With standard Yahoo Fantasy league playoffs beginning on March 17, owners around the globe are hoping to put their best foot forward from this point on.
Unfortunately, those who own Colorado Avalanche forward PA Parenteau (63 percent) and/or Buffalo Sabres forward Chris Stewart (41 percent) will have to move on without their services.
Parenteau sustained a knee injury Monday and is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season. Stewart, who was traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Sabres on Feb. 28, only played two games for his new team before injuring his ankle in a collision on March 6. Sabres coach Ted Nolan has since said Stewart is likely done for 2013-14.
Owners of Chris Stewart and/or PA Parenteau will have to move on without their services as each is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. (Photo: Getty Images, Michael Martin/NHLI)
Despite being well off his 67-point pace of 2011-12, Parenteau was beginning to settle in on Colorado's top line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly. He had five goals and three assists in 12 games since Feb. 1, but is no longer fantasy relevant in one-year leagues, as he won't return until the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the earliest.
Stewart, a streaky but explosive offensive player with the Blues, is valuable in fantasy leagues that count penalty minutes. Among the 15 players League-wide with 100-plus PIMs, Stewart has the most goals (15). He is also the only forward of that group with 100-plus shots on goal. But due to injury, the 26-year-old wing will be forced to shift his focus to next season for the last-place Sabres.
So where should Parenteau or Stewart owners go from here on the waiver wire? Here are some readily available options in position to make a difference down the stretch based on lineup placement.
Teddy Purcell (RW, Tampa Bay Lightning)
Yahoo ownership: 45 percent
In the aftermath of the Martin St. Louis trade, Steven Stamkos has played alongside Purcell and Alex Killorn. Purcell produced offensively for fantasy owners in years past and had points in four of five games (Feb. 8 to March 4) prior to switching to Stamkos' line. Purcell is pointless over his ensuing three games, but is bound to start picking it up once that unit develops some continuity. He also sees 3:18 per game with the man advantage (14 power-play points), so he'll be in a good spot to close out the regular season.
Troy Brouwer (RW, Washington Capitals)
Yahoo ownership: 48 percent
Right Wing - WSH
POINTS: 32 | PPP: 16
SOG: 122 | PIMs: 86
Brouwer burst onto the scene with a well-rounded stat line in 2012-13 (16 PPP, 111 shots on goal, 108 hits) and has added penalty minutes to his fantasy profile this season (86 PIMs, 28th in NHL). His prowess in that category makes him a logical replacement for Stewart if available. Brouwer has maintained his power-play productivity (nine power-play goals, T-9th in NHL) this season and should continue to give the Capitals a dose of secondary scoring over their final 16 games.
Ales Hemsky (RW, Ottawa Senators)
Yahoo ownership: 18 percent
Skating alongside Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek since being traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Senators has already done wonders for Hemsky's fantasy stock. With six assists and eight shots on goal over three games, Hemsky is making the case for your fantasy roster. Matt Cubeta went in-depth on Hemsky in this week's "The Front Line."
Kyle Palmieri (C/RW, Anaheim Ducks)
Yahoo ownership: 4 percent
If you're in a deep format and looking for a bold waiver wire addition, look no further than Kyle Palmieri. He's playing for one of the League's best teams and alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, a point pair that has eclipsed Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz as the most productive duo in the League. Dustin Penner was traded to the Washington Capitals, so Palmieri, 23, has a chance to ride the coattails of that tandem and build on his respectable totals in points (24), rating (plus-10) and shots on goal (116).