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NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week

Neil Parker

A loyal Cubs, Cowboys and Maple Leafs fan for decades, Neil has contributed to RotoWire since 2014. He previously worked for USA Today Fantasy Sports.

A noticeable trend in this space through two months is the lasting availability of young players who have pedigree and are scoring. The waiver-wire “last-calls” for Mathew Barzal and Brock Boeser, for example, lasted far longer than they should have.

Perhaps there are a lot of shallow leagues. Still, make no mistake, the salary-cap era and refocus on speed and talent across the NHL has tilted the ice in favor of young scorers.

Kevin Fiala has been a lock in this column all year, and Jesse Puljujarvi could be on the verge of exploding. These are high-end talents playing in top-six roles, so don’t be afraid to take a chance on them.

Here's the schedule for the next scoring period from Dec. 18-24:

Two games: Flames, Blackhawks, Golden Knights

Four games: Ducks, Bruins, Blue Jackets, Flyers

All other teams play three games next week

Ensure to keep tabs on who is cut in your leagues, and also remember to check the

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