This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
With the league's scoring showcase behind us, we can now focus on the second half. Time to build for a title, plan for next year or stay put. The choice is yours to make.
As there haven't been many games since the last edition, this week will switch to a different format. Some of the players mentioned below may be available in your league, but the focus here is not strictly confined to waiver activity. Instead, we will look at those who most exemplify a certain trait or trend. Categories – and a few examples for each, including a "winner" – have been shown so you can figure out whom to target and who shouldn't be worth your time for the remainder of the season.
We'll return with the usual material next week. But for now, please enjoy the following entertainment:
Handle with Care
Someone who has posted decent stats so far, but is in line to fall off the pace. Similar to the "Scheduled for a Landing" section from a December column, but this analysis will include different candidates.
With Kyle Turris (lower-body) set for a comeback, Colton Sissons (10 goals, 12 assists) could end up being pushed down the lineup. T.J. Brodie's hot streak (11 points in 11 games) almost seems like an anomaly, since he's skating the same minutes when he wasn't scoring earlier in the year. As good as Phillip Danault (33 points) has looked, you can't ignore the lack of special-teams duty.