Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
46. Tyler Myers, Buf DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics6291322-2658921:5499
2015 Projections75112839-8681320:10122
2015 Outlook: Missing 20 games and sporting a terrible plus/minus hasn't helped Myers' stock headed into this season. But don't write him off completely. This lanky defender showed us No. 2 fantasy defenseman upside in his rookie season of 2009-10, and it's hard to forget that kind of debut. Injuries certainly have been a problem and a weak defense core hasn't helped either. A healthy Myers and a deep crop of defensemen for the Sabres should help turn things around this season. Myers still has the most power-play potential of the experienced blueliners in Buffalo, but he'll have to look over his shoulder for improvement from Rasmus Ristolainen or Nikita Zadorov. If you can get Myers as a No. 4 defenseman in the draft, you probably have a steal.- SA
47. Kevin Bieksa, Van DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7642024-8104822:46167
2015 Projections8162127-490522:52161
2015 Outlook: At his best, Bieksa brings a bit of everything to the fantasy table: a savory selection of goals, assists and power-play points, a bountiful platter of PIM, all the while offering a digestible plus/minus rating and ATOI figure. Unfortunately, Bieksa hasn't been near his best since 2011-12. So along with his top-pair partner Alex Edler, we'll see how the 33-year-old defenseman adjusts to the new coaching and management regime under Willie Desjardins, Jim Benning, Trevor Linden & Co. - VM
48. Radko Gudas*, TB DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics73319222152419:08114
2015 Projections77612184143218:54105
2015 Outlook: It will be interesting to see where (or if) the 24-year-old Czech defenseman fits within the Lightning's top four, with newcomers Jason Garrison and Anton Stralman on board. If paired with Victor Hedman, as many anticipate, Gudas can be relied upon to build on the 22-point total from his 73-game sophomore season. And the Lightning's most loyal visitor to the penalty box in 2013-14 -- by a country mile -- isn't expected to hold himself back in the rough stuff department, either. VM
49. Slava Voynov, LA DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics82430346441322:18143
2015 Projections82627337301022:20122
2015 Outlook: Voynov made good on his promising pedigree this past season, producing another strong offensive season from the blue line. But he still has room to grow. He has a much better shot from the point than has been displayed in the NHL stat lines so far, and he plays a ton of power-play time. So what gives? Well, the Kings finished fourth-worst in the NHL this past season with a 15.1 power-play conversion rate. Fix that number and Voynov moves from being a No. 4 fantasy defenseman to becoming a borderline No. 2 fantasy D-man. The Kings have the personnel to make it happen, and Voynov is still quite young at only 24 years old. He makes a pretty good bet to improve. - SA
50. Jay Bouwmeester, StL DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics824333726201124:03152
2015 Projections82325281128823:34134
2015 Outlook: No matter what, you can count on weighty on-ice minutes from the NHL's ultimate marathon man. The partnering with Alex Pietrangelo on the top pair, seeing minutes with the extra skater, and cultivating a vibrant plus-minus just adds to Bouwmeester's appeal. What's more, the veteran blueliner hasn't missed an NHL game in more than 10 years. Sometimes familiarity can push us away from a reliable commodity like Bouwmeester, making players like him underrated. Be the owner who grabs him. VM
51. Ryan Murray*, Cls DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics6641721410719:5262
2015 Projections72827357181520:5693
2015 Outlook: All said, Murray had a pretty solid (long-awaited) rookie season. When you consider 21 points came with him missing significant time with a lower-body injury and playing fewer than 20 minutes on average, you can quickly see the upside. That's especially true considering Murray played on what is arguably the team's first pairing with James Wisniewski and earned modest power-play time. Murray has a sound game and will benefit from lots of ice time and improving offensive teammates. While his fantasy peak will not come this season, he should be good enough to warrant a regular spot in your lineup. - SA
52. Johnny Boychuk, NYI DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics75518233145021:12142
2015 Projections7772027448622:48150
53. Tobias Enstrom, Wpg DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics82102030-9561323:54106
2015 Projections8183240-11441223:58108
2015 Outlook: It wasn't that long ago, just before the franchise moved to Winnipeg, that Enstrom was the cat's meow from a fantasy standpoint. But a series of injuries (upper, middle and lower body) struck, and then his constant blue-line partner, Dustin Byfuglien, morphed back into a forward, and Enstrom hasn't sported the same fantasy shine since. Happily, the gifted Swede has been relatively healthy for about a year now, and he appears to be settling into regular partnerships with both Zach Bogosian and Jacob Trouba. Enstrom's prominent role with the man advantage is also secure. Don't be surprised if the 29-year-old turns another corner in 2014-15. VM
54. Cody Franson, Tor DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7952833-20301820:41115
2015 Projections8272734-4371520:12138
2015 Outlook: Someone, somewhere, will eventually have to explain to us why Franson can't secure anything longer than a one-year deal. It's weird. Gifted with a killer shot, the 6-foot-5 blueliner is adept at running the power play and serves as an effective offensive defenseman at even strength, as well. Go ahead and draft him as a depth D-man in later rounds; he has the potential to (pleasantly) surprise. - VM
55. Andy Greene, NJ DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics82824323321324:35134
2015 Projections8062329638524:30125
2015 Outlook: Marek Zidlicky is still in town, and both Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill are coming up behind him; in other words, Greene's days as a fill-in fantasy defenseman might be coming to a close. Given his minutes and games layer, Greene should have lapped Gelinas in production. Instead, he finished with just one more goal and two more assists despite playing in 22 more games and averaging almost eight minutes more in ice time per game. Greene might have one more fantasy-relevant season left, while Gelinas and Merrill develop their game, but we aren't betting on it too highly at the draft table. - SA
56. Andrej Meszaros, Buf DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics5271522540217:4784
2015 Projections7892433-10671119:38124
2015 Outlook: Meszaros has good size and decent enough offensive skills to be in the mix as the secondary scoring defenseman on the Sabres. After Tyler Myers, Meszaros leads the way in a group that lacks experience (Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov) or offensive upside (Josh Gorges and Mike Weber). By default, Meszaros might be called upon for power-play time -- potentially with the first unit. The statistics won't blow you away even in the best situation, but he's a decent, dependable depth fantasy option. - SA
57. Olli Maatta, Pit DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7892029814618:30119
2015 Projections687222912181019:07125
2015 Outlook: After a successful rookie campaign, Maatta is due for an increase in overall minutes in his sophomore season with the Penguins. However, with Christian Ehrhoff aboard to replace Matt Niskanen -- an upgrade, as far as consistent offensive defensemen are concerned -- Maatta may lose out on regular scoring opportunities with the extra skater. The Pittsburgh club has a strong cast of D-men who manage well on the point with the man-advantage, as long as Ehrhoff, Kris Letang and Paul Martin stay out of sick bay. VM
58. Brian Campbell, Fla DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8273037-6201226:57116
2015 Projections8262632-10181226:38113
2015 Outlook: His points have dipped in three seasons with the Panthers despite consistent ice time. Now, as the entire team gets better, the theory is that Campbell's numbers should also rise. But this is now three years later, and the club not only boasts an up-and-coming offensive defenseman in Dmitry Kulikov, but No. 1 overall draft pick Aaron Ekblad will be looking for a piece of the action as well. Since the power play will be a big source of fantasy value for defensemen with the Panthers, Campbell needs to make sure he is a part of the first unit. Since Campbell doesn't take a ton of shots and is so disciplined it hurts his fantasy value, he doesn't make a great fantasy player compared to his actual value as a big-minute defenseman in the NHL. - SA
59. Nick Leddy, NYI DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics827243110101016:22123
2015 Projections8172835-218622:24132
60. Justin Faulk, Car DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7652732-937823:25152
2015 Projections8252530-528523:30154
2015 Outlook: Faulk has found the perfect defense partner in Andrej Sekera, as each complements the other with his offensive skills and defensive abilities. The result was a great fantasy season in 2013-14 for Sekera and a pretty decent showing for Faulk as well. Faulk has a higher ceiling to his production, and at just 22 years old should continue to improve on his 32 points from this past season. His shot is also good enough to score a lot more than five goals during a campaign, given his ice time. Look for a potential breakout from this defender, who could possibly be had in the final rounds of your draft. - SA