NHL Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week
NHL Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

Four weeks remain in the regular season.  Time to shine when it really matters.

Since our goal in this space is to provide decent recommendations for those not-as-highly-owned and as we've been doing this since October, you'll find a few repeats from previous columns below – though no one from the last two months of regular material.  May they be of service to you during this final stretch.

Forwards

Max Pacioretty, VGK (Yahoo: 60%, ESPN: 84%, CBS: 86%): Vegas's prized acquisition from September didn't start off the way he intended, with only a pair of goals and an upper-body injury to show from the first 14 games.  Pacioretty would go on a run of 13 in 10 before another short stint on the sidelines.  But in the 25 since, the former Hab has proved his worth with 11 goals, five assists, 86 shots and 56 hits while skating with Paul Stastny – and now with Mark Stone – on the Golden Knights' second line.

Jake DeBrusk, BOS (Yahoo: 55%, ESPN: 52%, CBS: 75%): DeBrusk sputtered out of the gate, slowly worked his way back, and has been unstoppable the last month.  Over the last 10 matchups, the son of Louie has exploded for 15 points – including five on the power play.  DeBrusk looks like a perfect fit with veteran David Krejci and a natural with the big guns on Boston's top man-advantage.  And the scary thing is he's still 22 and has plenty of room to grow.

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