Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire: Cory Conacher, Saku Koivu and more

by Mike Corcoran on January 25, 2013 @ 15:24:23 PDT


Finally we have hockey. With an eventful first week of the season almost completely in the books, it is never too early to start looking at your fantasy hockey team to see where you can make improvements on your roster. With the shortened season, it will be more important than ever to play the hot hand in terms of working the waiver wire, so for the first time this season, here is this week's addition of the waiver wire. These are the players you need to know about to help you win your week.

Cory Conacher, left wing, Tampa Bay Lightning

If you saw our mention of Conacher in the sleepers piece we did at the beginning of the year and picked him up, you enjoyed a great first week of fantasy hockey production from the rookie. Conacher has checked in with two goals and three assists in his first three games. One of the things that makes Conacher a must-own is that he does it all. He plays on a scoring line with players like Marty St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier. He also gets power play time. Conacher is owned in only 29 percent of all fantasy leagues polled; if he is available in your league, pick him up.

Jason LaBarbera, goaltender, Phoenix Coyotes

One of the big story lines of the first week of the season has been injuries, and one of those to go down with a lower-body injury was Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. As a result, the door opens up for backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera, at least in the short term. Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said that the Smith injury was caught early and so hopefully it won't linger. Still, with Smith's injury history, if you need goaltending help in the early going, take a shot with LaBarbera as he is owned in only 4 percent of all leagues polled. Keep an eye on the goaltending situation in the desert.

Cory Conacher, Tampa Bay Lightning

Daniel Winnik, left wing, Colorado Avalanche

This is an interesting case from a fantasy hockey perspective. Winnik is off to a terrific start, with two goals in each of his first two games. The problem with Winnik moving forward is you just don't know how long a run like this will last. Winnik's career high in goals is just 11, so it is tough to say if this is just a flash in the pan, or if he will be able to sustain a pace even close to this. Still, for the time being, Winnik is a player worth adding if you need help in the scoring department with the pace he is on. Winnik is owned in 20 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled.

Saku Koivu, center, Anaheim Ducks

Koivu is off to a terrific start for Ducks, checking in with a goal and four assists in the first week of play. While he has not done anything on the power play yet to this point, you can't ignore the type of production he has had in the early part of the season. Koivu is owned in just 12 percent of all fantasy leagues polled and could be a valuable addition for teams that are struggling in the scoring department right out of the gate.

Raphael Diaz, defenseman, Montreal Canadiens

Diaz is off to a torrid start for the Canadiens, collecting five assists in his first three games, including three on the power play. Diaz is playing on the top power play unit, as well. Finding a defenseman that can rack up points can sometimes be a difficult task in fantasy hockey, but Diaz could be a good addition if you need scoring help from the blue line. Diaz is owned in 11 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled.

That will do it for this week's edition of the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire. Make sure you stay with all season long to stay up with the latest and greatest in the fantasy hockey world as we help you win your fantasy hockey league.

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About Mike Corcoran

Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.

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