Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
16. Jimmy Howard, Det GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics50211923003112.66.910194
2015 Projections5831.319.72344072.47.916332.1
2015 Outlook: Howard's numbers were a big step backward this past season, but is it entirely his fault? The Red Wings' workhorse goaltender was dealing with a team in front of him that missed several two-way forwards for a lot of the season and a defensivee core that is young and untested. Another season of development for the young defense and an offseason of recovery for the forwards could mean Howard is in store to bounce back to the elite levels he showed in the two seasons prior to 2013-14. Howard will be drafted as a No. 2 goaltender this season because the 2.66 goals-against average was downright ugly in 2013-14, but here's betting the Red Wings have corrected the problems that led to the poor statistics. Howard has No. 1 fantasy goalie upside in the mid-to-late rounds of your draft. - SA
17. Jonathan Bernier, Tor GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics4926191308372.69.923459
2015 Projections512717.73302572.39.921373.8
2015 Outlook: The Leafs' penchant for giving up too many shots -- they gave up the most in the league in 2013-14 -- is the only perceived fly in Bernier's fantasy ointment. Even then, his owners reap the benefit of a plump save percentage. After proving to skeptics that he is, indeed, capable of shouldering the responsibility of slapping on the pads night in and night out, the former backup to Jonathan Quick merits respect as a top-20 fantasy netminder. And it doesn't hurt, incentive-wise, that the restricted free agent-to-be is playing for a new contract after this season. Bernier would suit most squads as a quality No. 2. - VM
18. Steve Mason, Phi GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics6033184348572.50.917367
2015 Projections6232.921.53367882.55.913298.9
2015 Outlook: We are thinking Mason just didn't dig the Columbus Blue Jackets' uniform or something. His statistics since joining the Flyers in 2013 have been rock solid. He was a workhorse last season, playing 61 games and postingserviceable fantasy ratios of a 2.50 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Those are stats easily worthy of a No. 2 goaltender in standard leagues. Mason will also be the beneficiary of shot-blocking defenseman Andrew MacDonald playing in front of him for a full season. The defensive core for the Flyers is improving, and Mason stands a good chance of beating his numbers from this past season. He should come at relatively low investment, and be a steady pick for your team. - SA
19. Brian Elliott, StL GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics251864162421.96.922187
2015 Projections4626.214.63272842.34.919301.7
2015 Outlook: After the short-lived Ryan Miller experiment of 2014, the Blues are placing the majority of their eggs in Elliott's goaltending basket. And why not? Aside from a few notable rough patches, the former Senator (who had a cup of ill-tasting coffee in Colorado) has been proficient with his current club. Only his sample size in St. Louis is a concern. Following three seasons (including the lockout-shortened affair) the 29-year-old has yet to appear in 40 games for the Blues, who this campaign could prove to be a big test of his endurance. That being said, even the most cynical owners would be chuffed at having Elliott as their No. 2 fantasy netminder. VM
20. Antti Niemi, SJ GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics6439174374072.39.913293
2015 Projections5328.6182314442.41.914265.1
2015 Outlook: Playing with the double-incentive of staving off a hungry/capable Alex Stalock and earning a hefty paycheck with his next contract, Niemi should be extra motivated in 2014-15. And while he isn't a member of the fantasy goaltending elite, the Sharks' numero uno remains a solid G1 in most conventional leagues. If you can snag him as your No. 2, pat yourself on the back. VM
21. Mike Smith, Ari GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics61272133609102.64.915335
2015 Projections6128.424.11361882.51.913283.4
2015 Outlook: A top-15 fantasy netminder overall, Smith will garner the heavy percentage of the Coyotes' starts and win more games than he loses -- all the while upholding a respectable save percentage and goals-against average. Moreover, you may get a healthy handful of shutouts out of the 32-year-old, for leagues that count that as a separate stat. As your second fantasy netminder, you could do a lot worse than Smith. - VM
22. Craig Anderson, Ott GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics5225164299983.00.911230
2015 Projections522619.21308432.44.917308.5
2015 Outlook: We thought there might be a changing of the guard in the Senators' crease after Robin Lehner was forced into more action than expected this past season, but the Sens re-upped with Anderson for the long term, which clouds the picture a little. Anderson's numbers were nearly identical to Lehner's in 2013-14 -- his goals-against average was slightly better and save percentage was slightly worse. But Anderson comes into the season as the favorite to start the majority of games, though one wonders if the load will be closer to 60-40 with Lehner having established himself as capable at the NHL level. It cuts into Anderson's value and makes him questionable as even a No. 2 fantasy goalie. - SA
23. John Gibson, Ana GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics330118101.33.95453
2015 Projections4022.4132237232.27.917228.4
2015 Outlook: If we were absolutely 100 percent certain that John Gibson would be handed the starter's mantle, he'd be ranked a lot higher. As it is, Frederik Andersen trumps him in experience and looked equally poised to be an NHL regular as Gibson did this past season. Now, if you are in a dynasty league, Gibson is the no-brainer choice between the two. As an AHL rookie, Gibson turned in a sparkling 2.34 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 45 games for the Norfolk Admirals, and topped it with a 3-0 record and 1.33 GAA in the NHL. When called upon in the playoffs, he split four games against the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings with a 2.69 GAA. It's a small sample, but this kid looks like he has a bright future. Gibson would vault up the ranks if coach Bruce Boudreau anoints him the starter before your draft.- SA
24. Braden Holtby, Wsh GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics4523154265642.85.915261
2015 Projections6030.521.83355962.58.913289.9
2015 Outlook: The positive: Officially appointed the Capitals' No. 1, Holtby carries an admirable .919 save percentage and 2.60 goals-against average in 105 career regular-season games in Washington (and he's been better in the postseason). The negative: That small sample size doesn't instill bucket loads of confidence when it comes to a starting goalie in the NHL. Another positive: The addition of the defensive-minded Barry Trotz behind the bench should help with overall team defense. Another negative: There's nothing to stop the Caps from turning to Justin Peters or Philipp Grubauer if Holtby flounders, though Peters and Grubauer have even less NHL experience than Holtby. The verdict: Draft Holtby, but not as your No. 1 netminder. - VM
25. Jonas Hiller, Cgy GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics5029135290872.48.911206
2015 Projections5524.222.81326262.44.913246.9
2015 Outlook: This native of Switzerland is the furthest thing from Swiss cheese in goal, but the Anaheim Ducks had riches in their goalie pipeline and could afford to let Hiller go. He landed with the Flames, who will leaned upon him to lead a young squad into a new era. The Flames have all the pieces to succeed, but, boy, is this team young and inexperienced. Hiller could be hung out to dry on many more occasions than he was in his days behind the Ducks. That said, most of the youth is up front and the Flames' defense is actually a very solid unit. There is a chance the Flames and Hiller could surprise this season. He should be drafted to somebody's bench in your league.- SA
26. Ben Scrivens, Edm GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics3516164221042.55.922297
2015 Projections5222.921.53308452.51.920368.8
2015 Outlook: The stark difference between tending twine for the Los Angeles Kings and the Oilers was never more apparent than when Scrivens was traded. Elite-level fantasy numbers with the Kings quickly became terrible ratios with the Oilers. Scrivens still has upside, though. The Oilers should be a better defensive team this season, and the offense still has the talent to give the goaltender a chance to win games. Those facts alone probably still wouldn't make Scrivens a No. 2 fantasy goaltender coming into this season, though, and the situation is only made worse by the presence of Viktor Fasth in the rearview mirror. SA
27. Jhonas Enroth, Buf GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics264170157452.82.911102
2015 Projections5322.322.71314442.51.918332.9
2015 Outlook: After four seasons as an understudy, Enroth will get the chance to take the main stage with the Sabres this season. His skills and statistics are those of a 26-year-old with the upside of a starting goaltender in the NHL, but for fantasy purposes his upside is that of a No. 2 goalie. And that's not even where you should draft him. Though Ted Nolan-coached teams are generally strong defensively and the Sabres made enormous upgrades to their defense this offseason, Enroth comes with too much risk to jump out on a limb with him. He hasn't carried a workload of a starter for the past three seasons, and it's not as if Michal Neuvirth is chopped liver. There will be some competition for the job and the threat of a timeshare that can hold Enroth back. Don't discount the upside if you are drafting him to your bench, but try not to invest in Enroth as a necessary component of your squad.- SA
28. Jake Allen, StL GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics0000000.00.0000
2015 Projections3619.8122213522.26.917204.7
2015 Outlook: Despite being young and largely untested, Allen is all fired up to take over should Brian Elliott falter. Even though the 24-year-old didn't see a lick of NHL action in 2013-14, he was generally outstanding for the Blues' AHL affiliate (Chicago Wolves). Furthermore, he was respectable against big-league competition in his rookie campaign the season previous. Let's see what the young lad can accomplish as the squad's top backup. VM
29. Frederik Andersen, Ana GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics242050156902.29.923223
2015 Projections3318.2112195752.25.920219.5
2015 Outlook: As much as we like John Gibson for the future, Frederik Andersen has done nothing to convince us he won't be fighting for a starting gig with the Ducks this season. And, based on his rookie numbers as Jonas Hiller's backup this past season, he deserves a shot. With a 20-5-0 record and rock-solid 2.29 goals-against average, Andersen proved he is a winner. Thanks to his additional NHL experience over Gibson, should head into a battle for the job on even footing. Yes, this could turn into a dreaded timeshare and make both goaltenders a burden to fantasy squads. But if you can get Andersen -- or Gibson, for that matter -- late enough in a draft as a No. 3 goaltender, you could hit a fantasy goldmine should one emerge over the other. - SA
30. Cam Ward, Car GYEARGSWLSOMINOTLGAASV%PTS
2014 Statistics2810120164563.06.8984
2015 Projections4120.115.53243252.36.916222.7
2015 Outlook: Perhaps even more concerning than two consecutive seasons with injuries is the fact Ward played 30 games this past season and finished with a save percentage below .900. His save percentage has been falling with his fantasy value in recent campaigns. The situation was ripe for Anton Khudobin to steal the gig, and he didn't wait long to succeed. Ward gets a clean slate with new head coach Bill Peters coming in. Given his history with the club, one has to think this is an open competition heading into camp, which is never good for fantasy owners. The likely outcomes are a timeshare or the possibility that you gamble on the wrong goalie in your draft. Don't count on Ward as one of your starting goaltenders in fantasy. - SA