This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
Take notice of the NHL schedule around the holidays and plan roster decisions accordingly. The World Junior Championship also begins next week, and nothing can skyrocket or tank a prospect's value as quickly as a two-week, high-stakes tournament featuring the best teenagers in the world. Dynasty owners will want to watch for potential sell-high, buy-low opportunities.
Here's the schedule for the next scoring period from Dec. 25-31:
Two games: Sabres, Panthers, Kings, Rangers, Flyers, Sharks, Canucks
All other teams play three games next week
Ensure to keep tabs on who is cut in your leagues, and also remember to check the handful of the previously covered players listed below.
Kevin Fiala, NAS (Yahoo: 40%, ESPN: 38%, CBS: 63%): Fuelled by an active eight-game point streak (seven goals, four assists and 29 shots), Fiala is up to a high-end 3.24 points per 60 minutes for the campaign. He should be universally owned considering his pedigree, career trajectory, top-six role and current form.
Tyler Johnson, TB (Yahoo: 44%, ESPN: 65%, CBS: 79%): The flu bug cost the American pivot Tuesday's game, but he still sports a seven-game point streak with four tallies and eight helpers. The return to a top-six role has been a huge boon to his fantasy value, and Johnson's track record of offensive success shouldn't go unnoticed.
Mikko Rantanen, COL (Yahoo: 48%, ESPN: 65%, CBS: 80%): Deemed an NHL-ready prospect coming out of the 2015 draft, Rantanen has quietly put together an excellent start to