This week in the waiver wire we look at farming for potential prospects that went undrafted in many leagues but are close to being fantasy relevant in the NHL and would be worth adding to your keeper roster.
Teemu Pulkkinen W, Detroit Red Wings – 28% Fantrax Owned
Pulkkinen is a small offensive winger at 5’10” 198 pounds but his offensive instincts and creativity make him a high-end prospect. He has quick hands and a sniper mentality. His shoot is very hard and accurate with a quick and dangerous release. Since arriving in North America he has developed his defensive game while with Grand Rapids. In his 44 games with Grand Rapids this season he scored 30 goals and had 27 assists before being called up to the NHL where he has one goal in seven games with the Wings. If he remains in the NHL for the remainder of the season or not, he is worth an add to your keeper roster.
Joel Armia RW, Winnipeg Jets – 24% Fantrax Owned
Stock in Armia went through the roof after his performance for Finland at the World Juniors, but has been in slow and steady decline since. His failure to crack the woeful Buffalo Sabres roster caused many to write this prospect off. But he has skilled hands and is efficient at scoring in close goals. He has excellent hand eye coordination and for a big man, has quick feet and soft hands and can dance around defenders. With a change of scenery in Winnipeg he is well worth investing in.
Eric Comrie, G Winnipeg Jets – 15% Fantrax Owned
The Jets prospect pool is perhaps the best in the NHL and with Comrie they boast one of the most underrated and perhaps best goalie prospects. Comrie has strong lateral movement going from post to post and has been training in the off seasons with Tri-City Americans owner Olaf Kolzig and alumni Carey Price. His performance at the World Juniors winning the Gold Medal with Canada was also very impressive. He may turn out to be the best goalie in his 2013 draft class.
Brendan Leipsic, W Toronto Maple Leafs – 12% Fantrax Owned
Recently acquired by the Leafs in the deal that sent Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli back to Nashville, Leipsic was previously best known for his antics including drinking from the opposition’s goalies water bottle. That move was just one of his irritable tactics that gets under players skins in the mold of former Leaf Darcy Tucker or Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens. Like those players, Leipsic is a little small by NHL standards but is feisty and aggressive none the less and has begun to develop similar offensive upside. You will love to own this player, and hate him on other teams so it’s best to pick him up for cheap now.
Nick Paul, C Ottawa Senators – 6% Fantrax Owned
Best known from the Jason Spezza trade, Paul will soon establish his name on the merit of his play on the ice. Last season in the OHL, Paul helped lead North Bay to the Conference finals and this year has his team in a strong position to best last year’s high. Paul also gained notoriety after making team Canada at this year’s World Juniors where his two-way play stood out as much as his size. The Senators were adamant he was involved in the Spezza deal and it is beginning to look like they knew something few others knew. Be like the Sens and snap up Paul before the word gets out.
Tyler Graovac, C Minnesota Wild – 5% Fantrax Owned
Graovac has good size at 6’3” and was a late blooming scorer in junior. His offensive game has continued to develop in the AHL and has seen a small taste of NHL duty this season playing three games but did not produce any points. In 52 AHL games this season he has 16 goals and 19 assists
Andreas Johnson Toronto Maple Leafs, Chris Tierney San Jose Sharks, Mike Matheson Florida Panthers, Justin Bailey Buffalo Sabres, Mike McCarron Montreal Canadiens