This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
Congrats to Canada for taking out the Russians to win the World Junior Championship. And don't worry, USA supporters, your team looks promising for next year — even in the projected Group of Death with Russia and Sweden.
But that tournament is in the past and the NHL version represents the present and future. Make your fantasy teams better. We're here to help, starting with these waiver-wire suggestions.
(Ownership rates/stats as of Jan. 9.)
Nico Hischier, NJ (Yahoo: 28%, ESPN: 68%, CBS: 60%): As Taylor Hall was dealt and Jack Hughes hasn't yet struck fear in the hearts of NHL opposition, other Devils have been asked to pick up the scoring slack. One is Hischier, who combined for 99 points in his first two seasons. The 2017 No. 1 pick has endured a couple mini-slumps along the way, but is heating up with five goals and five assists in his last 10 games. Hischier is also centering Jersey's first even-strength and power-play units, so those Yahoo ownership numbers should be higher.
Ilya Kovalchuk, MON (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 19%, CBS: 37%): After a sour end to Kovalchuk's career in the Garden State and a failed L.A. comeback, his arrival in Montreal may have left some skeptical. And then it was announced Monday the Russian star would make his Habs' debut that evening AND skate significant minutes. In two games, Kovy has produced three assists, five shots, eight hits and two blocks, averaging 20:23 — including 4:14 with the