This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
If you've been regularly following the NHL, you'll know how quickly momentum can change.
A trio of Metropolitan Division teams – Pittsburgh, Columbus, and the Islanders – endured slow starts but have roared to the top. And in the Pacific, it was believed early on that Vegas was regressing to normalcy and San Jose maybe made a mistake acquiring Erik Karlsson – but both situations have been quickly rectified.
Injuries have hurt Anaheim's attack all season, but a couple main providers have either recently returned or will be back soon. The staff switch in Philadelphia hasn't seemed to work, with the club having lost eight in a row. And after a high-flying start to the year, Ottawa is now taking residency near the NHL cellar.
In fantasy, the same type of scenarios can occur. Stop paying attention for a couple days or perform the wrong substitution/transaction and your team could lose ground. But the right pickups in the right situations can shoot you up the standings.
Perhaps one of these players will be able to help with the latter…
(Ownership rates/stats as of Jan. 10)
Tomas Tatar, MON (Yahoo: 56%, ESPN: 26%, CBS: 74%): After three respectable campaigns, Tatar dipped last year with a combined 36 points over 90 total games for Detroit and Vegas. Fortunately, he was provided a fresh start in September after being acquired by the Habs as part of the Max Pacioretty deal. And the Slovak winger has repaid Montreal's trust with 14 goals