Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
1. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics6233245365552.36.920
2015 Projections6135.418.95361852.32.925
2015 Outlook: Lundqvist's ratios in 2013-14 were a hair behind what we've come to expect. Then again, "just a hair behind what we've come to expect" from Lundqvist is still elite. Lundqvist was 14th in goals-against average and 15th in save percentage, but when you weed out the goaltenders with only half his workload, he becomes top 10 in both, along with the requisite high number of wins. The biggest battle you fight at the draft table for fantasy hockey is avoiding busts, and few goaltenders have a track record of nonfailure comparable to that of Lundqvist. King Henrik has started at least 75 percent of Rangers games going back eight seasons. He's still the King until someone dethrones him. Take him as a No. 1 fantasy goaltender and know you're secure in that department. - SA
2. Keith Yandle, NYR DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8284553-23633124:09241
2015 Projections821143546521824:17222
2015 Outlook: The Coyotes' top offensive defenseman, and No. 1 overall fantasy performer the past couple of seasons, is as consistent as they come. Averaging over 24 minutes per game this past season, Yandle tied Ottawa's Erik Karlsson for most power-play points (31) from a defenseman, finished third in shots (241), and matched Montreal's P.K. Subban for fifth in total points (53) among blueliners. Those numbers weren't out of the ordinary for the 28-year-old; only his minus-23 was a severe departure from preceding campaigns. Most importantly, he hasn't missed a regular-season contest since 2008-09. Yandle is a top-10 fantasy defenseman in any standard league. - VM
3. Rick Nash, NYR LW, RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics652613391036717:01258
2015 Projections792722493261617:12280
2015 Outlook: We aren't ranking Nash very highly, but we are trying to use our heads instead of our hearts. Here we have a 30-year-old who has twice scored 40 goals in the NHL despite being a one-man show for many seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He finally moves on to star in the Big Apple and turns in a pretty impressive debut in the lockout-shortened season. But then, things come crashing to the floor in his encore. Only 26 goals and 39 points in 65 games is barely better than Nash's rookie season of 2002-03. In the playoffs, he was a disaster. The Rangers advanced despite Nash getting only three goals in 25 games. The pressure will be on to turn it around, and we think Nash can bounce back, but take the draft-day discount that will come with him leaving such a sour taste in owners' mouths this past season. - SA
4. Martin St. Louis, NYR RW, CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8130396913102120:56204
2015 Projections812237596141818:22201
2015 Outlook: It will be very interesting to see St. Louis suit up for a full season outside of a Tampa Bay Lightning uniform. And based on this past season and the playoffs, things don't bode all that well for him with the Rangers. St. Louis finished 2013-14 with only eight points in 19 games after the trade deadline and didn't improve much with 15 points in 25 playoff games. Now, 15 points in 25 games is OK, but not when you've averaged better than a point per game going back seven seasons. It's not all St. Louis' fault; after all, not every linemate can be Steven Stamkos. It's going to take Rick Nash rediscovering his goal-scoring prowess for St. Louis to be better than a low-end No. 5 fantasy forward. The way things have been going for Nash, we don't want to place a large bet on that happening. - SA
5. Chris Kreider, NYR LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics6617203714721215:44136
2015 Projections822125464711418:11182
2015 Outlook: It's a bit weird to realize that Kreider has almost played in half as many playoff games as he has regular-season games in the NHL. Add the 41 playoff games to the 89 regular-season games and it becomes clear Kreider is a growing power forward who is going to threaten the 30-goal threshold sooner than later. Consider his penalty-minute numbers and power-play skills and, all of a sudden, we have a true fantasy star of the future. Kreider was dominant in the playoffs, scoring 13 points in 15 games despite missing time with injury. However the lineup shakes out for the Rangers, it feels a bit like wherever Kreider and Derek Stepan play will be the team's true top line. Look for a fantasy breakout from Kreider, and bet on him as a No. 6 fantasy forward. - SA
6. Ryan McDonagh, NYR DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7714294311361324:49177
2015 Projections811128398321225:02188
2015 Outlook: Exploding for 14 goals and 43 points -- plus another four goals and 17 points in the playoffs -- was not expected from McDonagh, who has always projected as a defense-first type of blueliner. But he was afforded an opportunity to play an offensive role with the Rangers this past season, and he thrived in the situation. Can he do it again? Well, some of that opportunity is bound to be taken by veteran power-play quarterback Dan Boyle joining the Rangers. McDonagh will post better offensive numbers than we expected of him, but they probably won't be quite as strong as what he did in 2013-14. In other words, that was impressive, McDonagh. Now do it one more time. - SA
7. Dan Boyle, NYR DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics75122436-8321821:17154
2015 Projections801125369281821:41172
2015 Outlook: He's 38 years old and has shown definite signs of slowing down these past two seasons with the San Jose Sharks, but it's not as if Boyle couldn't be rejuvenated in the right situation. The Rangers are offering him a chance at a fresh start, and Boyle could quickly claim the top power-play role on the blue line from Ryan McDonagh. But does McDonagh's youth win out over Boyle's experience on the man advantage? Do they both play the blue line on the power play? We will have to wait and see what coach Alain Vigneault has in store for us, but bet that Boyle will have some sleeper value after two poor campaigns suppressed his draft value. - SA
8. Mats Zuccarello, NYR RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7719405911321717:08170
2015 Projections792035554261417:28173
2015 Outlook: Having the big frame of Benoit Pouliot on the ice with him probably helped the 5-foot-7 Zuccarello on his way to managing almost 60 points this past season. It was a breakout that came as a bit of a surprise, as Zuccarello had previously struggled with his size disadvantage in the NHL. But he is a supremely talented skater and playmaker and found chemistry with Pouliot and Derrick Brassard. Pouliot is gone, but Brassard and Zuccarello will look for a new linemate to help them establish themselves as the Rangers' second scoring line. That isn't locked in stone, and either player could end up in a checking-line role, so hedge your bets at the draft table. Zuccarello is too exciting an offensive player not to have stashed in your league, though. - SA
9. Derek Stepan, NYR CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8217405712181818:03199
2015 Projections681433479161420:10175
2015 Outlook: Stepan's numbers slipped this past season right alongside Rick Nash's, but he remains the most talented center the team has to offer and should get first dibs on the best linemates on the Rangers' depth chart. Stepan came awfully close to a point-per-game pace during the lockout-shortened season with Nash at his side but slumped right along with Nash in 2013-14. Certainly, his 57 points were nothing to sneeze at, but Stepan also found himself playing almost three fewer minutes per night under new coach Alain Vigneault. There are some depth chart questions that will need to be answered in training camp, and Stepan has the upper hand coming into the season. But things could change depending on where chemistry is found in the preseason. - SA
10. Derick Brassard, NYR C, LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics811827452461815:48159
2015 Projections811827457381216:52171
2015 Outlook: Brassard is another player who saw his role reduced with a new head coach this past season. Just look at his numbers under John Tortorella -- 0.92 points per game in the regular season plus playoffs -- compared to coach Alain Vigneault -- 0.55 points per game in the regular season plus playoffs. He played almost three minutes fewer per game in the postseason under Vigneault compared to Tortorella. Now, the Rangers did much better under Vigneault, so there isn't much argument with the logic. But it makes Brassard a gamble for fantasy owners. There is point-per-game skill lurking in Brassard, but it may not have a chance to surface in the current conditions. - SA
11. Carl Hagelin, NYR LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics72171633844015:32144
2015 Projections81151631024215:36134
12. Ryan Malone, NYR LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics5751015-767311:4795
2015 Projections6061319369313:1897
13. Dan Girardi, NYR DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8151924616323:07100
2015 Projections8141822118122:0497
14. Marc Staal, NYR DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7231114-124120:3292
2015 Projections7351015124019:4986
15. Cam Talbot, NYR GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics191263121011.64.941
2015 Projections219.98.21124542.92.910