Daniel Paille, LW (BUF): The Buffalo Sabres may be in the throes of an awful run, but Daniel Paille has been one of the lone bright spots. Paille has 12 points in his last 13 games and has been a consistent fantasy contributor for the Sabres. January has been his best month so far this season. He has seven points already after notching 15 in the previous three months. Previously, he was averaging about 11 minutes of playing time per game. That average has spiked to nearly 16 minutes per game in his last five games.
Chris Clark, RW (WAS): Washington Capitals captain Chris Clark had 30 goals last year playing alongside Alexander Ovechkin on the top line. This year, he's been battling a groin injury and recently tweaked it again. He seems to be nearing recovery and if the injury doesn't linger, Clark should have good value the second half of the season. You can expect him to go back to playing alongside Ovechkin when he's back.
Fredrik Modin, W (CLB): Freddy Modin has been out since November 1 with a back injury but returned on Saturday for the Blue Jackets. If he's still laying around on the waiver wire, he's worth a look. Modin will play on the top two lines and with the Rick and Nik Show on fire, playing with either one of those guys should make him valuable. He's a decent winger; he's notched at least 40 points or more in each of the last six seasons but should be playing with better weapons this year.
Patrick O'Sullivan, C (LA): Patrick O'Sullivan is the Los Angeles Kings top line center with Michael Cammalleri out, and his play has picked up as a result of playing between Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. O'Sullivan has eight points in nine January games and has 14 penalty minutes to boot. Center is the deepest position in fantasy hockey, so O'Sullivan's hot streak shouldn't knock your socks off, but he's a young prospect that is improving. If that's the case, it's best to buy low.
Dennis Wideman, D (BOS): Dennis "crazy legs" Wideman, who had the most embarrassing shootout attempt in NHL history, is actually proving to be a decent fantasy defenseman. He's second among Bruins' defensemen in points (20) and time on ice (24:15), and first in plus minus (+8). He's also had at least two penalty minutes in five of his last seven games. Not bad for a guy who's not owned in most leagues.
Jose Theodore, G (COL): The Colorado Avalanche is without Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny, yet Jose Theodore is having his best run in years. Theodore has won three of his last four games and notched his first shutout since 2004. His 2.51 goals against average is respectable, and more importantly, better than rival goaltender Peter Budaj's 2.63. Theodore is set to start his eighth straight game on Sunday night.