NHL Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week

NHL Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

This column has recently focused on underperforming teams, so let's switch to those who have fared better than expected. We knew the Bolts and Golden Knights were stacked and the Canes and Leafs would be somewhere in the mix, but did anyone honestly believe the Panthers and Islanders would be this high in the overall standings? Or the Wild ranking second in the West?

We're roughly at the halfway point, so there's lots of time to either maintain fantasy strength or make a move. Be sure to check the latest player news on RotoWire and our related hockey content to set your lineups and manage your rosters.

There's no such thing as too much hockey. The only thing you should be worried about while watching three games simultaneously is why you're not watching four. No protocol-related delays to mention as of this writing.

(Rostered rates/stats as of March 18)

Forwards

Jakub Voracek, PHI (Yahoo: 45%, ESPN: 69%, CBS: 84%): 21 points in 24 games. That's probably all that needs to be said to convince you Voracek is worthy of being on more fantasy squads. Wait, you want more? OK, there's the six power-play assists and the almost three-minute average in that situation. And you can ignore the 9-0 thrashing to the Rangers on Wednesday as every Flyer underperformed. Voracek may be 31, but he's not showing any signs of old age with eight points and 22 shots through eight this month.

Clayton Keller, ARI (Yahoo: 42%, ESPN: 41%,

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