This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
It's always nice for a couple players to magically return at the last minute, especially when they're significant upgrades. The roster was starting to look mediocre and then suddenly, boom, you're ready to compete with anyone. Or just about anyone.
We're around the time when you can figure out whether your team is ready to compete or looking to next season. If you're carrying many injuries and many are long-term, then maybe it's time to seek out future considerations. But if the casualties are minimal and your early woes are mainly due to bad luck, keep fighting for the money. Maybe an acquisition or two from a struggling side can push you back to winning ways.
And if trades aren't available or compatible, perhaps one of these pickups will help.
(Rostered rates/stats as of Nov. 18.)
Nazem Kadri, COL (Yahoo: 53%): While poolies flocked to Logan O'Connor (18 percent) based on his even-strength spot alongside Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog, it's good to see people didn't forget about Kadri. Although the former Leaf lines up as the Avs' second center at five-on-five, he's part of their top power play where he's produced six points. And the last seven games, Kadri has racked up four goals, nine assists, 21 shots, 17 PIM, and 60 faceoff wins.
Ryan Hartman, MIN (Yahoo: 46%): We may be