This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
We're back to the fantasy hockey grind. With the preseason done and the real action two days in, it's important to monitor your rosters and the available player pool.
This is usually the point of my inaugural column where I provide a brief evergreen course about the waiver wire, which covers how it functions and the best ways to use it throughout the season. But I'll condense that even further by highlighting the need to regularly pay attention to what's happening in the NHL and adjust accordingly, try not to hold on to underperformers too long, and remember to set your lineups on time.
To start, let's look at some fantasy players who deserve more attention.
(Rostered rates/stats as of Oct. 14.)
Joel Eriksson Ek, MIN (Yahoo Rostered Rate: 45%): It's taken a while for the 2015 first-rounder to get the offense going and the career-high 30 points from 2020-21 doesn't sound like much, but consider 13 — including eight goals — came in the final 21 games. As Minnesota's top center, Eriksson Ek has already clicked with linemates Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello. Even if the Swede doesn't reach the 50-or-so projected points, he's set to be a power-play regular (in addition to a prominent PK position) and isn't afraid to use his body having finished second on the Wild last season in hits (105).
Jared McCann, SEA (32%): If we can take anything from the Kraken's NHL debut, it's that they'll score enough goals.