There is still two-thirds of the season to come after the Waiver Draft, but for some teams, they may need more than two players. Sadly, that won't happen.
As of the standings on Monday, here is what I've come up with for what I think the Waiver Draft may look like. Of course, there have been plenty of surprises through the years, as teams went ahead and picked up some dropped players, but that tends to be something that happens more in the second Waiver Draft, when there isn't a great deal to pick from and dropped players can be just as good.
|Benson||Teemu Pulkkinen||DET||F||Filip Forsberg||NAS|
|Stacey C.||Dany Heatley||ANA||F||Nick Foligno||CBJ|
|Brenda & Seward||Ales Hemsky||DAL||F||Brock Nelson||NYI|
|Ryan||John Gibson||ANA||G||Devan Dubnyk||ARI|
|Wilton||Jhonas Enroth||BUF||G||James Reimer||TOR|
|Wyllie||Mikael Backlund||CAL||F||Nikita Kucherov||TAM|
|Brian||Anders Lindback||DAL||G||Robin Lehner||OTT|
|Leo||Olli Jokinen||NAS||F||Lance Bouma||CAL|
|Scott||Alex Stalock||SAN||G||Dustin Tokarski||MTL|
|Mike||Mathieu Perreault||WPG||F||Justin Abdelkader||DET|
|Dale B.||Brandon Dubinsky||CBJ||F||Christopher Higgins||VAN|
|Allan||Vincent Lecavalier||PHI||F||Andre Burakovsky||WAS|
|Stuart||Alexander Barkov||FLA||F||Tanner Pearson||LOS|
|Wes||Colin Wilson||NAS||F||Kris Versteeg||CHI|
|Troy||Sam Reinhart||BUF||F||Martin Hanzal||ARI|
|Cam||Carter Hutton||NAS||G||Niklas Svedberg||BOS|
|Tony||Anders Lee||NYI||F||Riley Nash||CAR|
|Grant K.||Evander Kane||WPG||F||Leo Komarov||TOR|
|Stacey M.||Mika Zibanejad||OTT||F||Michael Ryder||NJD|
|Clayton||Teuvo Teravainen||CHI||F||Derek Stepan||NYR|
|Dale C.||Alex Killorn||TAM||F||Boone Jenner||CBJ|
|Kristy & Don||Sam Gagner||ARI||F||Brad Boyes||FLA|
|Grant S.||Matt Carle||TAM||D||Anton Stralman||TAM|
The prize for being in last place in the standings is Nashville's Filip Forsberg, who has been on a tear in the last month, jumping up to the top of the available scoring race. It would be an immediate score for any team to pick him up, but for how far out of the running Benson is for the money, he would be just trying to float up and out of the Basement Dwelling position and try not to sweep the bobblehead race, which aren't the top trophy.
Islanders forward Brock Nelson has cooled off from a very hot start and has dropped down to the 3rd overall pick. Brenda & Seward would be happy to get him, I'm sure, as they have not seen any real production from Ales Hemsky in Dallas.
The goaltending situation in the Waiver Draft isn't very good, so if your team is in need of some help in the crease, it would be wise to make that move in the opening round, since there won't be much after the fact. Ryan is projected to make the first goalie move, picking up Devan Dubnyk in the desert, who is seeing a little more action for the Coyotes.
|Benson||Evgeny Kuznetsov||WAS||F||Mark Stone||OTT|
|Stacey C.||John-Michael Liles||CAR||D||Damon Severson||NJD|
|Brenda & Seward||Radko Gudas||TAM||D||Justin Braun||SAN|
|Ryan||Devante Smith-Pelly||ANA||F||Blake Comeau||PIT|
|Wilton||Chris Stewart||STL||F||Antoine Roussel||DAL|
|Wyllie||Jason Chimera||WAS||F||Zemgus Girgensons||BUF|
|Brian||Niklas Backstrom||MIN||G||Thomas Greiss||PIT|
|Leo||Matt Stajan||CAL||F||Lee Stempniak||PIT|
|Scott||Valeri Nichushkin||DAL||F||Alex Burrows||VAN|
|Mike||Tyler Myers||BUF||D||Zach Bogosian||WPG|
|Dale B.||Andrew MacDonald||PHI||D||Alexsey Emelin||MTL|
|Allan||Andrew Ference||EDM||D||David Savard||CBJ|
|Stuart||Mark Scheifele||WPG||F||Nikolai Kulemin||NYI|
|Wes||Adam Henrique||NJD||F||Markus Granlund||CAL|
|Troy||R.J. Umberger||PHI||F||Ryan Carter||MIN|
|Cam||Brian Gionta||BUF||F||Linden Vey||VAN|
|Tony||Tom Gilbert||MTL||D||Marco Scandella||MIN|
|Clayton||Thomas Hickey||NYI||D||Cody Ceci||OTT|
|Dale C.||Patrick Wiercioch||OTT||D||Sergei Gonchar||MTL|
|Kristy & Don||PASS|
|Grant S.||Nick Holden||COL||D||Lubomir Visnovsky||NYI|
The second round was good for the defense, which was also a pretty shallow pool to pick from, but a couple of veterans made it down to the bottom of the draft. I'm sure with this posting, their stock may rise a little bit, but I think we'll see more blueliners taken here.
Let's also not forget the teams passing, as these teams may have a player that they could drop, they are likely better off opting to keep what they have, since there isn't a great deal of improvement in the available players list.
The Waiver Draft will begin on December 1st, so there isn't a lot of time left before we start making these changes.