This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
When examining a fantasy situation, it's easy to get lost in the details. The finer points can help make decisions and/or recognize trends, but they prove less helpful if the bigger picture isn't considered.
A solid producer/hot performer might be available, but there's a chance he won't fit in your lineup. If you participate in a roto format, don't neglect categories — however, there is the exception later in the year where you know you can't catch up or be caught. Also, do not overload on position/category unless it's necessary to compete in a weekly head-to-head matchup.
With that lesson out of the way, check out the newest batch of mainly free recruits.
(Ownership rates/stats as of Jan. 16.)
Blake Coleman, NJ (Yahoo: 51%, ESPN: 25%, CBS: 22%): Coleman generally fills the stat sheet, but has never really succeeded when it comes to scoring. He's making a case to correct that with 18 goals, including a hat-trick Tuesday and seven tallies from the last eight games. During the same stretch, Coleman has also produced 41 shots and 29 hits while averaging 18:36. So if you're looking for a multi-talented forward — or just want a pickle — he makes a worthy candidate.
Christian Dvorak, ARI (Yahoo: 18%, ESPN: 23%, CBS: 39%): How can someone who centers the first line and top power play with Taylor Hall still be available in roughly four of every five leagues? Fine, so Dvorak isn't exactly lighting it up. And the Coyotes