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

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

Before we dive into the player recommendations, let's give thanks to the top fantasy producers from the first two months of the seasons.  No superstars are mentioned, as their excellent efforts would be expected.  Many could have been included here, but we've limited this to resemble an NHL starting lineup:

F: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, OTT: Probably the biggest surprise, thanks to 13 goals, six assists and a plus-17 rating.  Due to his outstanding two-way play and recently added power-play duty, it'll be tough to slow Pageau.

F: Andrei Svechnikov, CAR: Still a teenager, Svechnikov has gone off for 27 points Z — including 10 on the man-advantage.  The 63 shots on goal and 43 hits round out a balanced resume.

F: Evander Kane, SJ: Guess we shouldn't necessarily be shocked Kane has started so well based on back-to-back 50-point seasons, but we'll take the 12 goals, nine assists, nine PPPs, 51 hits and 24 PIM any time.

D: Dougie Hamilton, CAR: With 10 goals, 15 assists, eight PPPs, 82 shots and a plus-15 through 26 contests, Hamilton's on pace to destroy multiple career-highs.

D: Cale Makar, COL/Quinn Hughes, VAN: Have to include both rookies, as Makar is tied for second in the league with 25 points while Hughes leads all rearguards with 13 PPPs.

G: Darcy Kuemper, ARI: Even though Antti Raanta is taking enough starts, Kuemper — in tandem with the Arizona D — is proving last year's numbers were no fluke.

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