Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
1. Patrick Sharp, Chi LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8234447813402518:53313
2015 Projections8132376919352218:42298
2015 Outlook: The Blackhawks have a bevy of highly skilled forwards, and it might be surprising to see Sharp at the top of the list. But based on consistency and overall output, he is the best fantasy forward the Hawks have to offer. Take out the 2013 season for Sharp -- which was shortened by the lockout and an injury -- and he has three consecutive 30-goal seasons with at least 68 points. Except for that marred campaign, Sharp has scored at least 25 goals going back to 2007-08. Thanks to his role next to all-around star Jonathan Toews, Sharp is a lock for top-tier fantasy production and is a sneaky pick to anchor your offense. - SA
2. Patrick Kane, Chi RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics692940697222519:37227
2015 Projections8130417110362520:01252
2015 Outlook: A leg injury cut short yet another elite regular season from the offensive whirlwind that anchors the Blackhawks' second line. Kane still managed 69 points in 69 games, as he has more than settled into his role to make the Hawks' second line better than it might be viewed on paper. Playing with linemates like Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Kris Versteeg and Michal Handzus while Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp all hang out together on the top line doesn't even really seem fair. But Kane thrives with the role. The interesting news is that Brad Richards, although seemingly on the decline, still brings more to the table than Kane's linemates of recent seasons. This could help propel the 25-year-old Kane to dizzying new heights. We've argued for Kane to go in drafts in the early second round, but no one is going to fault you if you pick him sooner. - SA
3. Jonathan Toews, Chi CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7628406826341520:28193
2015 Projections7724386221291820:24200
2015 Outlook: Toews is a rare breed, in that his leadership and skill on the ice don't translate all that well to fantasy. Toews does a lot of the little things for which standard fantasy leagues don't account. He'll make a run at 30 goals and probably top 60 points, but with minimal power-play points and low shots-on-goal totals, he misses the elite tier of fantasy forwards. Toews makes Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp a lot better but doesn't reap all the benefits himself. Look for him as a No. 2, or maybe even No. 3, forward on your team. - SA
4. Duncan Keith, Chi DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics796556122282124:39198
2015 Projections809404920331625:02198
2015 Outlook: Log as much ice time as Keith with the ridiculously talented Blackhawks group of forwards and it's no surprise he can run up 60 points in a good season. A great skater with one of the best first passes in the NHL, Keith has a perfect situation to be among the top five fantasy defensemen every season. Luckily for Keith, the Blackhawks haven't developed any competition for his role on the power play, but keep in mind he could be challenged if the team ever acquires a true offensive-minded defenseman. But going forward as things are, Keith is as steady as it gets for top fantasy defenseman value. Feel free to lock him up before the fifth round of your draft is over. - SA
5. Corey Crawford, Chi GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics56321623395102.26.917
2015 Projections6133.620.34361852.43.913
2015 Outlook: Crawford might have a reputation as a somewhat unreliable fantasy netminder, but his nights off are growing further between. In fact, his final goals-against average in 2013-14 was top 10 among all goaltenders, and the season before, he was tied for second. Some of that is derived from playing for the defensively aware Blackhawks, but that shouldn't matter to fantasy owners since Crawford's role isn't changing. While owners should be conscious of the existence of Antti Raanta, Crawford has to open the door for Raanta to gain any real footing. Crawford will, once again, play upward of 60 games for an elite NHL squad and turn in strong fantasy ratios. He's definitely a No. 1 fantasy goalie but isn't an elite one because there isn't much upside to his game. We've seen his ceiling already. - SA
6. Marian Hossa, Chi RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7230306028201318:16241
2015 Projections7128315913161818:11243
2015 Outlook: He's probably not a safe bet for a point-per-game pace anymore, and betting on a full season of games played is also ill advised. But that's not to say you won't get most of a season with an elite scoring clip from Hossa. He's explosive on offense and finishes any play set up by linemates Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. Concussions have been a concern in the recent past, but Hossa tends to be valued with that discount already accounted for. If you can get over the health concern, Hossa is likely to finish as a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy forward. But because he has a history of injuries, take him as a No. 4 fantasy forward after the elite players are gone. - SA
7. Brad Richards*, Chi CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics82203151-8181918:41259
2015 Projections781828469201715:56215
2015 Outlook: There is tremendous upside with Richards installed as the new second-line center for the Blackhawks. Sure, we all said that a couple of years ago when Richards landed in the Big Apple and skated next to Marian Gaborik and then Rick Nash. No, the relationship didn't really blossom between Richards and either player. But the fact remains that Richards is a 34-year-old, playmaking center with a track record as an elite fantasy player in the right situation. Now, the key there is "in the right situation." We won't know if playing on the second line with Patrick Kane is the right situation for Richards until we get some box scores. But anecdotally, this looks really good for Richards, because Kane might be one of the most dynamic wingers in the league when it comes to making lemonade from lemons. If Kane can turn in amazing numbers skating with the likes of Michal Handzus or Andrew Shaw, things bode very well for Richards, as he possesses much more offensive creativity. - SA
8. Brandon Saad, Chi LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics781928472020916:17159
2015 Projections8121325314201117:00173
2015 Outlook: The upside is that Saad is still young (21) and playing for the right team for his plus/minus (plus-37 during two seasons). The downside is there are only so many points to go around for the Blackhawks. Saad certainly has the offensive capabilities to score many more points in a season than the 47 he registered in 2013-14, but the opportunity isn't yet there for him to have an offensive explosion. He is the sixth and final member of the Hawks' top two lines, and even that could be in jeopardy if the team needs a more physical presence on the second line. Keeper leagues will want Saad going into the future, but pending an injury above him on the depth chart, Saad is only a substitute fantasy forward this season. - SA
9. Brent Seabrook, Chi DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics82734412322922:16149
2015 Projections8210283815221022:06145
2015 Outlook: There is something to be said for reliability over upside. We've seen what Seabrook's ceiling is as a fantasy contributor. While it's not all that appealing, there is a consistency to his No. 4 fantasy defenseman status that can be somewhat attractive in your draft -- especially when other owners are gambling on unproven commodities. Seabrook will aim for 40 points and bring a solid plus/minus to the table. He won't do much else, but that is enough when the pickings start to get slim on the blue line. - SA
10. Andrew Shaw, Chi C, LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics802019391276915:41149
2015 Projections80181634757415:14130
2015 Outlook: There's no question Shaw benefited from the time he spent skating with Patrick Kane this past season. That's where the biggest concern comes in -- Shaw probably won't spend as much time with him this season. Brad Richards pushes Shaw down the depth chart and out of scoring-line contention. If something changes, Shaw has shown us the ability to put up decent stats, but he will need to rely on a role that isn't initially there in order to justify picking him up in fantasy. He'll be a very good third-line center for the Hawks, but don't expect 20 goals from him again. - SA
11. Kris Versteeg, Chi RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics81122436036814:28157
2015 Projections81101727634614:07136
2015 Outlook: Versteeg is coming off a pretty ho-hum 12-goal season and sits outside the scoring-line scenarios with the Blackhawks. So why are we even discussing him? Because it's pretty hard to forget the dynamic scorer we saw in 2011-12 with the Florida Panthers. Versteeg had a terrific season -- and an even better first half that season -- showing off a versatile offensive side that disappeared the next season when he struggled with injuries. But that scoring skill still lurks within Versteeg, and, if ever given a shot with the elite forwards on the Blackhawks' top lines, it would be interesting to see if it resurfaces. - SA
12. Bryan Bickell, Chi LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics5911415-628011:2193
2015 Projections68141428942112:08109
13. Antti Raanta, Chi GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics221351139642.71.897
2015 Projections2110.97.50124532.87.908
14. Johnny Oduya, Chi DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics77313161138020:0683
2015 Projections78189524018:2873
15. Teuvo Teravainen, Chi LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics300000014:064
2015 Projections2941216614412:5253