This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
2018 is almost over. Let's finish it off with a fantasy flourish.
A three-day NHL break begins Monday, but Wednesday allows us the pleasure of watching the most exciting annual hockey tournament: the IIHF World Junior Championships. The host Canadians enter as defending champs and favorites to repeat, but they'll get plenty of competition from a strong US side that could feature both Hughes brothers, the always-tough Finns and Swedes, and the talent-laden Czech and Russian clubs.
In the meantime, let's continue our look at a few professional players who deserve more consideration:
(Ownership rates/stats as of Dec. 20)
James van Riemsdyk, PHI (Yahoo: 51%, ESPN: 71%, CBS: 70%): Van Riemsdyk's Philly comeback was halted by an early-October injury which forced him out of the next 16 games. And even when JVR returned, he only found the scoresheet in one of his first eight appearances. However, in his last six, the big winger has notched five points while averaging close to three minutes on the power play. Fellow RotoWire scribe Janet Eagleson recently confessed to swiping van Riemsdyk from under our noses in the Y! Friends and Family League, so let that be your lesson and pick him up ASAP.
Anthony Beauvillier, NYI (Yahoo: 6%, ESPN: 2%, CBS: 20%): While Josh Ho-Sang (22 points in 26 AHL matches) is earning press for his promotion back to the NHL, there's another promising Islander youngster who's already producing. Beauvillier recorded 21 goals last year and is currently more than