Complete 2016 Projections

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2015 Statistics6040134351952.32.916574
2016 Projections6039.615.13355952.35.915573.2
2016 Outlook: With a deep, talented roster in front of him, Bishop can turn his good -- not great -- numbers into buckets of wins. In fact, only Carey Price has more during the past two seasons. While Bishop's goals against average was 15th in the NHL and his save percentage wasn't even top 20, the Lightning won games in front of him. While Andrei Vasilevskiy looked like he would be a threat to drop Bishop's starts below the 60 games threshold, surgery to remove a blood clot will keep him out for at least the first two months of the season. That should give Bishop enough of a head start to repeat his success in Tampa Bay for a third season. And that will mean Bishop is a low-tier No. 1 goaltender in fantasy thanks to the wins. Keeper leagues will want to consider pulling the chute on Bishop this season though, as Vasilevskiy is waiting in the wings to challenge for the job on a permanent basis. In fact, even despite his absence at the start of the season, Vasilevskiy is worth handcuffing to Bishop in deeper leagues.
2015 Statistics8024406411142117:43167378.8
2016 Projections813045759122618:34204399
2016 Outlook: Making up a third of one of the most dynamic lines in the NHL, Gaudreau was named a Calder Memorial Trophy finalist in 2014-15 (losing to Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad). The diminutive winger proved he was more than ready to play with the big boys, scoring 24 goals and 40 assists, including 21 power play points. We expect no less from Gaudreau this campaign. Those concerned that the Flames top line was a flash in the pan can rest assured that they are for real; they appeared to grow collectively stronger as the season regular season wore on.
2015 Statistics77174966-6322819:07227389.8
2016 Projections781850688342418:54240353
2016 Outlook: Proving his back problems are behind him at least for the time being, Henrik Zetterberg topped 65 points and managed a mostly healthy campaign as one of the Red Wings' offensive catalysts once again. Though his shots on goal have been muted somewhat from years past, the reason is actually a positive for Zetterberg -- the quality of his linemates is on an upward trend. Zetterberg has chemistry with Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist at even strength, and the trio is downright deadly on the power play. Expect a lower goal total as Zetterberg transitions his game to accommodate his linemates -- as he always has -- but note that the final tally will still come out north of 60 points. The addition of Mike Green to an already dangerous man advantage pushes an already high ceiling even higher for Zetterberg on the power play.
2015 Statistics82274067-6122419:04263465.8
2016 Projections81314374-4152519:31279411.8
2016 Outlook: Last summer, we projected Couture would reach the 70-point mark, for the first time, in 2014-15. He nearly did, missing the mark by only three (27 goals, 40 assists on 263 shots). So here we sit, reiterating that prediction, with even greater confidence.
2015 Statistics5728205330682.56.921552.5
2016 Projections663324.46391572.42.920630.3
2016 Outlook: Varlamov was superb in 2013-14 and still pretty good last season despite his club's overall struggles. Offseason additions in size and grit department, particularly with a greater focus on puck possession in mind, should help the Avs' No. 1 enjoy numbers more reminiscent of 2013-14 (chiefly in applying to W's).
2015 Statistics71362264184132.24.918627
2016 Projections6833.325.68403372.38.914614.9
2016 Outlook: The Los Angeles Kings allowed the least number of shots in 2014-15, which works both for and against Quick as a fantasy netminder. While those plump .950-plus save-percentages are tougher to come by, fewer shots-against (logically) translates into more wins. As you would expect, Quick's goals against was sixth in the NHL, but his .918 save percentage was middle of the road. A nice bonus of taking Quick is the usage. You can bank on an exceptional quantity of appearances from the Kings' No. 1; only Washington's Braden Holtby played more minutes last season.
2015 Statistics6826315392392.26.925610.5
2016 Projections712732.56421192.37.918615.9
2016 Outlook: If only Cory Schneider could also score a few goals, he'd arguably be top five among fantasy goaltenders. Alas, all he can do is be very, very good at stopping goals from being scored, which leaves him at the low-end of the fantasy goaltender top 10. The losing record he will almost surely have will limit his overall fantasy value, but Schneider remained one of the busiest and most proficient puck stoppers in the NHL last season. His .925 save percentage was fifth in the NHL and his 2.26 goals against average was tied for ninth. Two out of three fantasy categories isn't bad, but without the wins, Schneider isn't the complete package. Don't let that lack of victories dissuade you from selecting Schneider for your team, however. The massive number of elite minutes that Schneider plays can go a long way to padding your ratios as you look for wins from goaltenders that aren't quite his quality.
2015 Statistics82233659-2791718:30214401.5
2016 Projections822838664741718:50224352
2016 Outlook: After a surprisingly strong showing the previous season under then-new head coach Patrick Roy, the Avalanche fell short of expectations in 2014-15. While several factors played into the regression, the effectiveness of the power play -- 15 percent, down from 19.5 percent in 2013-14 -- sticks out. Yet Landeskog's personal numbers weren't awful, 59 points as compared to 65 a year earlier. Look for the Colorado captain to rebound to the mid- to high-60s, adjacent center Matt Duchene and a fully-fit Nathan MacKinnon.
2015 Statistics8026386421141317:01157397.3
2016 Projections8229447312292117:53204379
2016 Outlook: Tying for the rookie scoring lead last season, Stone showed he is ready to be a top-line winger in the NHL. There may be a tendency to point at his low shot total and high shooting percentage as a problem going forward, but taking quality shots has been a hallmark of Stone at the professional level. His shooting percentage in the AHL for two seasons was even higher than the 16.6 percent mark he managed in the NHL last season. Playing with Kyle Turris and getting top power play time with Erik Karlsson on the ice will mean more scoring from Stone, and another run at 60 points is in order. Don't expect a big jump in his counting stats as a sophomore, as he actually played an impressive 17 minutes per game as a rookie and doesn't have a lot of growing room there -- but you will happily take what he is giving you.
2015 Statistics7433296221411619:11259430.8
2016 Projections763033639371819:26262360.5
2016 Outlook: Last season's haul of 33 goals ands 29 assists on 259 shots (74 games) feels a bit pedestrian for Minnesota's most dangerous winger. Once a point-per-game player for the Devils, Parise could be again if members of his immediate supporting cast (Jason Pominville, Mikael Granlund, etc.) do their part.
2015 Statistics822056765182518:21226419.5
2016 Projections821955746282318:47222366.5
2016 Outlook: In a second-straight season with coach Willie Desjardins, don't rule out a point-per-game output from Daniel or his brother, especially with Radim Vrbata part of the power play mix. The now-35-year-old registered 76 points last season and is primed to be in that ballpark once again.
2015 Statistics7831457617141618:01158406.5
2016 Projections7933488116201518:18168386
2016 Outlook: Think Hudler is having fun playing with a couple of kids in Calgary? Look no further than his 31 goals and 45 assists earned alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan for the answer. His 19.6% shooting percentage is high, but when you consider that it wasn't even his career high and that he hasn't finished a season with a shooting percentage below 15.6% since 2010-11, there shouldn't be too much regression to worry about. Draft Hudler as your No. 1 -- or, if you're fortunate, No. 2 -- right wing in most conventional leagues.
2015 Statistics5938176354942.43.914585.3
2016 Projections613618.53361852.40.916572.4
2016 Outlook: His ratios may be in the middle of the road for goaltenders, but Halak is a win machine. The unquestioned No. 1 for an improving New York Islanders squad should be in line for his first 40-win season if things go as expected. His workload probably won't increase much with a capable Thomas Greiss ready to step in, but it won't shrink much either. Used on a fantasy hockey team in tandem with an elite ratios goaltender, Halak will have peak value. Just try to remember that a lot of goaltenders will do better in goals against average and save percentage -- Halak ranked 23rd in the NHL in both categories last season.
2015 Statistics64142438-734717:03192258
2016 Projections8223406311441817:47250342.5
2016 Outlook: A prime bounce-back candidate, MacKinnon is poised to equal, if not better, the 24 goals and 39 helpers earned in his outstanding rookie season. According to ESPN Insider's Matt Coller, "The 2013-14 Calder Trophy winner had a disappointing follow up showing last season, scoring only 14 goals in 64 games for a team that regressed heavily from winning the Pacific Division two seasons ago. One of the biggest factors in their fall was their 29th-ranked power play, which only scored on 15 percent of opportunities. MacKinnon's goal-scoring numbers were squashed by their man-advantage struggles. He scored eight power play goals during his rookie season and is very likely to get back to that mark or more this season."
2015 Statistics7219365517511318:50162331.5
2016 Projections8020446413521819:27168313
2016 Outlook: Though the Washington Capitals upgraded twice at right wing, T.J. Oshie feels like the better fit on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. If Oshie can secure the job, he will easily challenge his career bests across the board. Valuable in fantasy more for his balance of contributions, Oshie brings a tenacity to the table that will mesh well with Ovechkin's own doggedness on the puck. While he's been traditionally just outside the top 100 skaters as a member of the St. Louis Blues, Oshie would be a top-50 skater on the Capitals' top line. Still, there is a pretty hefty risk if Justin Williams is the winner of the Ovechkin-Backstrom sweepstakes in training camp, as the second line is a significant falloff in terms of surrounding talent. Williams doesn't have the same upside on the top line as he has already played with star linemates for the Los Angeles Kings and still managed to disappear from the boxscores for extended stretches.