Every Monday, NHL.com identifies potential waiver-wire pickups and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.
The rookie crop this season has been as good as advertised. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, the first pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, had 12 points in 13 games before sustaining a shoulder injury which will keep him out of action for a few months. Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres, the No. 2 pick, has five goals. Max Domi of the Arizona Coyotes has 12 points, as does Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks.
But here's a player no one's been talking about although he's second in points among rookie defensemen: Colin Miller of the Boston Bruins.
The 23-year-old is owned in only 21 percent of leagues. Miller had a six-game point streak (one goal, five assists) end Sunday against the New York Islanders, but don't expect many more zeroes on the scoresheet from him. He's seeing his share of power-play time on the Bruins' high-powered offense (averaging more than three goals per game), ranking behind only Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara among Bruins defensemen.
Miller has looked awfully impressive in his rookie season and is available in almost 80 percent of Leagues, so grab him if St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Colton Parayko (74 percent owned), who has 10 points in 14 games, is taken.
Kyle Palmieri, LW/RW, New Jersey Devils (28 percent owned)
Palmieri has seen his ownership skyrocket from 11 percent earlier this week and rightfully so. He has four goals and nine points in his past six games, with five of them coming on the power play. Palmieri has taken the second-most shots on the Devils (38) and appears poised to surpass his career-highs in goals (14) and points (31). He could be the offensive weapon the Devils have been searching for, and in the process help your fantasy team.
Dale Weise, RW, Montreal Canadiens (38 percent owned)
Weise is tied with Max Pacioretty for the team lead in goals (eight) and is second in shooting percentage (20.5). He doesn't even play on the top-two lines and is definitely making the most of his ice time (13:39 per game). The 27-year-old is two goals from matching a career high set last season and should score more than the 29 points he had last season and surpass 100 shots for the first time in his career. He has five goals in his past four games.
Sam Bennett, C, Calgary Flames (12 percent owned)
Bennett made his NHL debut last season, playing one game in the regular season before playing 11 more in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he had three goals. That playoff experience appears to have helped him; he has three goals and nine points in 14 games this season. Bennett, the No. 4 pick in 2014, has three goals and eight points in his past five games after having one assist in his first eight games.
Center - CGY
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 9
SOG: 18 | +/-: 0
He appears more confident on the ice, taking more shots, delivering more hits and even blocking some shots. Perhaps playing with Mikael Backlund and Michal Frolik will help him continue to thrive offensively.
Michal Neuvirth, G, Philadelphia Flyers (32 percent owned)
It's not often worth considering a backup goalie when the team's starter isn't injured, but Neuvirth has started six games and played so well, he should see an increased role. He's 3-2-1 with a 1.81 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage. Neuvirth made 28 saves in a 3-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and has a shutout in each of his three wins. He leads the NHL in shutouts as well as save percentage. Neuvirth could steal a few more starts from Steve Mason, who has two wins in eight games (2-4-2) to go along with a 3.34 GAA.
-- The biggest story last week was what the Oilers would do to their lines without McDavid. He had been mostly on a line with Benoit Pouliot and Nail Yakupov. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins replaced McDavid on that line. Taylor Hall skated with Jordan Eberle and Leon Draisaitl; Eberle made his season debut Friday after missing 13 games with a shoulder injury.
-- Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk practiced on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Dylan Larkin on Monday. The veteran forward could make his season debut this week after having offseason ankle surgery. Datsyuk's return could further boost the value of Larkin, who has 10 points and a plus-11 rating (T-1st in NHL) in 14 games as a rookie.
Center - DET
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 10
SOG: 35 | +/-: 11
-- Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise sustained an MCL sprain Thursday and will miss at least a week, but perhaps longer. He was on the top line with Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund, and Charlie Coyle got to play with them Saturday. Coyle assisted on the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
-- Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov have been very productive this season. Kane is tied for the League lead in goals (10) and points (23), and Panarin leads rookies in scoring with 15 points in 15 games. The three were separated Friday with Kane and Anisimov playing with Teuvo Teravainen and Panarin playing mostly with Jonathan Toews and a rotating third forward. Toews' usual linemate Marian Hossa missed the game Friday because of an injury.
When Hossa returned Sunday, he was reunited with Toews and Teravainen, and Kane, Panarin and Anisimov were back together as well. The three continued their dominance, combining for four goals and five assists in a 4-2 win against the Oilers.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames each play four games this week. Each of the Flames games will be on the road.
The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins each play twice this week. Boston doesn't play until Thursday, so be sure to set your lineups accordingly. The 24 other teams have three games each this week.
The Ducks (four straight wins at Honda Center), Dallas Stars (5-1-0 at American Airlines Center), Los Angeles Kings (5-1-0 in past six at Staples Center) and Nashville Predators (4-1-1 at Bridgestone Arena) will each play three games at home.
The Avalanche might be glad to go on the road for three games; they are 2-5-1 at Pepsi Center. … The New York Islanders, who have lost five of six, play three games in four nights on a western road trip. … The Vancouver Canucks continue their season-long seven-game road trip. … The Winnipeg Jets begin a four-game road trip with three games this week.