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

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

Welcome to 2020. May all your fantasy (hockey) dreams come true.

Just because you might have celebrated too much, that's no excuse to avoid improving your lineups.  We're back with more waiver suggestions to help.  And as the calendar has flipped to the new year, you may see previous examples from earlier this season who still aren't receiving enough coverage — and, unless necessary, no one who's been mentioned in the last month.:

(Ownership rates/stats as of Jan. 2.)

Forwards

Patric Hornqvist, PIT (Yahoo: 46%, ESPN: 30%, CBS: 41%): Hornqvist returned Saturday from a 10-game absence with a lower-body injury and immediately found his way back onto Pittsburgh's elite power play.  In his second game Monday, the power forward notched a goal, an assist and five shots.  He's positioned on the third line, but should eventually return to the top six.  And with Sidney Crosby projected to reappear sometime this month, Hornqvist could end up reuniting with his favorite center.

Ondrej Palat, TB (Yahoo: 36%, ESPN: 15%, CBS: 46%): Our first repeat entry was originally discussed in November during a slight resurgence.  Since then, Palat has racked up 15 points  — including six on the man-advantage — while firing 56 pucks on net and dishing out 65 hits.  The career Bolt's value has skyrocketed due to a regular role with Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point during even-strength situations.  Palat might have been injury prone at one time, but he's too solid a performer to pass up.

Zach Hyman

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