Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
31. Max Pacioretty, Mon LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics733921608351718:29270
2015 Projections793327604402018:19285
2015 Outlook: Pacioretty has embraced his role as the Montreal Canadiens' offensive leader, and has put up consistent numbers that place him as a solid No. 3 fantasy forward. In fact, he's arguably a top-30 overall player, thanks to propensity for shooting and abilities when there is extra room on the ice for the power play. Will he have the same linemates? Probably not, as P.A. Parenteau's arrival throws off the dynamic of the top six, but you can bet Pacioretty will be surrounded with the best talent available. He has a nice rapport with David Desharnais, but could use an upgrade at center if he wants to push into the next echelon of value. If Lars Eller were ever to realize his potential, he could be the centerman Pacioretty might need. In the meantime, Desharnais has been reliable enough to make Pacioretty a star. The bigger threat is Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher staging a coup to become the new top line, but we think that is still another season away. - SA
32. Mark Giordano, Cgy DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics6414334712632025:14180
2015 Projections78124052-1811925:16211
2015 Outlook: He has taken a while to come into his own, but Giordano is a bona fide fantasy star now. The 30-year-old blueliner was only seven points off leading the Calgary Flames in scoring despite being a defenseman and missing 18 games. He did this despite a relatively young supporting cast, which is good because the Flames still don't have a lot of experience up front. The added scoring was accompanied by an increase in shots, which supports Giordano sustaining his pace. The Flames could be an upstart squad this season, and Giordano will no doubt be one of their fearless leaders. His numbers in 2013-14 prorate to a 60-point pace over 82 games. Giordano is easily a top-10 defenseman coming into this season, and we would argue him as top five. - SA
33. Patrick Marleau, SJ LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics823337700182320:31285
2015 Projections772933623212120:18275
2015 Outlook: Consistent and durable, Marleau shoots a ton, scores an above-average number of goals and assists, and plays on a line with Logan Couture. The 35-year-old isn't ready to slow down quite yet. You'd be lucky to snag him late in the third or early in the fourth rounds of most standard fantasy leagues. VM
34. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ari DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics80152944-4502225:54199
2015 Projections821338514462125:53219
2015 Outlook: If we had to pick one current Arizona player to draft to our real world expansion club, it would be Ekman-Larsson. He might be our top selection in the fantasy realm as well (possible exception: Keith Yandle). With four NHL seasons under his belt, and still only 23 years old, Ekman-Larsson is arguably one of the best all-around blueliners in the league. A top-pair defenseman entrenched on the Coyotes' No. 1 power-play unit, the minute-munching Swede is a marvelous bargain at an average annual salary of $5.5 million until 2019. His production grows by a noteworthy percentage every season. - VM
35. Nathan MacKinnon, Col C, RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8224396320261717:21241
2015 Projections7827386510261818:08251
2015 Outlook: With a total of 63 points and a Calder Trophy in the closet, MacKinnon debuted in the NHL to rave reviews from fantasy owners. It certainly helps that the Avalanche were able to provide him with a steady role on a line with Paul Stastny and fellow recent Calder winner Gabriel Landeskog. Stastny is gone, but in as a possible replacement is Jarome Iginla. Having a goal scorer with Iginla's history would not only help MacKinnon now, but likely advance his development for the long term. Fantasy owners will have to invest early to get MacKinnon, since expectations will be high for an improvement. He is a No. 3 fantasy forward that you can get in the fourth round for this season, but don't be surprised if he goes sooner. - SA
36. Blake Wheeler, Wpg RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics822841694631918:41225
2015 Projections792437610562318:51213
2015 Outlook: Often undervalued, the Jets' leading scorer brings a well-balanced resume to the fantasy table. Since joining the franchise from the Bruins partway through 2010-11, the speedy winger has averaged 2.75 shots per game and 0.82 points per game, with a plus/minus in the black, all the while missing only two regular-season contests. Nothing jaw-dropping here, just steady, reliable production. - VM
37. Keith Yandle, Ari 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
38. Logan Couture, SJ CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics6523315421201318:56233
2015 Projections813234661301818:42266
2015 Outlook: According to rumblings out of San Jose, the "era of Couture" is entering launch phase. Amid trade rumors regarding members of the old guard -- Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, et al -- and redistribution of jersey letters, the Sharks are clearly keen on focusing on building around their rising young star. Does this mean we should expect Couture to finally break through the 70-point barrier in 2014-15? Sure, but the 25-year-old is probably ready to hit that mark, regardless. VM
39. James Wisniewski, Cls DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics75744510612822:37166
2015 Projections77842507672422:11173
2015 Outlook: Considering his shot and potential for an up-and-coming Blue Jackets squad, Wisniewski actually has upside to his already lofty fantasy value. His career high of 10 goals is not indicative of his true scoring capability, and the Jackets' power play could do more to aid Wisniewski's value. He's still a borderline top-50 overall fantasy player, so to describe his ranking as conservative should say a lot about his potential value if the Blue Jackets continue to improve. Even Wisniewski's defense partner, Ryan Murray, will bring more potential counting stats to Wisniewski's total once he gets better at the NHL level. The bottom line is Wisniewski is a pretty solid anchor to your fantasy defense, and he'll probably be gone by the sixth round of your draft. - SA
40. 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
41. Jarome Iginla, Col RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7830316134471418:13209
2015 Projections7526376319371318:06202
2015 Outlook: He's not getting younger, but at 37 years old, Iginla is showing no signs of slowing down, either. What's a good way to stay young on the ice? How about skating with two of the past three NHL rookie of the year winners. That's a very real possibility for Iginla, which has actually been mused about by Avalanche coach Patrick Roy. Iggy's goal-scoring acumen next to the speedy Nathan MacKinnon and visionary Gabriel Landeskog might be something to see. What if that plan doesn't work out? Well, Plan B would see Iginla on a line with former teammate Alex Tanguay. The last time they played a full season together with the Calgary Flames in 2010-11, Iginla had 43 goals. Yeah, Iginla should do all right in Denver. Fantasy owners should consider him the same old superstar headed into the season. - SA
42. Alexander Steen, StL LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics6833296217461720:17211
2015 Projections6725285312441619:14245
2015 Outlook: While another 30-point campaign may be a bit much for the asking, a full, healthy season from Steen should result in numbers close to that mark, particularly if the 30-year-old gels with free agent recruit Paul Stastny on the Blues' No. 1 forward line. VM
43. 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
44. Victor Hedman*, TB DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics751342555531422:26170
2015 Projections8011435412611623:02175
2015 Outlook: The 23-year-old Swede is the epitome of how it often takes longer for a young, talented defenseman to blossom at the NHL level, in comparison to a counterpart at forward. After four relatively uninspiring (at least on paper) campaigns in the NHL, Hedman erupted for 55 points in 75 games last season. He also led Tampa D-men in shots (170) and TOI (time on ice). Look for Hedman to man the point on the Lightning's top power-play unit again in 2014-15. VM+
45. 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