NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week
NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week

This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.

This will be the final edition of waiver suggestions for 2018-19.  Next week, we'll conclude by covering players whose fortunes are destined to improve or decline next season.

Most head-to-head formats have concluded, but those in rotisserie leagues could still use some last-minute upgrades.  Here's a few who may help with that final push:

(Ownership rates/stats as of March 28.)

Forwards

Rickard Rakell, ANH (Yahoo: 64%, ESPN: 74%, CBS: 64%): Since we covered a couple Ducks forwards last week based on their name-brand, no-pressure appeal, let's continue the trend.  Rakell increased his scoring totals in every season, peaking at 69 points last year.  An ankle problem would sideline the Swede, while a few uninspired follow-up team efforts effectively sunk their hopes.  However, since they threw in the towel, Rakell has exploded for six goals and six assists in his last 13 games.  Too late for Anaheim, but perfect timing for fantasy considerations.

Vincent Trocheck, FLA (Yahoo: 54%, ESPN: 81%, CBS: 75%): Trocheck was hit hard in November after undergoing surgery for a broken ankle.  The Panthers suffered during the seven weeks without him, losing 18 of 27 matchups.  The results were mixed after returning, with the team following a similar pattern.  And with Florida looking ahead to a busy offseason, most of their regular contributors have been able to focus on doing what they do best – at least in the opponents' zone.  Trocheck has helped the cause with points in three straight entering Thursday. 

Mikael Backlund,

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