This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
With only about a week gone in the season, it's best not to overreact. Proven players not scoring? No need to worry yet. Surprises off to a hot start? Don't get cocky. And if they continue to overachieve, maybe you can turn that into a favorable trade or two.
Patience is key when dealing with fantasy decisions. At the same time, it's imperative to stay on top of everything. Because the minute you forget to look for updates may ultimately decide your daily/weekly matchup.
And while you're here, check the current crop of convenient waiver candidates:
(Rostered rates/stats as of Oct. 21.)
Yanni Gourde, SEA (Yahoo: 31%): After sitting the first four games, Gourde made his Kraken debut Tuesday. He immediately skated on the top line while logging 22:25 of ice time — including 4:44 on the power play, where he notched an assist — and won 13 of 23 faceoffs. In addition to his real-life center role, the former Bolt also qualifies as a RW on Yahoo. Gourde fared decently in Tampa Bay and should be allowed to skate major minutes on a developing Seattle squad.
Mats Zuccarello, MIN (Yahoo: 21%): Even before Zuccarello broke out with four points against Winnipeg, I was amazed to see him available in more than 80 percent of leagues. The injury issues the last three seasons may be troublesome, but he's proved to