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Dan Waldner covers hockey for RotoWire, and has been involved in fantasy hockey pools for 15 years. He's a lifetime Toronto Maple Leafs fan, a passion his wife puts up with and his daughter is starting to emulate.

Fantasy sports articles written by Dan Waldner

The Waiver Wire: Category Killers

Dan Waldner analyzes one-dimensional players who can be used in the short-term for one key victory, like Toronto center Nazem Kadri.

The Waiver Wire: Slumps and Dumps

Dan Waldner explains to fantasy owners what to do with this season's worst performers, like Pittsburgh's slumping Sidney Crosby.

The Waiver Wire: Prodigious Power-Play Percentages

Dan Waldner looks at players on the waiver wire, like Boston's Ryan Spooner, who will contribute power-play points.

The Waiver Wire: Rookies Not Named McDavid or Eichel

Rookies aren't just for keeper leagues. Dan Waldner looks at young players like Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers, who can help fantasy owners now.

The Waiver Wire: Early Season Advanced Stats

Dan Waldner used advanced stats to finds some waiver-wire gems this week, including Buffalo's Matt Moulson.

The Waiver Wire: The Habs and Have Nots

Dan Waldner looks at the best team in the league, Montreal, and the worst team in the league, Columbus, and tells fantasy owners how to capitalize, liking picking up Brendan Gallagher.

The Waiver Wire: Major Early Surprises

Dan Waldner looks at five surprises out of the gate, including a struggling Penguins squad that might offer some discounts to fantasy owners on a couple of underperforming players like Kris Letang.

The Waiver Wire: Best of the Worst

Dan Waldner explores how fantasy owners can capitalize on good players on bad teams, like Toronto center Nazem Kadri.

The Waiver Wire: Twin Killing

Dan Waldner is not optimistic the Sedin twins can reprise the huge surger they saw last year with the Canucks.

The Waiver Wire: On Your Marks

Dan Waldner looks at some key moves NHL developments, like the Penguins going all-in on offense for Sidney Crosby, as he waits for the new season to finally get started.

The Waiver Wire: Conference Finals

Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson preview the conference finals where Anaheim's white-hot Ryan Getzlaf line looks like it can't be stopped.

The Waiver Wire: Predicting the Second Round

Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson preview the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but are they still riding Devan Dubnyk and the Wild?

The Waiver Wire: Picking the First Round

Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson preview the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, looking for a hot Devan Dubnyk to lead the Wild to the upset over the Blues.

The Waiver Wire: All the Marbles

As we head into championship week, Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson offer some final picks, like, St. Louis' Patrik Berglund, to help you emerge victorious.

The Waiver Wire: Championship Week 1

For those entering the Finals this week, Mike Wilson and Dan Waldner have a few suggestions to help you get to the finish line in first place, like Vancouver's Alexander Edler.

The Waiver Wire: Survival of the Fittest

Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson look at the schedule this week and identify key players like Colorado's Tyson Barrie who can help you get through another week of fantasy playoffs.

The Waiver Wire: Live to Fight Another Week

As the playoffs begin in some leagues, Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson give you some players who can help you survive the first round, like Carolina's Victor Rask.

The Waiver Wire: Strategies for Crunch Time

Mike Wilson and Dan Waldner offer some tips on how to optimize your team down the stretch and some players to grab, like Detroit's Justin Abdelkader.

The Waiver Wire: Deadline Day

Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson focus on the fantasy prospects of players like Patrick Sharp who could be on the move as the trade deadline approaches.

The Waiver Wire: The Trade Deadline Cometh

With the trade deadline arriving shortly, Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson look at who could overperform and underperform in the stretch run. Which side of the ledger does John Tavares fall?

The Waiver Wire: Examining The Trade

The NHL saw a rare bonafide blockbuster trade this week that included Zach Bogosian going to the Sabres. Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson look at what this means for the key players involved.

The Waiver Wire: San Joe-Say

As Dan Waldner shows in this week's Waiver Wire, fantasy owners continue to benefit from the strength down the center that San Jose possesses with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.

The Waiver Wire: Green Means Go

With a new coach and a new system, Mike Green is making a comeback in Washington after a number of disappointing seasons.

The Waiver Wire: Second Half Predictions

With just over half the season in the books, Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson make some predictions on performances to come.

The Waiver Wire: The Twin Cities' Technician of the Tangled Twine

Devan Dubnyk has a new home and a solid opportunity to show the rest of the league that he has the chops to be a starter in the NHL.

The Waiver Wire: Conn Smythe King

Justin Williams may be having a slower first half to the year, but fantasy GMs will want to consider acquiring him for the home stretch.

The Waiver Wire: Greener Pastures

After his trade on Friday, David Perron's value has skyrocketed in most fantasy formats. Fantasy GMs who pounced on the news will find themselves glad they did.

The Waiver Wire: Hockey's Future On Display

The World Junior Hockey Championship is here - fantasy GMs take notice: future NHL superstars are playing in a fantastic tournament you should all be watching.

The Waiver Wire: Two Gals From Montreal

Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher are putting up noteworthy fantasy numbers this year - much to the delight of owners and Habs fans everywhere.

The Waiver Wire: Blue Line Bomber

Kevin Shattenkirk is on pace for another career season with the Blues. Keeper league GMs take notice - this won't be his last.

The Waiver Wire: Lightning in a Bottle

Tyler Johnson is taking huge steps this year to fill in where Martin St. Louis used to be. Mike Wilson and Dan Waldner say he might be the next big thing.

The Waiver Wire: Bozak Attack

Unappreciated in most leagues, Tyler Bozak is showing fantasy leagues that he's worth the investment.

The Waiver Wire: Patches Leads the Way

Max Pacioretty is putting up big numbers in Montreal to the delight of fantasy GMs who were smart enough to get him.

The Waiver Wire: Flaming Hot

The Calgary Flames are off to a fantastic start, thanks in no little part to the efforts of Mark Giordano.

Waiver Wire: Power Patric

His new home in Pittsburgh seems to suit Patric Hornqvist rather well - Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson explain why he's better than you think.

The Waiver Wire: Return Of The Mule

Johan Franzen returns from injury on Sunday Mike Wilson and Dan Waldner tell you why that should matter to you.

The Waiver Wire: Predators on the Prowl

Filip Forsberg and James Neal lead the way in Nashville, who hope that there will be more offensive production this year.

The Waiver Wire: Lightning in a Bottle

While it took him a few years to adapt to the speed and size of the NHL game, Victor Hedman has shown he's ready to leave his mark.

The Waiver Wire: Game On!

As the regular season finally gets under way, who are the hidden gems waiting to be discovered? Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson analyze their top picks of the week.

Sunday Daily Puck: It's Curtains

As the regular season draws to a close on Sunday, there are still some questions left unanswered.

Waiver Wire: Tips for the Play-off Pool

Now that the teams are set, pools will be starting up in rapid fashion. Are you ready?

The Waiver Wire: Final Countdown

The last games of the regular season will be played this week - if you're in a tight race or in the finals of your pool, check here for some key additions to your roster.

Sunday Daily Puck: Falling Leafs

It may start to feel like Spring, but Toronto fans will confirm that this is in fact the season of disappointment.

The Waiver Wire: Knocking Out Your Opponent

Now that the finals are here for most head-to-head pools, this week's Waiver Wire gives you a list of players that should help in specific categories.

The Waiver Wire: Crunch Time

Now is not the time to stop paying attention - with most head-to-head pools fully entrenched in the post-season, the lucky GM is the smart GM.

Sunday Daily Puck: Fantasy Play-offs are Here (for some)

Some head-to-head leagues are starting their playoffs Monday - make sure you maximize your roster!

The Waiver Wire: Wild Week Ahead

With five games this week, Minnesota Wild players dominate our recommendations in this weeks' Waiver Wire.

The Waiver Wire: Winners from the Deadline

Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson examine those players that stand to benefit from new situations in this week's Waiver Wire.

Sunday Daily Puck: The First Domino

Now that the first big trade is out of the way, how will other teams react to St. Louis adding Ryan Miller and Steve Ott?

The Waiver Wire: The Trade Deadline Cometh

Wednesday at 3:00PM ET will mark the trade deadline for the 2013-2014 NHL season. Are you ready for it? Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson examine the people likely on the move in this week's Waiver Wire.

Sochi 2014: Gold Medal Game - Sweden v. Canada

After being treated to two fantastic games on Friday, hockey fans the world over have one more game to look forward to on Sunday.

Sochi 2014: Semifinal - Canada v. USA

Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk lead the US against the Canadians in a rematch of the 2010 Gold Medal game.

Sochi 2014: Semifinal - Sweden v. Finland

Erik Karlsson will headline the mobile Swedish defense against the upstart Finnish team on Friday.

Sochi 2014: Quarterfinal Wednesday

The first real games of the Olympic elimination round are here. Dan Waldner reviews all the matchups to look forward to on Wednesday.

Sochi 2014: Pre-Game - Group B: Canada vs. Finland

Sidney Crosby will lead the Canadian team into action against Finland on Sunday to crown the winner of Group B.

Sochi 2014: Pre-Game - Group C: Czech Republic vs. Sweden

Jaromir Jagr leads the Czech Republic into Sochi against Team Sweden on Wednesday - the first major game of the tournament.

The Waiver Wire: Back in the Saddle

After a month-long slump, Nazem Kadri has found his game again, and has 14 points in his last nine games.

Wednesday Daily Puck: Qu'est-ce qui se passe?

What is going on? A floundering Montreal team has gone from second place to seventh in less than a month. Should fans - or players - be worried?

Sochi 2014: Team Analysis - Czech Republic

Jaromir Jagr leads the Czech contingent at the Winter Olympics, but will he be enough?

The Waiver Wire: Feeling the Blues

If rumor is to be believed, Ryan Miller may be headed to St. Louis which may kill Brian Elliott's value.

Sunday Daily Puck: Trade Season is Here

Dan Waldner examines some of the names that have been rumored to be on the move as trade season unofficially opens.

The Waiver Wire: Here Comes the Boone

Boone Jenner will be a key piece in Columbus' future - but we're also betting he'll be a sizable part of their present, too.

The Waiver Wire: Forward Progress

Dustin Byfuglien's promotion to the wing may be a huge benefit to both fantasy GMs and the Winnipeg Jets.

Sunday Daily Puck: How Will Sochi Affect Your Team?

What effect will a player's inclusion in the Winter Olympics have on your fantasy roster?

The Waiver Wire: Welcome Back, Bozak

With five points in his three games since his return from injury, Tyler Bozak is a sight for sore eyes in Toronto.

The Waiver Wire: Our Best and Worst Recommendations of 2013

As the end of year approaches, we review our best and worst calls of the year from the Waiver Wire.

Sunday's Daily Puck: Backup Bonanza

Fantasy GMs are being surprised by stellar play from unlikely sources this season.

The Waiver Wire: IR Bargains

Zach Bogosian, Ryan Clowe and Nathan Horton are all ready to return from injury - grab them while they're still available.

The Waiver Wire: Here Comes Trouba

Back from injury and mid-stride, Jacob Trouba is one to watch in this week's article

Sunday Daily Puck: Turning the Corner

David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Eric Staal have all found their mid-season form

The Waiver Wire: Carolina's Hurricane

Andrej Sekera is showing why Carolina is poised to return to the post-season this year

The Waiver Wire: Hello Again, Mr. Andersen

With Viktor Fasth's second injury this year, Frederik Andersen has another chance to shine.

Sunday Daily Puck: Turnaround Time

Teams across the league are starting to change their fortunes - not all are in the same direction.

The Waiver Wire: The Rebirth of David Desharnais

While many jumped off the bandwagon weeks ago, David Desharnais has finally found his game.

The Waiver Wire: Ott To Get Much Better

Steve Ott looks to lead the way in Buffalo's turnaround after this week's front office shakeup.

The Waiver Wire: Two Recommended Ducks

Dustin Penner is playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry - go get him.

Sunday Daily Puck: Hall of Fame Weekend

Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan headline this year's exceptional list of Hall of Fame inductees

The Waiver Wire: Gagner Returns

Sam Gagner is back from his preseason injury and goes under the microscope in this week's column.

The Waiver Wire: Monahan Here To Stay

It's full speed ahead for Calgary's Sean Monahan, who will be up with the big club for the rest of the year after the Flames bypassed the option to send him to his junior team.

The Waiver Wire: Oilers' Line Shuffle

Mark Arcobello has landed in a great spot with Edmonton and has cashed in with eight assists so far. See who else Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson recommend as pickups this week.

Draft Kit - Job Battles: 15 Preseason Job Battles

Will Martin Brodeur or new acquisition Cory Schneider get the majority of starts between the pipes in New Jersey? That's one of 15 battles that Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson are following in this article.

Draft Kit: The Corsi Line and QoC

Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson delve into hockey sabermetrics and discuss why the Sedin line in Vancouver could perform better than their expectation.

Draft Kit - Middle Rounds Strategy: Grit Wins Championships

Johan Franzen should benefit greatly from the Red Wings' offseason moves. See who else make good middle round targets to fill out your roster and get those often undervalued grit categories.

Draft Kit: Top 10 Calder Trophy Candidates

Dan Waldner and Mike Wilson evaluate this year's rookie class to see who is most likely to walk away with the Calder Trophy. Jonathan Drouin of the Lightning top their list.