This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
The injury bug has spread throughout the league. NHLers dropping out of lineups faster than a vintage Zdeno Chara slapshot.
If this wave hasn't hit your team, it's sure to be coming soon. I was thinking the other day how fortunate my RotoWire Staff Keeper Hockey League has been to avoid any significant casualties and then William Karlsson (broken foot) goes down for six weeks. Karlsson isn't a superstar and I could sub him out before Vegas's weekly debut, but there's the feeling others from the squad will follow him to the training room. (Oh, hi, Jonathan Drouin!)
There's nothing you can do to prevent players from getting hurt, though there's plenty of merit maintaining a solid bench. Depth is key for riding out a season, especially in today's fast and physical game. IR spots also help, but there's no substitute for a few sound substitutes.
Should you be down a man or more, a player listed below can help.
(Rostered rates/stats as of Nov. 4.)
Jonathan Toews, CHI (Yahoo: 51%): After a year away from hockey, Toews didn't register a point in his first five games even while averaging more than four minutes of power-play duty. Fortunately, he's hit his stride with six assists from the last six. Lining up as the third-line center doesn't do much to help Toews' cause, though a place alongside Patrick Kane and Co.