Minutes Eaters: Players to Watch This Week
Minutes Eaters: Players to Watch This Week

It's the time for giving, so we're going on a deeper dive into the waiver wire pool this week. Those looking for the sneaky midseason pick-up might find names of interest here.

MacKenzie Blackwood, Devils

The Devils did no favors for Blackwood in his first career start, allowing 38 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Jackets. But the good news is that Blackwood looked very good, and he will stay with the team as long as Cory Schneider remains injured. Blackwood will take a backseat to Keith Kinkaid, who has played 28 of 34 games this season, but the 2015 second-round pick is only 22 and clearly the team's future goalie. Ideally, Blackwood would start every game for AHL Binghamton, but if the Devils fall further out of the playoff race and Schneider doesn't return, they might contemplate a 50-50 timeshare for the rest of the season.

Collin Delia, Blackhawks

He is in a similar situation as Blackwood, with Corey Crawford's return uncertain and Cam Ward clearly not a long-term solution. Delia's got the zero-to-hero narrative going; he signed last year as an undrafted free agent from Merrimack College where he was Hockey East's Goaltender of the Year, only to struggle in his first pro season before compiling some outstanding performances this season. In his first career start against the Avs, he allowed just one goal on 36 shots, and his stock is skyrocketing. Have the Blackhawks found a true diamond in the rough and

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