Complete 2014 Projections

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PROJECTED 2014 SEASON STATS
1. Henrik Zetterberg*, Det C, LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics461137482182320:31173204
2014 Projections822361847413521:00313333
2014 Outlook: Zetterberg stuffs stats across the board, with a slight emphasis on his playmaking ability. The result in fantasy hockey is an often-overlooked Top 10 forward who could use a little more respect. Even in campaigns which can be considered "down" seasons for him, Zetterberg churns out fantasy value for the Red Wings with goals, assists, power-play production, shots on goal and, often times, plus/minus. The Red Wings have brought in some new toys for the offense this season, including veteran scorer Daniel Alfredsson and consistent center Stephen Weiss. It will be an improvement on last season's offense, and offer a chance for Zetterberg to find better chemistry than he ended up having with Damien Brunner in the NHL last season (despite the duo's chemistry in the Swiss league).
2. Chris Kunitz, Pit LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics4822305230391618:01113234
2014 Projections7932447633572218:00204314
2014 Outlook: What Kunitz turned in from a value standpoint last season was beyond exceptional. He was selected in most fantasy leagues, but not as a top forward. He was probably your fourth winger or sixth forward, but turned in fantasy value comparable to that of the very best NHL players. Let's not mince words here: Kunitz rode Sidney Crosby's coattails every step of the way to that value. Now, that isn't a knock on Kunitz in any way. As we've seen over the seasons, not just anybody can ride coattails and turn in ridiculous fantasy value. Being a star by association is a skill in and of itself. However, at the end of the day, Kunitz is still a star by association. Without Crosby at his side, he might not have any fantasy value at all. Now that we've been clear about that, here is the good news. Kunitz is going to line up beside Crosby again, play with Evgeni Malkin on the power play and have Malkin to fall back on if anything should befall Crosby. As stars by association go, Kunitz is in a pretty darn good situation.
3. Daniel Sedin, Van LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics4712284012181219:01138166
2014 Projections7427467319332619:00229299
2014 Outlook: Where did all of Daniel Sedin's goals disappear to? Scoring just one more goal than his brother Henrik last season, Daniel's fantasy value bread and butter was missing. Now, the Canucks were without a secondary attack on offense for most of the season, and that forced reliable linemate Alex Burrows away from the twins more often than they would have liked, but it is still a concerning drop in goals. Expect a bounce-back from Daniel this season, but perhaps not back into the 35- or 40-goal range as he once was. The Canucks still have plenty of questions on offense, and Daniel has given us reason to question his durability in two of the past four seasons. Daniel will be hanging around in the second round of your fantasy draft this season, and while he has earned the low ranking, he may be one of the only lottery tickets with Top 5 upside, too.
4. James Neal, Nsh LW, RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics402115365261617:28136189
2014 Projections813833719682818:00283317
2014 Outlook: Though Neal's second season with the Penguins wasn't as spectacular as the first, it is a better example of what we should expect going forward. While Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz will create a dangerous top line for the Pens, Evgeni Malkin and Neal are more than an adequate secondary attack. Then there is the power play, where Crosby, Kunitz, Malkin and Neal all come together to create a force that few teams can stop. Neal will generate plenty of his fantasy value from the power play, top it off at even strength and give you great return on your investment. As with Kunitz, there is less risk to Neal's star by association status with the Penguins because the team boasts two superstar centerman. If one goes down, you can be sure that a top supporting talent like Neal will join with the other.
5. Rick Nash, NYR LW, RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics442121421626919:58176205
2014 Projections813636727441720:00326305
2014 Outlook: The fact that we had a lockout-shortened NHL season definitely muted the fact that Nash had the best season of his career. Nash's 82-game pace of 39 goals and 39 assists to go with an improved plus/minus were a significant improvement on his recent seasons with the Blue Jackets. While Nash did not hit things off with Brad Richards the way that was hoped, he didn't need to. Derek Stepan proved to be a more than formidable linemate for Nash as he bounced around different configurations under coach John Tortorella. With the steady hand of Alain Vigneault taking over, expect Nash to be the focal point of the Rangers' attack. Could he bust the ceiling on his previous career highs? It's possible. But without significant improvements in the Rangers' offense -- and with the threat of a Stepan contract holdout -- it is best to draft Nash for his high floor (as opposed to that high ceilng) heading into the season.
6. Taylor Hall, Edm LW, CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics451634505331418:37154220
2014 Projections753045751492219:00256307
2014 Outlook: We still don't have a full season of Taylor Hall statistics to look at following his three campaigns in the NHL. He has two injury-shortened campaigns and one lockout-shortened campaign, however, that all tell us he is the best of the Oilers' dynamic young offensive players. It is absolutely within the realm of possibility that Hall can make the jump into the elite group among the fantasy forward hierarchy this season. He'll probably play with Jordan Eberle again and from there, the team can choose sniper Nail Yakupov, puck wizard David Perron or elite passer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to join them. No matter what, Hall is due for a big season. Holding him back is the track record of playing the game hard and getting hurt; that's been the case in Hall's career thus far. There is also a risk that with so many young weapons on offense that all have so much upside, Hall turns out to be a secondary piece of the puzzle. After all, Yakupov and RNH both have untapped potential as superstars. We think Hall will be the best fantasy asset on the Oilers, but it's not crazy to think there is another answer.
7. Zach Parise, Min LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics481820382161320:40182208
2014 Projections803238700302021:00313294
2014 Outlook: There was nothing particularly wrong with Parise's first season away from the New Jersey Devils, but it was still below some of the high hopes that the Wild had for him. Certainly, 38 points in 48 games isn't anything at which to sneeze, but Parise was above a point-per-game pace for two seasons before he blew out his knee in 2010-11. His speed does not appear to be an issue as much as having linemates with the same kind of chemistry he had with the Devils. Dany Heatley did not prove to be an asset to Parise, and Mikko Koivu, while more than serviceable, did not fit like a glove with Parise. There were some encouraging signs at the end of the season with Jason Pominville and Parise on the ice together. In addition to the continued development of Mikael Granlund and Charlie Coyle, Pominville's presence is reason enough to be bullish on Parise going into the season. But he has a lot to prove before he can be considered a first-round target again.
8. Patrick Sharp, Chi LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics2861420814718:508892
2014 Projections7830407021422120:00284291
2014 Outlook: Sharp looked no worse for wear after his elbow injury last season, and returns to a considerably comfortable spot in the Blackhawks' lineup next to Patrick Kane. With Kane returning to form last season, and looking to be among the best in fantasy this season, Sharp has to be considered a candidate to ride to the top with Kane. Will he have incredible fantasy value again thanks to a strong plus/minus like he had in 2011-12 (plus-28)? That might be a bit much to ask, but Sharp can be counted on for 30 goals and 70 points, which is a lot more than most forwards have as a basement to their value. Whether Sharp can add more value from there will depend on how the team handles finding a third member of the line. If Brandon Pirri isn't ready for showtime, the other options don't look as tantalizing for Sharp's offensive potential.
9. Max Pacioretty, Mon LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics441524398281216:31163175
2014 Projections8230336313671718:00295266
2014 Outlook: With an expectation for 30 goals and near as many assists, Pacioretty has taken over as the centerpiece of the Canadiens' offense. He has flashed his ability to find the back of the net with an array of linemates during his breakout over the last two seasons, and there is no reason to think he can't at least continue to pile up fantasy value. In fact, Pacioretty comes with some upside, as the Habs are far from locked in when it comes to the depth chart. Young players with potential are sprinkled through the lineup in the form of Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher. Pacioretty only worked extensively with Gallagher last season, leaving the upside of a breakout from Galchenyuk or Eller at Pacioretty's side untested.
10. Jamie Benn, Dal LW, CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics41122133-12401019:55110168
2014 Projections82284472-7761920:00235291
2014 Outlook: While not the dominant fantasy asset that was hoped for, Benn has proven to be a solid role player at the top of the Stars' depth chart. He remains near the top headed into this season, but with the bonus of having Tyler Seguin at his side. Benn broke out late in the 2010-11 campaign, turned in a solid, if unspectacular season in 2011-12, but struggled on a weak overall offense in 2013. The Stars have turned things over again, with the acquisition of Seguin and hope that the two standouts can form a dynamic top line with veteran Ray Whitney (or maybe Erik Cole or rookie Valeri Nichushkin). Benn wasn't a great fantasy forward last season, but is a great candidate for a post-hype breakout with Seguin at his side.
11. Evander Kane, Wpg LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics48171633-380420:27190163
2014 Projections82312859-1100819:00311247
2014 Outlook: Kane brings some solid fantasy statistics to the table, thanks to some penalty minutes and shots on goal that will trend higher than many other wingers who are also a threat for 30 goals. The surprising part about Kane is that he is not a first-line player for the Jets; that role has belonged to Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little. Kane has settled for linemates including Olli Jokinen and Kyle Wellwood in recent seasons. What might he do with a higher quality of linemate? That is a question that the Jets are hoping is answered by Mark Scheifele, Devin Setoguchi or Michael Frolik in 2013-14. Given that there is decent upside and very little downside to taking Kane for your team, he is a solid choice.
12. Jakub Voracek, Phi RW, LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics48222446-7351717:14129214
2014 Projections82324375-3482218:00240311
2014 Outlook: Voracek's 2013 numbers were bolstered by a blistering hot February in which he managed 21 points in 15 games. But even when that month is removed from his numbers, we are left with a physical, scoring winger that plays regularly with one of the league's better playmakers in Claude Giroux. Sure, Voracek's numbers are boosted thanks to Giroux, but it is not as if the Flyers have other options. He'll play with Giroux again -- on the top line and top power play -- and Voracek will be prone to more hot streaks to boost his totals while doing so. It's not as if Voracek doesn't come with pedigree. He was a former Top 10 draft pick that put up gaudy numbers in junior. While he is for real as a fantasy asset, Voracek is likely due for a slight regression on a per-game basis. But, he's still a solid Top 30 forward.
13. Dustin Brown, LA LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics461811296221319:30142145
2014 Projections8229265515511920:00238242
2014 Outlook: Brown is another NHLer who doesn't get the love he deserves in fantasy because none of his categories are particularly impressive. Instead, Brown earns his value through across-the-board results in all the ESPN standard game categories. Playing on the Kings' top line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams is exactly where Brown has become comfortable, and exactly where he will play again this season. If you have taken some risks with your first few picks in your fantasy draft, Brown becomes even more attractive an option. He never misses time and picks up his points like clockwork.
14. Matt Moulson, Buf LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics47152944-341519:09154205
2014 Projections82313970-4112419:00244296
2014 Outlook: There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a star by association if a player is 100 percent locked into his role alongside a star. Moulson is about as locked to the side of John Tavares as any two players are in the NHL. The result has been Moulson as a 30-goal scorer every season since he joined Tavares and the Islanders. Once again in 2013-14, Moulson will be right there beside Tavares, scoring when needed and assisting when called upon. As with Tavares, expect a modest improvement coming this season for Moulson as a result of the overall improvement of the Isles' offense. There are a lot of good young players looking to take the next step and one of them may even line up alongside Tavares and Moulson.
15. Joffrey Lupul*, Tor LW, RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics1611718812316:074289
2014 Projections722735626501817:00191258
2014 Outlook: First off, we can't trust Lupul to play in all 82 games based on recent history. Secondly, can we be sure he will be playing on the first line? We cannot. Despite having an absolutely beastly 2011-12 season alongside Phil Kessel, Lupul did not play much on a line with Kessel last season; instead, when his arm wasn't broken, Lupul was placed alongside breakout rookie Nazem Kadri. The result was still rock solid for Lupul in the 16 games he played last season, as he notched 11 goals and 18 points. But over the long haul, is he going to be that successful if he is not paired with Kessel? But risks aside, Lupul is firmly entrenched in a top-six role for the Maple Leafs that will be very dangerous with the addition of David Clarkson and Dave Bolland to the offense (though they might not be on a scoring line themselves). As long as you bank on some missed time for Lupul, you will be rewarded for taking him in your draft.