Welcome back for this week’s edition of Crashing the Net — sadly the last waiver wire article of the season. We hope you were able to utilize this article to gain a competitive advantage over your opponents throughout the season. Last week we mentioned Jhonas Enroth, Ray Emery and Simon Gagne as helpful sources of points. Without further ado, here are our final waiver picks of the season.
LW – Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Lupul seems to be back to his old ways after struggling for most of the season. While the 27-year-old only managed eight goals and 16 points through his first 25 games as a Leaf, his production has greatly picked up with four goals and seven points over his last six. Perhaps more telling sign would be that Lupul has not shifted lines, playing primarily with Phil Kessel and either Nazem Kadri or Tyler Bozak. The chemistry finally appears to be there with Lupul making a late-season push in an attempt to get his team into the playoffs. If you see this three-time 20 goal scorer still sitting on the waiver wire, feel free to try him out as the Leafs still have something to play for.
G – Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils
Hedberg will play tonight and likely gets one more start in before the end of the season. Considering the Devils are still a very strong team and Hedberg may be available in your league, it may be worth a shot.
D – Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues
After a torrid start to his career in Colorado, Shattenkirk’s offensive play slightly fell off which likely gave the Avalanche some confidence in trading him. However, if they watched his last seven games, Greg Sherman and company probably felt some buyers remorse. The 22-year-old puck mover posted a goal and seven assists over his last eight with the Blues scoring four goals or more over that span. This Blues team has a ton of offense so ride it out while their season lasts.
C – Patrik Berglund, St. Louis Blues
Similar to Shattenkirk, Berglund is a part of a very hot Blues offense. Centering the team’s second line, he once again finds himself between talented linemates in Matt D’Agostini and Chris Stewart. If you see him on the waiver wire, there is a good probability he could fill the net a few more times before the regular season ends as he has four goals and six points over his last five games.
RW – Mike Knuble, Washington Capitals
Knuble is back on the Caps’ top line at just the right time of the year. Last season, the savvy veteran was able to pot 29 goals mainly because of the top line’s surge with 11 goals coming in 15 January games. Fast forward to this season, where Knuble plays on the same line as Alexander Ovechkin once again and figures to stay there with Alexander Semin currently on the mend. He has three goals in three games so grab him if you can while he is still hot!
Others to Monitor
C – Stephane Da Costa, Ottawa Senators
Yes, we know how Matt Gilroy and Bozak turned out but there is no risk in keeping an eye on Da Costa. The Senators have offered him a roster spot and he figures to play with other collegiate standouts such as Bobby Butler, Colin Greening and Erik Condra. Similarly to how the Sens acquired Da Costa, he is a low-risk, high-reward player so keep that in mind when drafting next season.
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