This week's article is going to be centered around potential waiver wire additions that you can explore to help mitigate the damage of a big injury, to kickstart some production on a slumping team, and realistically some of the players on the waiver wire are potential trade chips. What makes a player a good waiver wire pickup in my eyes is simple: plays a meaningful role in a primarily offensive based scheme, plays the special teams, has shown some flashes of skill throughout their NHL career, and players who either excel in a couple of key areas or are good across the board when it comes to production.
* The top row in the stat tables are the players current stats this year, and the bottom row is their career stats. The powerplay and shorthanded sections are for points in these respective areas. I know last season I was showing roster percentages for the players that I discuss, and I do plan on bringing that back, but I am not in any Yahoo leagues this season so for the time being I will not have their percentages listed for that platform. *
#1) Dylan Strome – C – Washington Capitals Contract: $3.5M – 1 Year remaining (RFA this upcoming summer) Roster Percentages: Fantrax – 61%, ESPN – 26%
Once Strome signed in Washington I figured it would have been a nice signing for their top-nine forward core, but after remembering the injuries that Nicklas Backstrom is facing it became clear that Strome would see some top-six minutes. He's off the races so far this season as he sits short of being at a point-per-game pace (67 points through an 82-game season). His role in the top-six seems solidified for now, the Capitals do like to rotate between their first line center and their second line center. So, there may be nights where he slots in on the second line, but there are times where he should see first line action too. Strome and his five powerplay points been a key piece to the Washington Capitals powerplay rate of 22% (tied for top 15 in the league). His faceoffs have seen a decline when you compare his numbers in prior years, but we're also only 11 games into the season and FO% often fluctuates as the players