This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
There's no better feeling than kicking off the fantasy hockey season. The drafts are done and it's time to obsessively check your lineups for any recent injuries, line changes, or other updates. And you're also undoubtedly scouring the waiver wire so as not to miss out on any hot starter before others beat you to it.
While a few NHL clubs have barely seen any action – including four teams at one game apiece – most have showed enough to give us an idea what we can expect in terms of player combinations and trends. That's why it's important to pick up those who look like they're in favorable situations and discard the ones who may ultimately lose a sizable chunk of their value.
In this weekly column, you'll generally find recommendations for players who are owned by less than 50 percent of those participating in the major fantasy leagues – though exceptions may exist. Anyone listed below should be able to help in at least one of the standard categories, with some benefiting because of injuries to other players or their struggles.
Here are the initial offerings:
(Ownership rates/stats as of Thursday, Oct. 11)
Micheal Ferland, CAR (Yahoo: 33%, ESPN: 14%, CBS: 33%): Ferland has had the luck of switching from a gig alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan straight to becoming the newest member of a trio with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. The former Flame has already potted two goals and added three assists