Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
31. Anton Khudobin, Car GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics3419141208412.30.926
2015 Projections4119.316.13243262.38.917
2015 Outlook: The Hurricanes' goaltending job is about as up for grabs as it can get. Khudobin looked great as the starter this past season after seizing the job from Cam Ward, but with a new head coach and the organizational loyalty to Ward, all bets are off coming into this campaign. You can bet Ward has worked in the offseason to earn his job back after two injury-plagued campaigns. But with Khudobin's strong performance, there is a very big threat of a timeshare developing and sticking in place for the Hurricanes. The duo could actually make for a decent fantasy combination, but only if you can get them both late. If you insist on gambling on one of them, make it Khudobin. His success is more recent and he's younger. - SA
32. Rob Zepp, Phi GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics----------------
2015 Projections0000000.00.000
33. Darcy Kuemper, Min GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics251282148042.43.915
2015 Projections3518.911.92207642.36.917
2015 Outlook: Niklas Backstrom hasn't been a strong fantasy goaltender since 2008-09 -- that's six seasons ago. Josh Harding was otherworldly this past season, but also showed us how quickly multiple sclerosis can resurface and impact his ability to play -- and he's out indefinitely with a broken foot. That leaves Kuemper as a reliable option for the Wild. This is a team with aspirations nothing short of the Stanley Cup, so if Kuemper gets the call to be the starting goaltender, he has a great team to work with in front of him. Drafting Kuemper is a gamble, but he is a nicer bet than Backstrom to have fantasy value this season. - SA
34. Robin Lehner*, Ott GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics3012151194263.06.913
2015 Projections3015.610.61177942.29.920
2015 Outlook: Lehner has been thrown into a trial by fire the past couple seasons as Craig Anderson has dealt with injuries. The results have been promising but clearly weren't overwhelming enough for the Sens to part ways with Anderson. In fact, they've re-upped with Anderson for four more seasons. Now, Lehner is still four more years away from the age when goaltenders usually begin to peak, so we are guessing the Anderson signing is strategic in that sense. However, be aware that Lehner has shown signs of being able to handle an increased NHL workload and is just an Anderson muscle tweak away from getting another shot when he is a year older and a year wiser. He's worth stashing on the bench in deeper leagues because of his future-star label. - SA
35. Niklas Backstrom, Min GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics195110109423.02.899
2015 Projections2915.79.90172002.23.916
36. Viktor Fasth, Edm GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics1255070022.83.903
2015 Projections3013.512.21177942.34.919
2015 Outlook: Fasth may have come into the NHL later than most goaltenders, but he showed plenty of talent and poise. After pushing Jonas Hiller for a starting job in his rookie season, Fasth dealt with injuries before being traded to the Oilers in 2013-14. He played only seven games in net for the Oilers, but put up better numbers than Ben Scrivens. The two will battle for the starting gig, and could end up in a timeshare. Fantasy value comes into play only if Fasth clearly beats out Scrivens for the job, and the Oilers become a much better defensive team.- SA
37. Alex Stalock, SJ GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics181252125121.87.932
2015 Projections2915.410.12172012.33.916
2015 Outlook: Salivating at the chance to take over from Antti Niemi at any given occasion, Stalock is hoping to prove he's capable of sporting the No. 1 hat in the NHL. Fact is, the proficient AHLer was solid to brilliant -- including a .932 save percentage and 1.87 goals-against average in 24 regular-season appearances -- in relief of Niemi in 2013-14. And the Sharks won't hesitate in making the switch if their current No. 1 flounders. Label Stalock a fantasy dark horse with great upside to start the season. VM
38. Ondrej Pavelec, Wpg GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics5722261324773.01.901
2015 Projections5525.921.51326292.76.906
2015 Outlook: Anointed the preseason No. 1 for the Jets, Pavelec is nonetheless in rumored danger of losing the everyday starting gig to Michael Hutchinson, who shows promise despite having played only three games at the NHL level. And you can only partly blame the team's porous defense for Pavelec's uninspiring .901 save percentage and 3.01 goals-against average of 2013-14. The 27-year-old fills the G3 slot on fantasy squads in deeper leagues, at best. VM
39. Evgeni Nabokov, TB GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics3915144225482.74.905
2015 Projections2010.47.11118612.37.911
2015 Outlook: Unless Ben Bishop endures additional complications in recovering from offseason wrist surgery, or seriously injures himself during the season, we won't see too much of Nabokov through 2014-15. He accepts his role as a backup, and the 39-year-old doesn't merit consideration beyond the No. 3 role in deeper leagues. - VM
40. Devan Dubnyk, Min GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics3111182180133.43.891
2015 Projections219.78.41124542.54.914
2015 Outlook: Arizona management better hope Dubnyk's disastrous turn with the Predators this past season was a brief exception, not the lasting rule. If not, a serious injury to Mike Smith would spell a depressingly long season for the Coyotes. On the positive side, Dubnyk has a history of solid performances for a fairly porous Oilers team, which is more telling to the hulking goalie's capabilities than his ugly sneeze in Nashville. - VM
41. Karri Ramo, Cgy GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics3717152219342.65.911
2015 Projections2410.89.80142332.63.912
2015 Outlook: Ramo looked like he learned a lot during a four-year stint in the KHL after he first appeared as a 21-year-old with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now a 28-year-old with a ton of starting experience, Ramo will be a strong substitute should something befall Jonas Hiller this season. But that's about the only chance for Ramo to have a fantasy impact. Unfortunately, Hiller's arrival makes Ramo the natural backup. You can probably skip drafting Ramo and consider him only as a handcuff if it turns out the Flames are winning more games than expected. - SA
42. Justin Peters, Wsh GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics20791122542.50.919
2015 Projections1896.71106712.57.912
2015 Outlook: The primary backup to Braden Holtby, Peters should enjoy better numbers in Washington than with the Hurricanes. He'll also have more opportunities to start in a tandem role, if Holtby doesn't totally run away with the starter's gig. - VM
43. Michal Neuvirth, NYI GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics1348088422.78.921
2015 Projections2910.713.51172032.75.914
2015 Outlook: Neuvirth is only three months older than Jhonas Enroth, has similar AHL stats and more NHL experience. While Enroth might have been the heir apparent to the Sabres' starting job for some time, Neuvirth will give him a run for his money. There is potential for fantasy value with the Sabres if the starting gig belongs to one goaltender. The rebuilt defense and strong coaching of Ted Nolan should make the team sound in their own zone -- not to mention the shot-blocking of Josh Gorges alone. Should Neuvirth surprise by winning the starting job, he could easily find his way onto fantasy squads this season. And if for some reason you gamble with Enroth as a No. 2 fantasy goaltender, Neuvirth makes a good handcuff. - SA
44. Ray Emery, Phi GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics219122139822.96.903
2015 Projections209.280118612.59.909
2015 Outlook: Steve Mason has shed the need for his owners to handcuff him with Emery. But that doesn't mean it isn't prudent planning in deeper leagues. Aside from pretty weak numbers this past season, Emery has flashed his ability to adequately backstop a team when called upon during recent campaigns. That means if something were to happen to Mason, Emery could become a pretty valuable fantasy commodity. Given Mason's track record -- which includes a couple of injury-marred campaigns in addition to significant cold snaps -- Emery is one of the better ICE (in case of emergency) backups in the league. He has no value with Mason healthy and starting, but if pressed into duty could be a No. 2 fantasy tender. - SA
45. 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