stretch like last week is a boon in head-to-head leagues.


Benoit Pouliot – W – Montreal

Benoit Pouliot has three goals, seven points, a plus four rating and four penalty minutes in the Habs' last seven games. Pouliot, at 6'3" is the oak tree on a line with shrubs Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta and the dynamic is paying off for the burgeoning power-forward. Pouliot missed five games before the Olympic break with an upper body injury, but he used the two-week break to get healthy. He's now scoring the way he did on a previous hot streak in early January.

Pascal Dupuis – W – Pittsburgh

Pascal Dupuis has three goals, six points and a plus three rating in the Penguins' last six games. Pittsburgh's lines are fluid of late, and Dupuis has found himself either on Sidney Crosby's line or Jordan Staal's unit. Both are good places to be, with Pittsburgh rounding into form down the stretch.

Jakub Voracek – W – Columbus

Jakub Voracek entered the Olympic break on a hot streak, which has continued after the two-week vacation. He has two goals and six points in six games after the break and three goals and 12 points in his last nine games. Voracek began his tear the first game after coach Ken Hitchcock was fired. That's no coincidence, since Hitchcock was notoriously untrusting of youngsters and implemented a style of play that stifled offensive creativity. Without those shackles, Voracek has returned to the dynamic offensive playmaker he was in junior.





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 BusterAvenue.com, like The Onion, but worse.
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