This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
The Leafs can't stop scoring, the Coyotes can't score, and the Red Wings are letting everyone score on them. Most probably expected one or all three of these situations to occur. But it's still early and circumstances are bound to change as the season progresses.
While initial observations are often impulsive, they sometimes prove necessary to avoid disappointment. You're looking at live boxscores when you see a player who's dominating a game and is available in your league. Check recent trends to see if he's worth a pickup. Can you add him to your roster and not have to release someone who provides significant value? If at first you believe this can't be done, look deeper into the stats to make an informed decision. You may have to drop a personal favorite, but if he's not performing adequately and doesn't appear to be improving, it's probably time to let go.
In addition to the following recommendations, you can check out last week's referrals. And in subsequent installments, we'll include a running list of players from past columns who still don't earn enough fantasy attention.
(Ownership rates/stats as of Oct. 18)
Ryan Kesler, ANH (Yahoo: 12%, ESPN: 2%, CBS: 14%): It's a minor miracle Kesler is back this soon after problems following 2017 hip surgery. And with Ryan Getzlaf injured, the Michigander vaults to the top of the Anaheim center charts. Kesler will not be pushed too hard for fear of re-injury, but he still possesses sufficient skills