To say the injury bug has ravaged fantasy rosters around the world in recent weeks would be an understatement.
High-profile fantasy forwards (i.e. Evgeni Malkin, Vladimir Tarasenko, Rick Nash) have been placed on injured reserve by their respective teams in recent days, meaning many owners are on the lookout for help in a number of offensive categories. Most notably, there's a high demand for power-play productivity from available waiver wire assets.
It goes without saying that it will be difficult to replace the fantasy impact of a player like Malkin, who leads the NHL with 14 PPP this season, but the players below could at least keep your team afloat with consistent production with the man advantage -- as well as in other stat categories.
Troy Brouwer (RW, Washington Capitals)
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 12
SOG: 38 | +/-: -5
Brouwer has seen a heightened power-play role following the offseason departure of Alexander Semin
, and the results have been better than anyone expected.
After only seeing 2:08 per game with the man advantage last season, the 27-year-old has seen nearly four minutes of power-play ice time per game through 17 games. He has already reeled off eight power-play points (T-18th in NHL) this season, nearly doubling his output a season ago (5 PPP in 82 games).
The Capitals have been one of the League's biggest disappointments so far in 2012-13, but the team has actually posted the second-best conversion percentage with the man advantage in the NHL (28.8). Brouwer has taken full advantage of his power-play time with Mike Ribeiro (12 PPP, T-2nd in NHL), Alex Ovechkin and his even strength linemate Nicklas Backstrom -- proving he deserves more fantasy ownership than he currently holds (22 percent in Yahoo! leagues).
He scored his fourth power-play goal and eighth overall this season in Saturday's rout of the New Jersey Devils and could become even more valuable if Washington finally hits its stride offensively. Brouwer's totals of 22 PIMs, 38 SOG and 41 hits show his value goes beyond his power-play production.
Brad Boyes (C/RW, New York Islanders)
Right Wing - NYI
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 15
SOG: 36 | +/-: -8
At the start of the season, the Islanders were hoping Kyle Okposo
could help fill the top-line void left by PA Parenteau
, who signed with the Colorado Avalanche
over the summer. Instead, it's been Boyes who has answered the call, blending nicely with John Tavares
and Matt Moulson
-- the only teammates in the NHL with 10-plus goals apiece this season. Boyes assisted on Moulson's goal in Sunday's loss to the Carolina Hurricanes
and now has points in three straight games for the Islanders.
Boyes seems to have found his niche on Long Island after a disappointing tenure with the Buffalo Sabres. He's seen 3:54 per game on the power play this season, notching a goal and six helpers in those situations. If Brouwer isn't available in your league, the dual-eligible Boyes can be a short-term injury replacement for either Malkin or Tarasenko because of his position eligibility. Owned in only 18 percent of leagues, he's at the forefront of his team's offensive game plan and should be owned in deep leagues as a result. While his minus-8 rating is nothing to brag about, it's wise to take the good with the bad in this case as your fantasy team tries to weather the storm of injuries.
Other readily available players with power-play productivity: Alex Tanguay (LW - owned in 28 percent), Tyler Bozak (C - 18 percent), Vinny Prospal (C/LW - 8 percent)