Complete 2015 Projections

The default order for player projections is based on ESPN.com's recommended draft rankings, which take into account projected total points as well as upside and risk.

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
31. Daniel Sedin, Van LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics731631470381820:36224
2015 Projections6624396321291920:24204
2015 Outlook: We've heard the melancholic warnings about the Sedins slowing and breaking down as they enter their "golden years," but a 33-year-old Sedin is still worth more than most 25-year-old non-Sedins (as the old saying goes). And we're excited about watching Daniel (along with brother Henrik) respond to new coach Willie Desjardins, who reportedly aims to bring a fast-paced offense back to Vancouver. As long as Daniel remains healthy -- and that has become a legit concern of late -- he should see an increase in production across the board, particularly in the goal-scoring department. - VM
32. Matt Duchene, Col CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics712347708191718:30217
2015 Projections732440649231819:01236
2015 Outlook: Technically speaking, Duchene hasn't posted a complete season that would put him as a No. 2 fantasy forward. However, let's not get too technical; this guy is amazing on the ice. Duchene can take over the game when he wants, and is in an ideal situation to move into the elite tier of fantasy forwards. He'll pair, once again, with Ryan O'Reilly on a line that will feature a new member for the departed P.A. Parenteau. Because either player can play center, the new linemate could easily be a winger such as, oh, let's say, legendary scorer Jarome Iginla. But even if Iginla is moved elsewhere, some of the other potential linemates include veteran playmaker Alex Tanguay or power forward Jamie McGinn. The upside of an improved power play helping to fuel Duchene's production makes him even more exciting. He'll be worth the use of a third-round draft choice. - SA
33. P.K. Subban, Mon DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics82104353-4812324:37204
2015 Projections2214385212712225:03210
2015 Outlook: Still just coming into his prime, Subban is in the same place as fellow franchisee Carey Price. And that place would be in the conversation as a top three fantasy asset at his position. Subban is definitely in the same range as Erik Karlsson and Shea Weber as the most valuable fantasy blueliner. We think the conversation is a bit shorter than with goaltenders (as Karlsson is a bit ahead of the other two), but that's beside the point. Subban, aside from some defensive growth needed to stabilize his plus/minus, is the complete package. He shoots, he scores, he gets penalty minutes and he plays big minutes on and off the power play. It will cost fantasy owners a high draft pick this offseason to acquire Subban's services. - SA
34. Kris Letang, Pit DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics37111122-8161224:14108
2015 Projections23163046-2282324:25199
2015 Outlook: One of the premiere offensive defensemen in the league, Letang is no worse for wear after suffering that terrifying stroke last January, as made evident during last season's playoff run. The only prospective threat to Letang's numbers in 2014-15 is the possibility of being bumped from the top power play unit by offseason signing Christian Ehrhoff. Even then, there's likely enough scoring to go around in Pittsburgh to suit everyone. - VM
35. Jonathan Toews, Chi CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7628406826341520:28193
2015 Projections------------------
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
36. Semyon Varlamov, Col GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics6041142363962.41.927
2015 Projections5935193343342.55.922
2015 Outlook: Varlamov was a revelation in 2013-14. Helping take the Avalanche from worst to first in their division, Varlamov turned in a respectable 2.41 goals-against average that can improve with the help of a learning defensive core. But more impressive for his fantasy owners was an awesome .927 save percentage, while facing a lot of rubber. Varlamov was a workhorse in the crease and showed little signs of slowing down while playing 63 games. The Avalanche offense will continue to provide Varlamov with plenty of wins, and fantasy owners can rest easy with him as a No. 1 goaltender. The GAA should make him slip outside the top five goalies, but wait much longer and you'll miss out on him. - SA
37. Henrik Sedin, Van CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics701139503421820:4097
2015 Projections801152635422120:02112
2015 Outlook: Along with his twin brother, we expect Henrik to rebound off a thoroughly disappointing 2013-14 under new coach Willie Desjardins, as long as he's able to stay healthy. The Sedin twins no longer merit first- or second-round selection in fantasy drafts, but they're not fit for pasture yet, particularly with the major culture change underway in Vancouver. - VM
38. Max Pacioretty, Mon LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics733921608351718:29270
2015 Projections793327604512018:19295
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 their 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 to ever 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
39. Pavel Datsyuk, Det CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics45172037161220:16126
2015 Projections6123335611151920:09194
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
40. Ben Bishop, TB GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%
2014 Statistics6337145358672.23.924
2015 Projections6233224402272.27.919
2015 Outlook: Bishop's Vezina-nominated turn in 2013-14 was no fluke. It's not like the 27-year-old wasn't good during his stint with the Senators, or even the Blues before then. Only that after throwing off the shackles of serving as a supporting cast member in Ottawa and St. Louis, Bishop was finally able to strut his stuff as an unencumbered No. 1. And strut he did. As long as the recovery from offseason wrist surgery remains smooth and on-schedule -- as anticipated -- Tampa's top banana shouldn't fall far from the .924 save percentage and 2.23 goals-against average marks (along with 37 wins) he posted this past season. - VM
41. Mark Giordano, Cgy DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics6414334712632025:14180
2015 Projections781243553811925:08207
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
42. Patrick Marleau, SJ LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics823337700182320:31285
2015 Projections772933621212120:18270
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 round of most standard fantasy leagues. - VM
43. Alexander Steen, StL LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics6833296217461720:17211
2015 Projections552629558441719:14245
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
44. Nathan MacKinnon, Col CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8224396320261717:21241
2015 Projections7827406710261918:10249
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 for this season that you can get in the fourth round, but don't be surprised if he goes sooner. - SA
45. Keith Yandle, Ari DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8284553-23633124:09241
2015 Projections821143547521824:17221
2015 Outlook: The Coyotes' top offensive defenseman, and No. 1 overall fantasy performer the past couple 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. Importantly, he hasn't missed a regular season contest since 2008-09. Yandle is a top-10 fantasy defenseman in any standard league. - VM