This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
February is here and so is the lousy weather. If you're fortunate to live in a warmer climate, you can go back to enjoying cocktails while suntanning in the backyard. (And no, Winnipeggers, you probably shouldn't be doing those activities when it's -13 Celsius.)
The following player recommendations aren't guaranteed to heat up your fantasy squads, but they definitely won't freeze any momentum:
(Ownership rates/stats as of Feb. 6.)
Gustav Nyquist, CLS (Yahoo: 25%, ESPN: 58%, CBS: 59%): Since being featured at the end of October, Nyquist has reeled off 28 points — including nine on the power play — and 78 shots in 42 games. The former Red Wing has also enjoyed a regular role on Columbus' top line for both even-strength and man-advantage situations. With the Blue Jackets flying high lately and looking to maintain their hold on a playoff position, Nyquist is in line to continue getting plenty of scoring chances.
Barclay Goodrow, SJ (Yahoo: 14%, ESPN: 8%, CBS: 15%): Following five seasons in the OHL and going undrafted, Goodrow signed with San Jose in early 2014. He developed slowly at the NHL level for a few years while excelling in the AHL. When Logan Couture went down in early January, other forwards were bound to earn more opportunities. Through the last 10 games, Goodrow hasn't wowed anyone with his offense based on the goal and three assists. But during the same stretch, he's also accumulated 17 PIM, 30 hits, nine blocks and 63