Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
1. Henrik Zetterberg, Det C, LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics4516324819201720:33151
2015 Projections8024547815492920:32237
2015 Outlook: On a per-game basis this past season, Zetterberg was a fantasy stud. As scary as back problems can be, Zetterberg has said he feels great this offseason and is ready to come back strong. He missed almost half of 2013-14 with back issues that ultimately resulted in corrective surgery. When healthy, Hank is absolutely dominant for fantasy owners. His past two seasons, though shortened, have both finished with Zetterberg scoring at better than a point-per-game clip. What is even better for Zetterberg's prospects this season is the emergence of Gustav Nyquist. With a healthy Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen, Nyquist adds the necessary fourth body to give the Red Wings two legitimate scoring lines. However the lines are split up, it's a fair bet that Zetterberg will remain one of the best options in fantasy drafts. The high praise of his health this offseason helps give confidence to drafting him as a No. 1 fantasy forward. - SA
2. Pavel Datsyuk, Det CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics45172037161220:16126
2015 Projections7021335415302220:24180
2015 Outlook: It certainly hurt the Red Wings to have both Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg injured for so much of the campaign. But the long-term gain was the emergence of players like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar. Now, the Red Wings have even more talent to mix together for scoring lines. It means that a healthy Datsyuk is a huge bounce-back candidate for the coming campaign. Given the skill he'll have on the ice with him, Datsyuk should have little trouble pushing back toward 45 assists and an elite fantasy value. With the knee issues behind him (without opting for surgery), Datsyuk should be a steal in the third round of your draft. - SA
3. Niklas Kronwall, Det DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics79841490442524:19110
2015 Projections8211364710642224:11120
2015 Outlook: Kronwall can turn in a 50-point season from the blue line in any given season, but he is not a typical offensive defenseman. His points come overwhelmingly from assists and playing big minutes on and off the power play. He won't take a ton of shots, but there will be power-play points thanks to his passing. He's been a scoring machine ever since Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement, and that won't change for this season. He is right on the bubble between a No. 1 and No. 2 fantasy defenseman. Finding a steady defense partner might go a long way to stabilizing Kronwall's production. He flipped regularly between Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith last season. - SA
4. Gustav Nyquist, Det RW, LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics572820481610916:51153
2015 Projections8124335717121717:36220
2015 Outlook: Nyquist is the latest positive proof of the Red Wings' slow, steady approach to preparing a player for the NHL. Without ever rushing his development and giving him plenty of cups of coffee along the way, Nyquist finally exploded at the NHL level when given the opportunity this past season. He scored 48 points in 57 games and is an extremely enticing figure entering this season. Can he maintain a pace that would have him at 70 points in a full season? Or will the return of healthy offensive leaders Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk cut into his production? The answer probably lies somewhere in between. Nyquist should be selected as a top-50 forward, but hopefully, you can wait until the seventh round of your draft to make the move. - SA
5. Johan Franzen*, Det RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics541625416401717:39149
2015 Projections6921284913561717:54180
2015 Outlook: You know exactly what you are getting into with Franzen. He's a powerful forward who is willing to do what it takes to score goals, but the punishment he gets from playing a physical game tends to knock him out of it for several stretches each season. A healthy Franzen will score 30 goals and 65 points to go with terrific peripheral stats, but asking for a healthy Franzen might be too much. He showed great chemistry at the end of last season with Gustav Nyquist and is definitely a high-risk, high-reward pick coming into this season. A healthy Red Wings team could be very explosive for fantasy owners, but there are a lot of question marks surrounding that health. - SA
6. Jimmy Howard, Det GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics50211923003112.66.910
2015 Projections5831.319.72344072.47.916
2015 Outlook: Howard's numbers were a big step backward this past season, but is it entirely his fault? The Red Wings' workhorse goaltender was dealing with a team in front of him that missed several two-way forwards for a lot of the season and a defensivee core that is young and untested. Another season of development for the young defense and an offseason of recovery for the forwards could mean Howard is in store to bounce back to the elite levels he showed in the two seasons prior to 2013-14. Howard will be drafted as a No. 2 goaltender this season because the 2.66 goals-against average was downright ugly in 2013-14, but here's betting the Red Wings have corrected the problems that led to the poor statistics. Howard has No. 1 fantasy goalie upside in the mid-to-late rounds of your draft. - SA
7. Marek Zidlicky, Det DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics81123042-3601821:39128
2015 Projections721032424581721:16117
2015 Outlook: While Eric Gelinas will eat into more of Zidlicky's production this season, we don't think the veteran blueliner is done being fantasy relevant just yet. At 37 years old, Zidlicky still packs a big point shot and will be the default power-play quarterback to start the season. Paired with Bryce Salvador at even strength, Zidlicky won't be a liability in the plus/minus department and, although he doesn't take as many shots as he should, makes up for it with decent power-play production. He'll be a high-end No. 3 defenseman. - SA
8. Tomas Tatar, Det LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics731920391230614:21158
2015 Projections75172542838915:06164
2015 Outlook: Tatar has developed in lockstep with Gustav Nyquist, but Nyquist stole all the headlines with his terrific showing this past season. That leaves Tatar likely on the outside of the top two lines coming into this campaign. However, Tatar has the speed, skill and hands to be a scoring-line forward in the NHL. If the opportunity arises for him to land on a scoring line next to the talented Red Wings forwards, he will surely excel. After all, Tatar picked up 19 goals this past season despite playing mostly on the third line or lower. A boost in minutes and responsibility would make Tatar valuable to fantasy owners. - SA
9. Jonas Gustavsson*, Det GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics261650155042.63.907
2015 Projections24128.91142322.74.911
2015 Outlook: Gustavsson is one of the backup goaltenders in the NHL who could likely slide into the starting role and replicate the stats of his team's starter. If anything were to happen to Jimmy Howard, Gustavsson would be a reliable No. 2 fantasy goaltender. His stats were pretty similar to Howard's in 2013-14, and his winning percentage was actually much better. If you have depth on your bench and Howard as a goaltender, it wouldn't be a bad idea to handcuff Gustavsson to Howard. Gustavsson showed signs of catching on to the NHL game last season -- something he never really showed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. - SA
10. Daniel Alfredsson*, Det RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics681831492101816:56151
2015 Projections67101727018916:16130
2015 Outlook: So he turns 42 years old in December? So what? Alfredsson led the Red Wings in scoring this past season, his first outside of the Ottawa Senators organization. Now, that team lead in points comes with a big asterisk next to the injured Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, but it's not as though Alfie was the picture of health, either. He missed 14 games with back issues himself. Alfredsson is working out this offseason with the intention of rejoining the Red Wings, but he hasn't signed a contract yet. One issue in play might be the fact that the Red Wings are becoming a bit loaded on offense and might not have a clearly defined role for Alfredsson on a scoring line. But he still has scoring potential should he play in the NHL, and needs to be on fantasy owners' radars ahead of the season. Even in limited minutes and a limited role, Alfredsson is a threat to produce. - SA
11. Justin Abdelkader, Det LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics70101828231315:17147
2015 Projections7471522638215:42142
12. Tomas Jurco, Det RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics368715014313:2877
2015 Projections6791827721413:46135
13. Stephen Weiss, Det CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics26224-412014:4628
2015 Projections60111728826215:2098
14. Erik Cole*, Det RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics75161329-1720715:10139
2015 Projections70121123225415:10124
15. Anthony Mantha, Det RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics------------------
2015 Projections4981321726614:0896