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

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

Less than two weeks to complete your holiday shopping.  Many items are available and even more decisions need to be made. And then there's the associated joy, pain and frustration.  Don't worry; you'll get through it fine.  So, what shiny fantasy items are you planning to get?

The temperature might be cooling down in various areas, but that shouldn't prevent your teams from heating up.  Here are a few warm bodies to enhance your lineups:

(Ownership rates/stats as of Dec. 12.)

Forwards

Bryan Rust, PIT (Yahoo: 40%, ESPN: 40%, CBS: 68%): Rust adequately contributed in past years, but a lack of power-play time seemed to hinder his ownership numbers.  Thanks to injuries up front, he's skating on the Pens' top unit and has produced three points there.  And when you combine that with a permanent place beside Evgeni Malkin and an impressive run of nine goals and nine assists from his last 17 games, Rust qualifies as a must-add.

Anthony Duclair, OTT (Yahoo: 39%, ESPN: 14%, CBS: 39%): After bouncing across four NHL organizations, Duclair has settled in since his move to Ottawa in February.  He began his tour of the Nation's Capital by producing eight goals and six assists during a 21-game stint.  And the 24-year-old hasn't let up this year with 22 points and 101 shots over 32 contests.  As the Senators' forward contingent is full of young and exciting talent, Duclair should continue to receive plenty of offensive opportunities.

Brett Connolly, FLA (Yahoo: 19%,

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