This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
Welcome back to another season of Waiver Wire.
This column will continue to cover the top available players while trying to avoid repeats unless necessary or later in the season when they can't be avoided. A couple "special" editions will appear over the next six months, but the standard weekly format will consist of forwards, defensemen and goalies with a concluding compilation of past mentions who still qualify.
To prepare you for Opening Night on Oct. 2 (happy birthday to me!), you'll find a list below of some NHLers who are surprisingly under-owned as we head into the final week of drafts. But first, here are some tips to help you succeed on the waiver front. Some of the ideas may look straightforward but they definitely require repetition. And because you'll probably forget these points right after reading this, I'll reinforce them throughout the season:
Check the News
If you want to do well, then you've got to stay on top of all the latest hockey happenings. Whether it's a trade, a personnel change, or a major injury, keeping current is key.
Check the Wire
After the news has been announced, head straight to the waiver wire to confirm availability. Compare with others to find the best candidate.
Check the Roster
Got anyone on your team worth dropping? Will the player you want to pick up be an improvement? If the answer to both is yes, then make the move before others beat you to it.
Manage the Roster