Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
1. John Tavares, NYI CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics59244266-6402521:15188
2015 Projections823651875452820:43278
2015 Outlook: A season-ending knee injury at the Olympics aside, Tavares really stepped into his own in 2013-14. He was averaging better than a point per game when his season ended, with 66 points in 59 games. He was on pace for numbers that truly had him among the top five fantasy players. So that's where he now belongs. Tavares has built chemistry with Kyle Okposo, and the duo will be joined by a yet-to-be-determined winger on the other side. Regardless of how his line is built, Tavares has developed into a true star whose skill is reflected in his fantasy production. Owners should not hesitate to anchor their squad on Tavares' star power. - SA
2. Kyle Okposo, NYI RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics71274269-9511520:26195
2015 Projections79264571-6501720:04226
2015 Outlook: Okposo's rise to the role of a true star winger was slow and steady, but he's there now. The 26-year-old was a hit playing consistently alongside John Tavares in 2013-14 and is now the go-to winger for the superstar center. Playing 20 minutes per game, Okposo creates space for Tavares and has offensive skills to make a run at 30 goals in a full season. It might feel like a big jump to be considering him as a No. 3 fantasy forward for this season, but he was always expected to grow into the role at some point in his career. - SA
3. Jaroslav Halak, NYI GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics5029135293872.25.921
2015 Projections5826.123.63344062.29.916
2015 Outlook: The Islanders decided to blow up their goaltending plans and start fresh this season, and they made a great decision to go with Halak. A fundamentally solid 29-year-old who has been seemingly caught in goaltending timeshares for his whole career, he now has a chance to step out and take a young team by the horns. We think Halak will manage just fine. He can handle a lot of rubber and will be a save percentage asset regardless of how the Isles fare in front of him. But the wins and goals-against average will somewhat depend on how well the defense can perform. The Islanders have some solid blue-line players, but many of them are still quite young. It's probably not a safe bet to lump Halak in as a No. 1 fantasy goalie, but if you can get him as a No. 2, you should be quite happy. - SA
4. Lubomir Visnovsky, NYI DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics243811-110720:3234
2015 Projections701032423411921:11152
2015 Outlook: He's 38 years old and hasn't shown us much to get excited about offensively for the past three NHL seasons. That said, Visnovsky is still the best offensive defenseman the Islanders have at the moment based on experience and skill. His power-play role could easily be usurped by a number of young D-men, but without a prime candidate who has shown they are ready to handle the added offensive work, Visnovsky is the default. He has struggled with injuries the past few seasons, and perhaps a clean bill of health is all he needs to return to form. With so many concerns, though, why are we suggesting he be drafted as a No. 3 fantasy defenseman? Because the upside on a power play with John Tavares is tremendous. Whoever wins the role will be able to add two dozen power-play points to their total. Visnovsky is the best candidate right now. - SA
5. Mikhail Grabovski*, NYI CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics58132235626815:4581
2015 Projections70212647-2331215:38185
2015 Outlook: The second-line role with former linemate Nikolai Kulemin looks like a perfect fit for Grabovski and the Islanders. Grabovski has above-average offense and does a good job on defense as well. His fantasy production won't be over the top, but when he settles into a streak, he'll be worth starting. Grabovski might also nab a role on the Isles' first power-play unit, which will feature superstar John Tavares. The power-play role is his best shot at establishing true fantasy relevance, so watch for the deployment during training camp to see if Grabovski is worth stashing. - SA
6. Ryan Strome, NYI CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics3771118-18715:1189
2015 Projections79182745-6211416:12178
2015 Outlook: His skills with the puck are otherworldly, but he needs to find the balance of when to deploy them in the NHL. Strome made the rest of the AHL look silly this past season, scoring 49 points in 37 games as a 20-year-old rookie. We saw flashes of that skill in the NHL in 37 games, but Strome didn't do enough to land a permanent scoring-line role headed into this season. Let's not mince words here: There is a chance Strome could convert to wing and land on the Isles' top line with John Tavares. It's not a great chance, but the potential payoff is enormous. Anders Lee and Brock Nelson have shown more poise in the NHL and might be first in line. But if Strome shows some added maturity coming into camp, he could surprise. At the very least, he is a threat to be a fantasy asset if he lands anywhere in the top six. He needs to be rostered just to see what happens. - SA
7. Johnny Boychuk, NYI DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics75518233145021:12142
2015 Projections7772027448622:48150
8. Frans Nielsen, NYI CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics80253358-1182018:20167
2015 Projections80143044-7121417:50151
2015 Outlook: Take away Nielsen's power-play production and he suddenly isn't so appealing to fantasy owners. Therein lies the risk with Nielsen coming into a season in which the Islanders added Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin and are also expecting bigger things from Ryan Strome and Anders Lee. If Nielsen can't cement his spot on the top power-play unit with Tavares, his numbers will take a nosedive. Don't forget his stats are already inflated from this past season, when he became the default top-line centerman after Tavares was hurt in the Olympics. Nielsen has potential value if he can stave off Grabovski's assault on his role as second-line center. - SA
9. Anders Lee, NYI LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics229514314215:4368
2015 Projections78191938-345714:44181
2015 Outlook: In his NHL debut this past season, Lee showed he can win battles. Arriving after John Tavares was knocked out for the season, Lee managed 14 points in 22 games. That came after posting 41 points in 54 games as an AHL rookie. Lee has a great combination of size and skill that might fit nicely on the wing with Tavares. If not, he's still a candidate for the second line. We'll have to see how the lines shake out, but we like Lee's power-forward potential. - SA
10. Nick Leddy, NYI DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics827243110101016:22123
2015 Projections8172835-218622:24132
11. Chad Johnson, NYI GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics231742151032.10.925
2015 Projections2410.310.10142342.80.909
12. Griffin Reinhart, NYI DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics------------------
2015 Projections6852227-1144517:36132
2015 Outlook: We don't want to pile on with the high hopes for Reinhart as the Islanders' new leader on the blue line, but it's hard not to. Reinhart is going to be a special player in the NHL and a fantasy asset for many years to come, but asking him to do it at 20 years old might be asking a lot. Reinhart is mobile, has great offensive instincts and can quarterback a power play. Can he do all those things at the NHL level coming straight out of junior hockey? It's a question that might get answered in training camp. After all, outside of the aging Lubomir Visnovsky, there isn't a lot of offensive upside among the other Islanders defensemen. - SA
13. Travis Hamonic, NYI DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics6931518268325:01134
2015 Projections7731417-1364121:51137
14. Josh Bailey*, NYI LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7783038-8261015:5098
2015 Projections8092332-628715:40104
15. Michael Grabner*, NYI RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics64121426-1012014:12137
2015 Projections71181634-618214:18152