Complete 2015 Projections

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2014 Statistics82104353-4812324:37204204
2015 Projections801238506712125:03210137.5
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
2014 Statistics6439185379252.37.915218.4
2015 Projections6339.117.74373742.34.914209.4
2015 Outlook: No other top-10 goalie in the league receives as much criticism as the starting netminder for the Penguins. Yet Fleury's regular-season numbers are dependably solid (save percentage, goals-against average) to super (wins, shutouts). His admittedly less-glossy postseason resume -- and the 29-year-old was better this past spring -- shouldn't mean a lick to fantasy owners. Another bonus for Fleury owners in 2014-15: He's in a contract year, which could push him to perform his best. - VM
2014 Statistics782741687461819:21248218.5
2015 Projections7025335811402219:22242176
2015 Outlook: After bouncing around the NHL in 2013-14, ultimately assisting the Montreal Canadiens with a Cinderella playoff run, Vanek signed with the Wild this offseason. He provides an instant upgrade over every winger on the team save for Zach Parise, and should play with Parise on the team's top line. Despite suiting up for three different teams, Vanek managed 27 goals. But key in on his time with the New York Islanders, when he played with an elite player in John Tavares and you'll see the potential Vanek has with Parise. Vanek had 17 goals in 47 games with the Isles, scoring points at nearly a point-per-game clip. There is tremendous potential for Vanek to return to elite levels this coming season. - SA
2014 Statistics37111122-8161224:1410895.5
2015 Projections7116304614522324:25199135
2015 Outlook: One of the premiere offensive defensemen in the league, Letang is no worse for wear after suffering that terrifying stroke in 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
2014 Statistics7628406826341520:28193313.4
2015 Projections7724386221291820:24200199.5
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
2014 Statistics6041142363962.41.927233.7
2015 Projections5934.218.33350042.43.922202.5
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
2014 Statistics701139503421820:4097213.9
2015 Projections8014577110552520:02122212.5
2015 Outlook: Along with his twin brother, we expect Henrik to rebound under new coach Willie Desjardins from a thoroughly disappointing 2013-14 season, as long as the forward is 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
2014 Statistics733921608351718:29270207.6
2015 Projections793327604402018:19285184
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
2014 Statistics6337145358672.23.924228.5
2015 Projections6233.521.14367872.47.919202.8
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
2014 Statistics6414334712632025:14180187
2015 Projections78124052-1811925:16211138.5
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
2014 Statistics823337700182320:31285258.8
2015 Projections772933623212120:18275200.5
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
2014 Statistics80152944-4502225:54199169
2015 Projections821338514462125:53219153
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
2014 Statistics8224396320261717:21241234.9
2015 Projections7827386510261818:08251200
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
2014 Statistics822841694631918:41225230
2015 Projections792437610562318:51213178
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
2014 Statistics8284553-23633124:09241211
2015 Projections821143546521824:17222154
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