Another week is behind us in the fantasy hockey season, and it is time to once again take a run through the fantasy hockey waiver wire. With the shortened NHL season, injuries are playing a bigger role than they normally would, and thus wreaking havoc on fantasy leagues. Who are the players you need to know about that could help you win your week and ultimately your league?
Artem Anisimov, center, Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets center had a fantastic week, checking in with two goals and four assists over that span. He also was a plus-3 and had two penalty minutes. Anisimov is an interesting case, in that the Blue Jackets are still fighting to reach the postseason, which means their team, and their best players, should be more than motivated to put their maximum effort in night in and night out. If you are looking for a push scoring-wise as we approach the fantasy hockey postseason, keep an eye on Anisimov. The forward is owned in just 7 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled.
Martin Erat, right wing, Nashville Predators
The Predators right wing was solid over the past week, collecting five assists over that time. Erat also contributed two points with the man advantage, which gives him even a bit more value. Erat is a player who, while the points have not been there all season, appears to have found a bit of a scoring touch at the perfect time of the year. If this scoring run can continue at its current pace, Erat is worth a look in deeper leagues. Erat is owned in only 21 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled.
Tyler Bozak, center, Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs center had a goal and four assists over his last two games, which is a nice little run of points from a fantasy hockey perspective. Bozak is currently residing on a line including forwards Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupal that appears to be finding their stride a bit as Toronto continues to roll towards the postseason. The Leafs still have plenty to play for, so Bozak should continue to have every opportunity to collect points. Bozak is owned on just 19 percent of all fantasy leagues polled.
Derek Roy, center, Dallas Stars
The Stars center has found the score sheet consistently over the last three games, collecting a goal and four assists over that span. Roy has not collected points at that point all season, so it may be another case of a player getting hot at the perfect time fantasy hockey wise. Roy also collected two points with the man advantage, as well, which gives him extra value to a fantasy hockey team. Roy is owned in only 23 percent of all leagues polled, and needs to be considered if you are looking for forwards that can collect points in this crucial time of the season.
That will do it for this week's edition of the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire. Make sure you check back for the Fantasy Hockey Planner and look for Fantasy Hockey Trends earlier next week as we help you win your fantasy hockey week and leagues.