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

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

Six weeks into the season.  If you're in front, keep it going and stay active.  And it's way too early to panic should your squad be struggling, as plenty of recruits and alternate strategies exist.

You know the deal.  Look at these players, check their status, and — if available — decide if they're right for you.

(Ownership rates/stats as of Nov. 14.)

FORWARDS

Kaapo Kakko, NYR (Yahoo: 48%, ESPN: 66%, CBS: 77%): Kakko is surely gone in keeper formats, but he's available in roughly half of Yahoo leagues most likely due to his slow start.  The Finnish phenom only produced three points and 19 shots in his first 11 NHL games, but has since broken out with four goals in the last five — including the OT winner versus Pittsburgh on Tuesday.  Kakko may find himself on the Rangers' third line, but he's patrolling the first power play and should eventually move up the depth chart based on recent efforts.

Zack Kassian, EDM (Yahoo: 41%, ESPN: 22%, CBS: 56%): Riding shotgun with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will enhance any forward's stat line; just ask Kassian.  The winger, who has never notched more than 29 points at the pro level, is enjoying his stint with Edmonton's Big Two to the tune of six goals and eight assists.  For someone who averaged 100-plus PIM the last six campaigns, those numbers have dropped to 16 in 20 games.  And while Kassian isn't involved on the Oilers' man-advantage, he'll continue

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