Bryan McCabe, D (TOR): Bryan McCabe has returned from a wrist injury and has notched one power play point in his two games back. The bottom line here is that McCabe was drafted in fantasy hockey pools as one of the top defensemen and if he's still sitting on the waiver wire because of his lengthy absence, pick him up. He should be owned in all leagues where you start at least four defensemen.
Niklas Hagman, F (DAL): Niklas Hagman has set new highs in goals (20) and points (32) this season, which in layman's terms means he is having a career-year. Thirty-two points is not mind-blowing but Hagman does play left wing, a position that isn't particularly deep in fantasy hockey. He is second in the NHL (among LWs) in short-handed points, which can give you a slight advantage if that factors into your scoring, and his 43 penalty minutes are also fairly decent. He has registered three points through five February games.
Richard Zednik, F (FLA): After going point-less in 13 games in January, Richard Zednik has decided to start having some fantasy value. He has nine points (four on the power play) and is a +3 in five February games. Buyer beware, though. As you can tell, Zednik is wildly inconsistent. Prior to this outburst, Zednik had only 17 points (five on the power play) through 48 games.
Brett McLean, F (FLA): I'm recommending two Florida Panthers this week -- that may spell trouble. Nonetheless, the Panthers top line of Olli Jokinen, Brett McLean and Zednik have been hot of late, so why not ride the wave? McLean has a three-game point streak going, which encompasses a five-point outing against the Toronto Maple Leafs. McLean is listed as a center, which means he is not worth owning right now but should Jokinen get moved at the deadline, as rampant speculation indicates, then McLean should be front and center of the Panthers' top line. Keep an eye on him.
Sam Gagner, F (EDM): Even with the center position being so deep, rookie Sam Gagner is slowly moving from waiver wires to rosters. With top-line center, Shawn Horcoff, done for the season, Gagner's role has increased as he played on the first line in Edmonton's 4-1 victory over Chicago on Wednesday. Gagner is in the midst of a three-game point-streak and has five points (four on the power play) in that span.
Patick Lalime, G (CHI): There is some speculation swirling around that the Chicago Blackhawks might deal their top goalie Nikolai Khabibulin at the trade deadline. The fantasy ramifications of that move would be significant as Patrick Lalime would take over as the starter. Lalime is 8-7-1 with a goals against average of 2.57 this season. Considering his winning percentage, save percentage and GAA are stronger than Khabibulin's, and since he's making roughly $6 M less than him, the rumors may be accurate. The Blackhawks have probably also realized that they stand to gain cap room and don't stand to lose a whole lot between the pipes by moving Khabibulin. You might want to pick up Lalime now just in case this move goes through.