We focus on offense this week, and there are some familiar names available off the waiver wire. The drawback for the first two members of the risers list is likely due to plus/minus rating. Playing for non-contending teams has a negative effect, as a poor negative rating can offset any hot offensive production. We're seeing that from a majority of Florida Panthers players this season, who have some decent production, but way too much red in the plus/minus area. That's why it is best to try to focus on contenders on Draft Day.
Mike Cammalleri, center, Calgary Flames
Cammalleri actually hurt owners over this past weekend with an ugly minus-5 rating in three games from March 8 to March 11. However, his team's poor performance shouldn't be too much of a reflection on him. He has picked up his play with five goals and an assist over the past eight games, including two power-play markers. His ice time has been increasing, and he is a player who still can be one of the most dangerous snipers in the Western Conference. Beware of the plus/minus rating, as it can be rough, but he can also pile up points in bunches.
Vinny Prospal, left wing, Columbus Blue Jackets
In my big-money fantasy league, there was not one member of the Columbus Blue Jackets on any of the 23-player rosters on the 12 teams until two days ago when goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was re-added. That's pretty amazing. If any Columbus skater is worth picking up, it is Prospal. He has been instrumental in the team's recent, and unlikely, resurgence. He has posted three goals with five points and a respectable plus-1 rating in the past seven games dating back to Feb. 26. He had a three-game goal-scoring streak from March 1 to March 5 and is not afraid to take shots on goal (SOG). If your league gives extra reward for SOGs, then Prospal is your man, even when he isn't etching his name onto the scoresheet.
Chris Stewart, right wing, St. Louis Blues
The Blues have had their difficulties on offense lately, but it is no fault of Stewart's. He has posted two goals with seven points and a plus-2 rating over his past four games, and he has at least one point in 10 of his past 15 games dating back to Feb. 9. During the span, Stewart has amassed five goals and 17 points. There aren't too many point-per-game performers available off the waiver wire, but Stewart is surprisingly owned in just about three-quarters of all fantasy leagues. That means one in four leagues have just collectively quit or are simply not paying attention.
David Backes, center, St. Louis Blues
While Backes isn't someone to consider dropping, his stock is way, way down. He has managed just one goal in the past 14 games dating back to Feb. 9. He also has just one multi-point game during the stretch. The nice thing is that the confidence for Backes hasn't waned, and he continues to take multiple shots trying to snap himself out of his funk. And he has managed three assists over the past six games, so the production hasn't totally gone away. However, when the schedule is difficult, such as this past week with a long West Coast road trip, it's best to reserve Backes.
Ben Scrivens, goaltender, Toronto Maple Leafs
Scrivens was a hot addition off the waiver wire a couple of weeks ago when goaltender James Reimer (knee) was dealing with an injury. However, Reimer is back and he is getting a majority of the starts since he is playing well. If you're a Reimer owner, it's a good idea to hold onto Scrivens for depth just in case. However, if you added Scrivens as a No. 2 and do not have Reimer, there is no sense in having a low-end backup eating up a roster spot on your fantasy team.
Ian White, defenseman, Detroit Red Wings
White has shown promise in the past, but for whatever reason it is just not clicking for him anymore, and there is no sense hanging onto him for fantasy purposes. He is scoreless in each of his past eight games, and he hasn't scored a goal since his second game of the season Jan. 21 in Columbus. White has fallen into that ugly sixth or seventh defenseman role, where he typically spends time dressed in a suit in the press box.
About Daniel Dobish
Daniel is a Hot Off the Wire Analyst who joined the KFFL staff in 2010. He is a veteran of the fantasy industry dating back to 1999, with stops at CBSSports.com, The Sports Forecaster, OPENSports.com and RotoExperts.com. His work has also appeared on NFL.com and Yahoo.com. Daniel was named the 2011 Fantasy Golf Writer of the Year, 2011 Fantasy Racing Writer of the Year, and he was nominated for the 2011 Fantasy Hockey Writer of the Year. Daniel lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.