This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
The upcoming scoring period is another oddly scheduled week in the NHL, and the All-Star break begins Jan. 26, so paying particular attention to matchups and how often your players hit the ice through the end of January could provide a nice boost on the competition.
A couple months ago in this space, Daniel Sprong and Nikolay Goldobin were mentioned as players to keep tabs on because of their AHL success. Now, Sprong is flanking Sidney Crosby, and Goldobin has settled in as the third wheel alongside Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. In competitive and/or deep leagues, leaving no stone unturned can amount to a significant advantage.
Jack Roslovic was recently promoted to Winnipeg, and it wouldn't be shocking if Dylan Strome received another tour through the league with Arizona before the season is finished. None of these four youngsters are must-add players, but they're all definitely of interest in particular settings because of their offensive upside. Sprong and Goldodin are also now in attractive fantasy setups.
Another quick note regarding the schedule and the AHL — with many teams in the midst of their six-day bye, waiver-exempt players around the league are being assigned to the minors to continue playing. In most cases, however, these youngsters should be back in the NHL once their respective teams return to the ice.
Here's the schedule for the next scoring period from Jan. 15-21:
One game: Flames, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Wild
Two games: Sabres, Hurricanes, Red Wings, Panthers, Senators,