This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
The Habs and Hurricanes have proven they can do more with less. The Golden Knights and Wild are climbing the rankings after an initial slump. And what's happening with the Kings? But enough about the real NHL teams. You're here for the fantasy outlook, so that's what we'll provide.
How long should you wait before you give up on an established name who isn't performing? Even though he's only recorded four points, you don't need to worry about Steven Stamkos. Ditto for either Anze Kopitar or Nikolaj Ehlers, unless your league contains a limited number of teams/roster spots or if the trade offer proves too good to refuse.
Is two-time Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky with his 3.87 GAA and .872 through six appearances making you think about preparing him for a change of scenery? With Seth Jones making his season debut Tuesday, the Columbus D is set to improve. So don't sob for Bob just yet. Give him more time and his numbers should head in the better direction.
And as promised last week, you'll find a list at the bottom from now on showing previous entries who can still make a difference and – more importantly – mainly remain available.
(Ownership rates/stats as of Oct. 25)
Mika Zibanejad, NYR (Yahoo: 46%, ESPN: 56%, CBS: 62%): The Rangers' other Z-man was discussed last week, so it's only fitting Zibanejad decided to heat up in time for this column. While the Ottawa first-rounder could only muster