NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week
NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

Fantasy hockey doesn't have to be scary.  An injury or two won't be the death of your team.  And if you properly use the right "tricks" in daily/weekly activity, then you should earn the right "treats" throughout the season.  But make sure to check before making any moves, because the devil's in the details.

Check out our latest offerings to keep you out of the cellar.  These players won't make you scream, but they possess the potential to become monsters when it comes to production.

(Ownership rates/stats as of Oct. 31.)

FORWARDS

James van Riemsdyk, PHI (Yahoo: 42%, ESPN: 65%, CBS: 72%): Things didn't start off promising for van Riemsdyk as he went scoreless in the first seven games, though a turnaround appeared imminent as he had fired 35 shots on net during that span.  The two-time 30-goal scorer would fulfill that promise with three goals and three assists in his next three.  The original slump left van Riemsdyk available in more leagues, so you shouldn't hesitate picking up a player who features on the Flyers' top even-strength and power-play units. 

Joel Armia, MON (Yahoo: 37%, ESPN: 26%, CBS: 43%): Speaking of talented power forwards, Armia has already broken out for six goals through his first 10 contests — including three on the man-advantage.  In addition to eight points, the 2011 first-round selection has also recorded 28 shots and 28 hits.  He's enhanced his resume by skating about 17 minutes a night, with 2:38 of those while up

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