The Best Fantasy Hockey Must Adds and Drops Heading Into December

Dec 1- 8 min read
Fantasy Hockey Must add
  • Two fantasy hockey adds and two fantasy hockey drops to consider as the NHL calendar turns to December
  • Matty Beniers on the Seattle Kraken is fantasy hockey must add
  • Read below for the best must adds and drops for your fantasy hockey team

We’ve moved on to December, and it might be time for you to move on from some early-season upstarts and disappointments on your Fantasy Hockey squad. At the same time, it’s time to grab a couple players before it’s too late.

Here’s a pair of fantasy hockey adds and a pair of drops to consider as the NHL regular season schedule passes the 25% mark.

Fantasy Hockey Must Adds & Drops

Player Team Ownership
Matty Beniers Seattle Kraken 32% (ADD)
Nick Schmaltz Arizona Coyotes 26% (ADD)
Hampus Lindholm Boston Bruins 88% (DROP)
Jack Roslovic Columbus Blue Jackets 30% (DROP)

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Must Add Player #1 – Matty Beniers

The Seattle Kraken sit among the NHL’s top teams, and Dave Hakstol’s second-year squad is much improved over last season.

A big reason for this is the emergence of Matty Beniers, the second overall pick from the NHL Entry Draft.

Beniers recorded three goals and six assists in 10 games last season after signing his entry-level contract. That came after he scored 20 goals and added 23 assists in 37 games at the University of Michigan in 2021-22.

At present, he’s got a six point lead in the rookie scoring race, and appears on his way to winning the Calder Trophy.

The additions of Andre Burakovsky and Oliver Bjorkstrand have added to the depth up front for Seattle, but Beniers is hitting perhaps a bit sooner than expected, and time is running out to add him.

Must Drop Player #1 – Hampus Lindholm

Without Charlie McAvoy in the lineup to begin the season, the Boston Bruins relied heavily on Hampus Lindholm. And he certainly delivered, recording four goals and 14 assists through 17 games.

His start was so good, in fact, that many were putting him in the Norris Trophy conversation.

That well has dried up recently, though, as Lindholm has failed to record a point over the past five games.


He’s still a very effective defenseman, but he’s topped 30 points only three times in his career, and his career high is 34 (set back in 2014-15). His current pace is 67 points, even amid this five game drought.

If you don’t want tp drop him outright, at least test the trade market and try to sell high. And put your Norris futures on McAvoy instead. He’s top five in points per game by a defenseman since his return.

Must Add Player #2 – Nick Schmaltz

This Arizona Coyotes forward missed over a month of action after getting hurt in his season opener, but Nick Schmaltz is back, scoring in each of his past three games.

All told, Schmaltz has four points in five games, and is coming off a season where he recorded his best point per game average (0.93) with 59 points in 63 games.

That, of course, included this seven point game back in March.

Arizona isn’t generally a fantasy hockey hotbed, but Schmaltz can help tip the over/under on any given night.

Must Drop Player #2 – Jack Roslovic

When it rains, it pours this season for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Even while bests by injuries, Jack Roslovic has at time been made a healthy scratch, and this isn’t what fantasy managers signed up for when they drafted a 25-year-old potential breakout candidate.

That’s up to 18 games, now, and barring a miracle, Roslovic will come in way under the 22 goals and 23 assists he recorded last season.

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