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Waiver Wired: Week 24

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Most head-to-head leagues are now in the post-season and rotisserie leagues are down to their final few weeks. An extra goal here and a few extra penalty minutes there could really help your fantasy squad this time of year. On to this week's picks.

John Tavares – C – New York Islanders

John Tavares, despite his reputation, is still available in many fantasy leagues. That is because he had just three goals and nine points in 39 games before he broke out with a five point night three games ago. He has seven points in those three games. Tavares started off well with 18 points in his first 20 games, but stumbled a bit before running into a kryptonite wall in mid-December. He's worth a flier in deeper fantasy leagues and is a no-brainer in keeper leagues.

Nikolai Kulemin – W – Toronto

Nikolai Kulemin has four goals and 11 points in the Leafs' last 10 games. He has developed into a complete player, according to coach Ron Wilson, who can shoot, pass, fore-check and play well defensively. And of course he's playing on the top line with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. The trio has found great chemistry together and without the pressure of a playoff push in Toronto, these guys should continue to produce.

David Clarkson – W – New Jersey

David Clarkson is starting to find his game after missing half the season with a broken leg. He has two goals, one assist, a plus four rating and four PIMs in the past four games. He's playing on a line with Dainius Zubrus and Rob Niedermayer, but does play the odd shift on a scoring line if coach Jacques Lemaire thinks they need more grit.

Brandon Segal – W – Dallas

Brandon Segal came out of nowhere to produce five goals and nine points in the Stars' last nine games. Segal also has a plus six rating to go along with nine PIMs in the same time span. It's quite a turnaround for Segal, who had just two points in 25 games with the Kings before being waived in February. Segal is also playing on a line with Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro, so the offensive opportunities will continue to come.

Mathieu Schneider – D – Phoenix

Mathieu Schneider has three assists in his first four games with the Coyotes. Two of those points have come with the man advantage. It's been a tough season for the 39-year-old defender. He signed with the Canucks in the off-season, despite suffering from a shoulder injury that kept him out the first month of the season. Then he struggled with the Canucks before they waived him in late December. After clearing waivers, he spent time in the AHL before Phoenix traded for him at the deadline. He was still in the minors until the Coyotes recalled him a week ago. He's playing and producing on the top power play unit.

Colby Armstrong – W – Atlanta

Colby Armstrong has four goals, one assist and a plus five rating in the past two games. He's shown chemistry with Todd White and Jim Slater, but has also seen time with newcomer Clarke MacArthur. He's one of the reasons the Thrashers have turned their game around of late. After losing six in a row, Atlanta has now won three straight and is just one point of a playoff spot. Look for Armstong to give the Thrashers an emotional lift down the stretch with his physical play and the odd goal.


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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