This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
As promised, the last column of 2019 will consist of players to fade in 2020 AND waiver picks. (How's that for a holiday treat?) As we're about to return from the league's three-day break, let's get you set with suggestions for Friday — and beyond.
To begin, here are a few overachievers who will take a hit in the New Year (and to clarify, they are NOT waiver recommendations). Maybe not a complete collapse, but some sort of slowdown compared to the first three months. And make sure you keep reading, as the next section dives into the wide world of waivers:
Anthony Duclair, F, OTT – It's nice to see Duclair excelling after moving to four locations in four years. He's getting a lot of good looks and is tied for sixth in the league with 21 goals. Despite the offensive explosion, don't expect Duclair to reach 50 goals — let alone 40.
Victor Olofsson, F, BUF – I hate to include Olofsson, as I own him in the RotoWire Staff Keeper Hockey League and have enjoyed his 34 points in 38 games. But let's be serious: he's not going to hit 70 points. It's the Swede's first full NHL season and there will be bumps ahead. And even though Olofsson remains on Buffalo's first line, he's recently been switched off the top power play.
Tomas Tatar, F, MON – Like Olofsson, Tatar checks in at an almost-point-per-game clip. He's also on pace to eclipse career