NHL Waiver Wire: Reversals of Fortune
NHL Waiver Wire: Reversals of Fortune

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

For the last week of 2018, we'll be temporarily switching up the format. With the NHL holiday break cutting out three days, not much has changed waiver-wise since the last column. So instead of reviewing the top under-owned players, you'll find a few folks who overachieved/underachieved to date but are trending to have their fortunes reversed in the New Year. Anyone who missed significant time due to injury won't be included, since that would obviously be reflected in the stats.

Who will rebound in the second half? And who will fall back to Earth?

(Stats as of Dec. 27)

Too Much Talent to Fail

Tyler Toffoli, F, LA

As mentioned here two weeks ago, Toffoli hasn't been able to turn effort into points. And in the five games since, he's only managed a goal – albeit an OT winner – but has also fired 25 pucks on net. Toffoli is known to go for goal quite often, so his awful 5.7 shooting percentage should eventually approach the 9.6 and 9.7 he posted the last two seasons.

Casey Mittelstadt, F, BUF

I've been waiting a long time to tout Mittelstadt as a potential turnaround candidate, but his numbers have never levelled out. The 2018 WJC MVP teased fantasy owners with a four-point-in-five effort during in late October/early November, but that's the closest he's come to duplicating his offensive haul at other levels. With the Sabres immersed in a tough Atlantic Division playoff battle, you'd think they will stick to

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