Complete 2015 Projections

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2014 Statistics78203656-20862623:05256315
2015 Projections81213051-12801820:09255214
2015 Outlook: A fantasy hockey gem as a forward/defenseman hybrid, Byfuglien loses some sparkle slotted solely up front. But as long as he's fixed as a top-six winger with either center Bryan Little or Mark Scheifele, and Evander Kane or Andrew Ladd on the left side, Big Buff's goal and assist totals will remain solid, particularly on the power play. And you can bank on an above-average shots total along with heightened physical play (i.e., hits). Just don't expect help in the plus/minus or TOI sectors. Bonus: Fitness taskmaster Paul Maurice should help whip Byfuglien into better shape at season's launch than in the past. - VM
2014 Statistics572820481610916:51153232
2015 Projections8124335717121717:36220236
2015 Outlook: Nyquist is the latest positive proof of the Red Wings' slow, steady approach to preparing a player for the NHL. Without ever rushing his development and giving him plenty of cups of coffee along the way, Nyquist finally exploded at the NHL level when given the opportunity this past season. He scored 48 points in 57 games and is an extremely enticing figure entering this season. Can he maintain a pace that would have him at 70 points in a full season? Or will the return of healthy offensive leaders Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk cut into his production? The answer probably lies somewhere in between. Nyquist should be selected as a top-50 forward, but hopefully, you can wait until the seventh round of your draft to make the move. - SA
2014 Statistics541625416401717:39149202
2015 Projections6921284913561717:54180206
2015 Outlook: You know exactly what you are getting into with Franzen. He's a powerful forward who is willing to do what it takes to score goals, but the punishment he gets from playing a physical game tends to knock him out of it for several stretches each season. A healthy Franzen will score 30 goals and 65 points to go with terrific peripheral stats, but asking for a healthy Franzen might be too much. He showed great chemistry at the end of last season with Gustav Nyquist and is definitely a high-risk, high-reward pick coming into this season. A healthy Red Wings team could be very explosive for fantasy owners, but there are a lot of question marks surrounding that health. - SA
2014 Statistics8224436716461719:10231281
2015 Projections782238606261918:42186243
2015 Outlook: The fact that Jagr hoisted the Stanley Cup before some of his teammates were born (Jon Merrill) should not daunt you from selecting this ageless fantasy wonder. He skated 19 minutes per night for the Devils this past season, fired 231 shots and collected 67 points. He'll turn 43 this season, but so what? Jagr is going to keep chugging along until he decides he's done playing hockey. He's coming back for another season, so he needs to be trusted. The Devils upgraded their offense -- at least on paper -- with Mike Cammalleri, but his health will be a big question mark. The thought of a healthy sniper like Cammalleri playing regularly with Jagr does make one wonder if Jagr can have an even better season. Just because it seems crazy to draft someone approaching their mid-40s any sooner, we recommend holding off on Jagr until you already have three or four forwards. - SA
2014 Statistics652220421421219:55210216
2015 Projections742328514471520:10213214
2015 Outlook: Semin scored at a point-per-game rate in his Hurricanes debut in 2013. Literally, he had 44 points in 44 games thanks to instant chemistry with Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty. So what happened this past season? That chemistry seemed to fall to the wayside as Semin found himself with 42 points in 65 games. A slow start, followed by a December concussion, suppressed his stats at the start of the season, but by season's end Semin was somewhat back in business. He had 27 points in 37 games after the calendar flipped to 2014 and rekindled some chemistry with Staal and Tlusty to close the season. That said, a new head coach will bring changes to the lineup, and Semin is still dogged by criticisms of his work ethic. Will we get the inspired sniper or the lackadaisical winger? Best wait until the middle rounds of your draft if you are going to find out with him on your team. - SA
2014 Statistics761634505981018:47189237
2015 Projections79183048797818:30197190
2015 Outlook: The Blue Jackets' depth chart can be debated extensively, but what is clear is that Dubinsky turned in a pretty solid fantasy season despite being on the team's second line. That helps us buy into him regardless of how the lines shake out with the addition of Scott Hartnell to the mix. He's probably not a regular 20-goal scorer in a second-line role, but Dubinsky's penalty minutes and average ice time help him in standard leagues. However Hartnell fits into the equation, he makes the Jackets' second line better -- whether through bumping Boone Jenner or Nathan Horton from the top line or landing on the second line himself. That bodes well for Dubinsky to have another fantasy season that gets underrated because he isn't overly flashy on offense. - SA
2014 Statistics82293160-41062416:46209301
2015 Projections79242650-71041616:25200214
2015 Outlook: Simmonds was the ultimate fourth Musketeer last season, joining Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek (who played together on the same line at even strength) on the power play. The role suits him. Simmonds finished third in the NHL in power-play goals and, largely thanks to his 106 penalty minutes and 209 shots on goal, stuffed enough categories to be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy forward last season. Can he do it again with Hartnell now departed? We do know that Hartnell was ineffective and missed some games in 2013, and Simmonds put up the same rate of stats as he did in 2013-14. That's a good sign for Simmonds in terms of his ability to manage just fine in the post-Hartnell Flyers era. There could even be some upside here. Michael Raffl was OK but not great on the top line last season, Matt Read is streaky and R.J. Umberger has looked a bit long in the tooth in recent seasons. What if Simmonds joins Giroux and Voracek on a permanent basis? Simmonds has shown chemistry with Giroux and Voracek on the power play, and he's a sleeper to earn the top-line role at even strength, too. - SA
2014 Statistics80283765-11182019:33200316
2015 Projections81274067-10102319:45214279
2015 Outlook: Eberle is quick and hard-working, but the separation between Eberle and fellow young star Taylor Hall became apparent this past season. Where it looks like Hall will be an elite fantasy superstar, Eberle may have to settle for regular ol' star forward. That's not to say you don't want him on your fantasy team, because you do. Eberle will make a run at 70 points and take more than his fair share of shots on goal. But with a poisonous plus/minus, he is a step down from the No. 3 and No. 4 fantasy forwards in the world. In fact, with a ballooning Oilers depth chart of scoring forwards, we aren't too keen on Eberle as a high pick. There are safer options with fewer threats to their role. - SA
2014 Statistics652613391036717:01258218
2015 Projections792722493261617:12280218
2015 Outlook: We aren't ranking Nash very highly, but we are trying to use our heads instead of our hearts. Here we have a 30-year-old who has twice scored 40 goals in the NHL despite being a one-man show for many seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He finally moves on to star in the Big Apple and turns in a pretty impressive debut in the lockout-shortened season. But then, things come crashing to the floor in his encore. Only 26 goals and 39 points in 65 games is barely better than Nash's rookie season of 2002-03. In the playoffs, he was a disaster. The Rangers advanced despite Nash getting only three goals in 25 games. The pressure will be on to turn it around, and we think Nash can bounce back, but take the draft-day discount that will come with him leaving such a sour taste in owners' mouths this past season. - SA
2014 Statistics8130396913102120:56204339
2015 Projections812237596141818:22201239
2015 Outlook: It will be very interesting to see St. Louis suit up for a full season outside of a Tampa Bay Lightning uniform. And based on this past season and the playoffs, things don't bode all that well for him with the Rangers. St. Louis finished 2013-14 with only eight points in 19 games after the trade deadline and didn't improve much with 15 points in 25 playoff games. Now, 15 points in 25 games is OK, but not when you've averaged better than a point per game going back seven seasons. It's not all St. Louis' fault; after all, not every linemate can be Steven Stamkos. It's going to take Rick Nash rediscovering his goal-scoring prowess for St. Louis to be better than a low-end No. 5 fantasy forward. The way things have been going for Nash, we don't want to place a large bet on that happening. - SA
2014 Statistics762231531281716:52248260
2015 Projections8023264910311516:33239208
2015 Outlook: Projected to skate on a scoring line with center Evgeni Malkin, and on the Penguins' top power-play unit, the former Predator could be in for the best season of his career. Look for Hornqvist to blow this past season's points total of 53 -- his best in the NHL to date -- completely out of the water. We expect the tough, versatile winger to blend in nicely with his new club. - VM
2014 Statistics41111930710717:00103129
2015 Projections682722499161618:02226217
2015 Outlook: It was refreshing to see Gaborik flourishing on the ice again. His speed matches perfectly with the poise and playmaking of Anze Kopitar. After finishing the regular season with 16 points in 19 games alongside Kopitar, Gaborik cranked things up in the postseason and posted 14 goals and 22 points in 26 games. Coming into this season, it's easy to get excited about 82 games of Gaborik next to Kopitar. And that's the rub, right there. Asking for 82 games from Gaborik is asking a lot. Maybe half of his 13-year NHL career has been more or less healthy. If Gabby stays healthy, he's probably going to be a top-20 forward. But you have to understand that when you pick him, you could be picking a dead spot in your lineup. Just make sure you don't draft him until you can afford to take that risk. We think it'll be worth it after the top 40 forwards are gone. - SA
2014 Statistics8223396211222317:15235277
2015 Projections802332550241917:16226230
2015 Outlook: The goal totals felt a bit low from Voracek last season, given his deft hands around the net and playmaking buddy Claude Giroux at center. That means there is some improvement to be expected here for the fantasy totals. Though the dynamic of the top line will change with the departure of Scott Hartnell, Voracek will still be buzzing around opponents' nets with Giroux creating scoring chances by the bundle. It's doubtful Voracek's potential will be vastly impacted by which winger is elected to start opposite him. There really only is upside if his opposite can bring chemistry to the top line, but Giroux and Voracek are dangerous enough as a pair to bet on a basement of No. 5 fantasy forward value from Voracek. 
2014 Statistics7921396019421518:59152302
2015 Projections7919365516421117:54154217
2015 Outlook: With capable players outnumbering plum forward roles in St. Louis to start the season, training camp under coach Ken Hitchcock should be a riveting affair. If newbie Paul Stastny skates on a top scoring line with David Bakes and Alexander Steen, and Jaden Schwartz and Vladislav Tarasenko slide in aside ex-KHLer import Jori Lehtera, Oshie sits as the odd man out of the top six. If that's the case, the U.S. Olympic standout could be in for a mild decrease in scoring numbers, despite enduring opportunities with the power play. - VM
2014 Statistics80203151-6222117:57263246
2015 Projections82242650-5261819:09255217
2015 Outlook: The early favorite to play on the top forward line with the Sedins, Vrbata is coming off several steady campaigns with the Arizona Coyotes. If he develops decent chemistry with Henrik and Daniel -- and the Canucks are investing $10 million over the next two years in the hopes that this happens -- Vrbata should equal, if not top, his best season totals. An under-the-radar fantasy asset for some time now, the veteran merits midround consideration in most drafts. Plus, he doesn't take many sick days and shoots quite often. - VM