- 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
|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.
Matty Beniers has 4 goals and 11 points in his last 5 games.
He has 20 in 22 on the season – Top among all rookies. He has 29 in 32 since stepping into the NHL.
He just turned 20.
Seattle got a good one.
— /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson) November 30, 2022
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.
Nick Schmaltz (@thisisnick_09)… HAVE A NIGHT.
That's the first 7+ point game since Sam Gagner achieved eight on February 2nd, 2012. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/5SPfe4WeBF
— NHL (@NHL) March 6, 2022
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.
If there's anything that signifies the tough start to this season for Jack Roslovic, it was that miss of an open net.
One goal in 17 games. #CBJ
— Mark Scheig (@mark_scheig) November 29, 2022
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.