NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week
NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

Fantasy maintenance often involves obvious changes, like lineup swaps and roster adds/drops. But there are moments when more subtle actions are required. Whether it's a tweak of the lineup or a slight switch in strategy, even the smallest moves can prove to be important.

And if there's anything we've learned from John Tortorella's recent announcement concerning Artemi Panarin's health, sometimes discretion is necessary. Don't reveal your plans, unless they involve your intentions to totally dominate your league…or that you've stopped competing for the season.

With the assumption you're still trying, here are a few NHLers that can assist your fantasy goals:

(Ownership rates/stats as of Feb. 21)


Forwards

Yanni Gourde, TB (Yahoo: 65%, ESPN: 88%, CBS: 84%): After debuting as one of last year's biggest surprises, Gourde has encountered a slight letdown in the current campaign. 37 points in 61 games would never be considered awful, although it's a level below 64 in 82. But with a place in the top-six and a bit part on the second power play, the undrafted firecracker has tallied four goals and two assists in his last seven. As Gourde is prized for his work ethic and tenacity, he should remain in the upper half of the Bolts' depth chart.

Reilly Smith, VGK (Yahoo: 43%, ESPN: 78%, CBS: 75%): Smith served as a key component of the Golden Knights' march to the Cup, totaling 82 points over the regular season and playoffs. His minutes have been bumped up a bit, yet

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