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.

Position: All | All Skaters | F | D | G
     
PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
16. Mike Green, Wsh DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics7092938-16641522:44172100
2015 Projections64132134-5501420:3116495
2015 Outlook: The past four seasons have not been kind to this one-time fantasy prodigy. Plagued by injuries galore, including -- but not limited to -- multiple concussions, enduringly stubborn groin issues, and serious ankle problems, Green must be utterly fed up with spending time in the Capitals infirmary. Even when patched together on the ice, he's been inconsistent (and no wonder). But, he's healthy now, and when fit, this offensive defenseman is one of the most productive in the biz. So if you're willing to role the dice on Green's constitution and future health luck, the payoff could result in a fantasy windfall. If not, opt for a safer, more durable option on D. - VM
17. Torey Krug, Bos DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics7914264018281917:31183113
2015 Projections8015254019381718:22191112
2015 Outlook: With a 14-goal rookie season from the blue line, Krug proved to be the real deal last season. Outpacing Zdeno Chara at times as the Bruins' most valuable fantasy blueliner, Krug contributed in power-play points and shots on goal. The best news of all: He only averaged 17 and a half minutes per game this past season. That leaves a ton of room for added counting stats when Krug starts earning more ice time. He is the perfect complement to the booming shot of Chara on the point during the power play, and was on the ice with the Big Man for 31 power-play goals by the Bruins last season. - SA
18. Dion Phaneuf, Tor DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics808233121441123:3414581
2015 Projections8011263751101223:5213397
2015 Outlook: The oft-criticized captain of the Maple Leafs is asked to do more than anyone else on his squad, at both ends of the ice, under a wide variety of circumstances, which results in decent TOI and PIM figures, but hurts Phaneuf's production otherwise. The additions of defensive-minded veterans Stephane Robidas and Roman Polak should help lessen the burden on Phaneuf in some situations, allowing him to contribute more as an offensive force. As far as well-rounded fantasy defensemen go, he remains a classic specimen. - VM
19. Brent Burns, SJ DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics6922264826341116:49245129
2015 Projections7713324515521623:18181119
2015 Outlook: Aside from your Sids, Stammers, Ovies and such, there are few fantasy jewels as cherished as the forward/defenseman hybrid. The option to plug such a rare animal into a "D" slot, while enjoying his production at the forward position, is a special treat. Which is why Burns carries more value than your average puck-moving blueliner. Not only is he expected to anchor the Sharks' top power-play unit, the team has expressed additional interest in throwing the 29-year-old (back) up on right wing with some sense of regularity. Burns notched 48 points (plus-26) in 69 games as a forward, mostly alongside Joe Thornton, in 2013-14. - VM
20. Tyson Barrie, Col DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics6413253817201018:3310199
2015 Projections801027376301420:4313598
2015 Outlook: Barrie has the talent to slide into the Avalanche's power-play quarterback role out of the gate this season, which could be a huge boon to his fantasy numbers. Contract issues this summer hopefully behind him, Barrie could handle an increased workload now with confidence-building season in his back pocket. His 13 goals were no fluke, as Barrie possesses a strong shot and offensive instincts. In fact, he was on pace for 16 goals in a full season. His MCL tear behind him, Barrie should be the first Avalanche defenseman off the board, and could be considered a No. 2 fantasy defenseman by a bold owner. - SA
21. Roman Josi, Nsh DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics72132740-2181326:25168106
2015 Projections82113041-5221425:49177107
2015 Outlook: Josi has great puck-moving skills and has shown an ability to make great decisions on the ice. Oh, also, it doesn't hurt that his defense partner might be the most physically dominating defenseman in the league. While he is definitely doing a little coattail riding to the 40-point threshold in the NHL, Josi boasts plenty of skill on his own to help keep that total high. The most salient point, however, is that Josi will continue to be Shea Weber's defense partner, and should have no trouble replicating his strong stats from this past season. He's arguably a No. 2 fantasy defenseman. - SA
22. Lubomir Visnovsky, NYI DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics243811-110720:323432
2015 Projections5051621-220720:598254
2015 Outlook: He's 38 years old and hasn't shown us much to get excited about offensively for the past three NHL seasons. That said, Visnovsky is still the best offensive defenseman the Islanders have at the moment based on experience and skill. His power-play role could easily be usurped by a number of young D-men, but without a prime candidate who has shown they are ready to handle the added offensive work, Visnovsky is the default. He has struggled with injuries the past few seasons and perhaps a clean bill of health is all he needs to return to form. With so many concerns, though, why are we suggesting he be drafted as a No. 3 fantasy defenseman? Because the upside on a power play with John Tavares is tremendous. Whoever wins the role will be able to add two dozen power-play points to their total. Visnovsky is the best candidate right now. - SA
23. Ryan Suter, Min DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics828354315341729:25150111
2015 Projections828344212401528:23149107
2015 Outlook: Talk about big minutes. Suter averaged almost 30 minutes per night for the Wild this past season. He is an incredibly skilled defenseman, but in the same kind of mold as Drew Doughty, not all of what Suter does translates to fantasy. For example, he has almost no contribution to the penalty minutes category, scores minimal goals (even for a defenseman) and doesn't take a ton of shots on goal. Those empty categories in the ESPN standard game take Suter from being a bona fide star defenseman in the NHL, to being a clear No. 2 fantasy defenseman. That said, a better team power-play conversion rate and one more talented puck-moving defenseman to share the ice with Suter, and he could work his way up the ranks a bit. Just don't jump too early based on the fact that Suter is amazing in the real world of hockey. - SA
24. Andrej Sekera, Car DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics741133444201523:41142116
2015 Projections779314010281323:09142102
2015 Outlook: In a season with a lot of negatives for the Hurricanes, Sekera was a huge bright spot. The puck-moving defenseman that had been trapped in Buffalo prior to this past season absolutely relished the chance to be an offensive leader with the Hurricanes. With 11 goals and 44 points, Sekera even managed a plus-4 on a team that struggled with defense. Sekera paired up well with Justin Faulk, and the duo will continue to lead from the back end this season. As a No. 3 defenseman, Sekera would be a boon to your fantasy team. In fact, he probably deserves No. 2 consideration. - SA
25. Ryan McDonagh, NYR DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics7714294311361324:49177119
2015 Projections8112354717381525:02193121
2015 Outlook: Exploding for 14 goals and 43 points -- plus another four goals and 17 points in the playoffs -- was not expected from McDonagh, who has always projected as a defense-first type of blueliner. But, he was afforded an opportunity to play an offensive role with the Rangers this past season, and he thrived in the situation. Can he do it again? Well, some of that opportunity is bound to be taken by veteran power-play quarterback Dan Boyle joining the Rangers. McDonagh will post better offensive numbers than we expected of him, but they probably won't be quite as strong as what he did in 2013-14. In other words, that was impressive, McDonagh, now do it one more time. - SA
26. John Carlson, Wsh DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics82102737-3222224:31208106
2015 Projections821329424301824:27226115
2015 Outlook: Where, exactly, Carlson fits in with a healthy Mike Green and the addition of former-Penguin Matt Niskanen isn't yet completely clear. But you can bank on a top-four role, along with significant time on the secondary power-play unit, for the 24-year-old under any circumstances. Furthermore, his durability is without fault; seeing an increase in average ice time to well over 24 minutes per game this past campaign, Carlson hasn't missed a regular season contest since his rookie stint of 2009-10. - VM
27. Andrei Markov, Mon DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics817364312342125:14131116
2015 Projections76102838-291824:39131104
2015 Outlook: Fountain of youth, thy name is P.K. Subban. After appearing to be on the decline and breaking down, Markov has been renewed with Subban at his side on the blue line. The 43 points he scored this past season weren't a career high, but it's within range. As long as Markov's health holds up, he should have no trouble repeating similar numbers, and there are no indications that his injury woes are not behind him. Playing with Subban both on and off the power play will yield a player who fantasy owners should consider a valuable No. 3 defenseman. - SA
28. Kimmo Timonen*, Phi DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics77629355322020:2015296
2015 Projections25246-510119:225215
2015 Outlook: Timonen was diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and in his lungs, and his NHL career is in jeopardy. While we hope for his full recovery -- and continuation of his career on the ice -- there is certainly a question as to whether we'll see him this season. If he is able to play, he'll be joining a defensive corps that was bolstered by the signing of Michael Del Zotto late in the summer. While Del Zotto has flared out in New York and Nashville, he's got talent. At this point, there's too much risk to draft Timonen. - SA
29. Cam Fowler, Ana DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics706303615141523:5210095
2015 Projections77830387161223:5511696
2015 Outlook: With speed and a great transition game, Fowler looks to have eliminated the issues with his game that sandbagged his fantasy value in his rookie and sophomore seasons, with a plus/minus in the minus-20s. He was plus-15 in 2013-14, and approached 40 points despite missing a dozen games. If Ryan Kesler helps improve the power play -- which he should -- Fowler would add another element to his fantasy totals. He won't be a big goal scorer from the blue line, but an increase in assists and points would easily make him a No. 3 defenseman in fantasy leagues. - SA
30. Jacob Trouba, Wpg DYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics65101929443322:2612173
2015 Projections78102838-3441023:1713896
2015 Outlook: Following a remarkable rookie campaign, Trouba enters 2014-15 with augmented expectations resting on his 20-year-old shoulders. Additional minutes in all situations, including a more prominent role with the man advantage, await the Calder Trophy long-list finalist. Barring a sophomore slump, Trouba will see a healthy increase to his 29-point total from 65 games in 2013-14. To remain competitive, the Jets will require a lot from their young blueliner. - VM