Nashville Predators v Anaheim Ducks

Looking for offense on the waiver wire is always a tough assignment. You might be in the situation where you just lost Ryan Kesler for 4-6 weeks, or you took a chance on early surprises in Daniel Winnik or Mikkel Boedker, but one thing that will always help a players stock on the wire is news of being promoted to the team’s top line. Enter the little known Kyle Palmieri.

Coming into action Wednesday night, Palmieri had recorded just four goals and two assists in 17 games, with all four goals coming in his first seven games. Usually, after failing to score in ten straight games, the word demotion is used to describe the next move for the player, but in the case of Palmieri, promotion was the word used before Wednesday’s tilt against the Predators, and he didn’t’ disappoint.

The former first round selection by the Ducks in the 2009 draft found out he would be playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry the morning of the game, and rewarded coach Boudreau by recording a natural hat trick, the sixth in Ducks history.

 

Unlike others players who owners rush out to acquire after a night like this, Palmieri is a great pick up due to his status on the top line. Currently he’s owned in just four percent of Yahoo Leagues and one percent of ESPN Leagues. In case you’re wondering, the Ducks schedule over the next four games will see them play against the Wild on March 1st, and the next three are all against the Coyotes, yes, three in a row against Phoenix.

For all those owners who waited and waited for Ryan Kesler to return, only to lose him again with a broken foot, here are a few players to look for on the wire to replace him.

Blue Jackets centre Vinny Prospal (Owned in 8 percent of Yahoo Leagues / 14 percent of ESPN Leagues)

Stats: 6 goals, 4 assists, -1, 33 shots

Ducks centre Andrew Cogliano (Owned in 3 percent of Yahoo Leagues / 1 percent of ESPN Leagues)

Stats: 5 goals, 4 assists, +6, 22 shots

Panthers centre Peter Mueller (Owned in 6 percent of Yahoo Leagues / 46 percent of ESPN Leagues)

Stats: 6 goals, 3 assists, +2, 43 shots

Top 5 pickups in Yahoo!

1. Francois Beauchemin (ANA)

2. Tomas Kopecky (FLA)

3. Jay Bouwmeester (CGY)

4. James Reimer (TOR)

5. Slava Voynov (LA)

Top 5 drops in Yahoo!

1. Ryan Kesler (VAN)

2. Ben Scrivens (TOR)

3. Raphael Diaz (MTL)

4. James Wisniewski (CLB)

5. Andy McDonald (STL)

Greatest Change in percentage owned on ESPN:

1. Benoit Pouliot (TB) 49.3%

2. Gabriel Landeskog (COL) 49.2%

3. Nazem Kadri (TOR) 32.1%

4. Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) 31.9%

5. Troy Brouwer (WAS) 30.4%

If you any fantasy questions this season, let me know in the comment section, and good luck this week.