East Coast Waiver Gems: Value Vets

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Eastern Edge looks at some gems available on the waiver wire early in the season.

This week, the Eastern Edge will follow the lead of his Western counterpart and look at some potential waiver wire gems that may be available in your league.


Now is the perfect time to identify players who other owners in your league are reluctant to pull the trigger on. Here are half a dozen guys who could help you along in your quest to dominate your pool early this season.


Kyle Okposo, Right Wing, NY Islanders


Okay, so he’s owned in 31 per cent of Yahoo! leagues, but the way I see it, he is available in 69 per cent of Yahoo! leagues. His linemates, John Tavares and Matt Moulson are taken in 100 percent and 97 per cent of Yahoo! leagues respectively.


Only 25 years old, Okposo scored 39 points in 65 games (49 points pro-rated) in his first full NHL season. In the following year, he hit for 52 points (2009-10), but has struggled to hit 45 points since then. In 2010-11, he recorded 20 points in 38 games, a 43 point pace and followed that with 24 goals and 45 points. Last year, he recorded 24 points in 48 games, a 41 point full season.


Okposo is receiving an average of 20:41 minutes per game, including top power play time. So even though he has exactly zero points after two games, he’s still a great buy low candidate due to ice time, linemates and opportunity.



Tom Gilbert, Defence, Florida


Talk about going from the trash heap to potentially smelling like a rose. Gilbert was nearly left without a chair when the free agent music stopped playing after being bought out of his contract by the Wild this summer. He was finally invited to the Panthers camp in mid-September and won a one year contract.


Clearly the 30-year-old defender is not the same player who scored 45 points back in 2008-09 with the Oilers. He followed that career year with seasons of 31, 26, 22 and a pro-rated 25 points las