This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
There are two months left in the NHL regular season, but the playoffs will come sooner in many fantasy leagues. Are you planning for the next stage? Or merely playing out the stretch until the next major sport comes calling?
The real trade deadline arrives on Feb. 25, although the window to complete transactions between fantasy teams may have already closed. If there's still time, make sure to get in those moves to secure your squad for the final push or divest current producers for future assets.
And while you're devising your end-of-season strategy, here are a few lesser-owned players who may be of service:
(Ownership rates/stats as of Feb. 7)
Brayden Schenn, STL (Yahoo: 53%, ESPN: 93%, CBS: 73%): With St. Louis surging due to Jordan Binnington's stellar play, a few of their skaters have also benefited. Schenn's generally consistent when it comes to offense, but he endured a rough patch in December/January when he only recorded two points – both goals – over 12 outings. But in his last six, the Saskatonian has reeled off seven assists and 16 hits. Schenn may participate on the Blues' second man-advantage unit, but he's excelled on their top even-strength trio with leading point getters Ryan O'Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Nazem Kadri, TOR (Yahoo: 53%, ESPN: 81%, CBS: 69%): Kadri may appear on the Leafs' depth chart as their third center, but his value increases thanks to a place on their first power play. The seventh selection