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.

Comments (7)

  1. Don’t get to watch many Rangers games, but is Hagelin still a viable option? Oh, and what’s up with Rinne? I just traded Nash and Horton for him (lopsided for me I think, and the owner just dropped Horton for Pavelek – but he’s in first place for some reason, so screw him. He also traded his Patrick Kane for Kunitz this week – not sure what to make of that aside from oh, he’s an idiot). This is in a Yahoo! H2H winners league (standard stats) wherein I drafted Hartnell, Malkin, Skinner, Kipper, and Nash. Safe to say, it’s not going well.

  2. Erik – Hagelin has been quiet over the last three games, but went through a 5 game stretch this month where he had 5 goals and 3 assists. Great deal for you getting Rinne for Nash and Horton as well.

  3. Where do you see Ryan O’Reilly’s fantasy value going with the Flames? Any comparable or projections?

  4. I’m interested in acquiring nicklas backstrom in a trade, I have burrows and Brunner who right now I’d be willing to deal. Is he worth going after for that price and if so which one would u rather see go?

  5. Colin – O’Reilly hasn’t played in a few months, so it’s going to be a while before we see the 2011-2012 version when he recorded 55 points. Expect him back in the lineup by next weekend.

  6. Steve – I think a Backstrom for Burrows deal works, but not for Brunner.. Brunner’s 4 point game last weekend is just a reminder on how good this kid really is.

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