NHL Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week

NHL Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

The fantasy season is winding down. Playoff spots are up for grabs. And by this time next week, we'll see a few NHLers change locations as a result of Monday's trade deadline.

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Jared McCann, PIT (Yahoo: 32%, ESPN: 23%, CBS: 26%): Evgeni who? Since the Russian star went down with a lower-body injury, McCann has exploded for eight points and 28 shots in nine games. Included in that scoring spree are five on the Pens' premier power play — with four of those goals. Malkin is still at least a couple of weeks from coming back, so McCann should keep centering the second line and getting plenty of offensive opportunities.

Anthony Mantha, DET (Yahoo: 19%, ESPN: 57%, CBS: 48%): Mantha started the season with points in seven of 11 outings, but the production dried up for most of February. Things have turned around for the 2013 first-rounder since March 11 with four goals, six assists, and 33 shots. It may be surprising that none of his 10 recent points came on the man-advantage since he's averaged more than two minutes in that span. And even with a move away from Dylan Larkin,

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