Underrated Gems

Anthony Lancione




Some Western Conference waiver-wire gems to look at post-Sochi


As we sit back and take in Olympic hockey, we're enjoying a rare chance midseason to take our minds off the day-to-day grind of Fantasy GM-ing and recharge the batteries. I, however, urge you to take a step back into the office a little early to get the jump on your peers. Keep in mind that some variables in player value have begun to change slightly (positive and negative) due to performances in Sochi.


There can be great value up-trends for NHLers during the Games. Opportunities may pop up for some skaters borne from injuries to others. Simply experiencing elevated quality and intensity of play may foster a carry-over effect when returning back home to North America against some opponents that were too dormant in the interim weeks.


In general though, even players not participating in the Olympic games at all may have an opportunity to increase their potential output upon resumption of NHL games. Some will certainly be better for not participating, using the extra time on the mend to heal, rest and regenerate themselves (i.e. Henrik Sedin, Mikko Koivu, Lubomir Visnovsky, etc); While other support players may receive added value when their linemates who've had positive experiences at Sochi return (Think Tyler Bozak)


Lets take a look at the best Western Conference players who are currently less than 15% owned