Complete 2015 Projections

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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 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 Statistics8130396913102120:56204353
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 Statistics7921396019421518:59152309
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 Statistics80203151-6222117:57263253
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
2014 Statistics70232548745916:52190231
2015 Projections78242852-3381217:53219217
2015 Outlook: It almost feels like we are being forced to watch Ryan develop his goal-scoring potential all over again. A fresh start with the Senators saw Ryan playing on the second line this past season with Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur. The trio showed tremendous upside at times and have basically been promoted to being the top line now with Jason Spezza having been traded away. The added responsibility might not be enough to push Ryan toward new career highs, because he had some very successful seasons with the Anaheim Ducks already, but Ryan's numbers should climb from the 23 goals and 25 assists he had in 2013-14.
2014 Statistics651719361241218:39163218
2015 Projections691929485321120:33183197
2015 Outlook: As a permanent top-six forward with the Lightning, Callahan should see an increase in production over his previous numbers in New York. But the former Rangers captain won't ever blow you away with his scoring totals. That's not his game. You're better off running with one of the club's young, dynamite wingers. - VM
2014 Statistics7719405911321717:08170278
2015 Projections792035554261417:28173221
2015 Outlook: Having the big frame of Benoit Pouliot on the ice with him probably helped the 5-foot-7 Zuccarello on his way to managing almost 60 points this past season. It was a breakout that came as a bit of a surprise, as Zuccarello had previously struggled with his size disadvantage in the NHL. But he is a supremely talented skater and playmaker and found chemistry with Pouliot and Derrick Brassard. Pouliot is gone, but Brassard and Zuccarello will look for a new linemate to help them establish themselves as the Rangers' second scoring line. That isn't locked in stone, and either player could end up in a checking-line role, so hedge your bets at the draft table. Zuccarello is too exciting an offensive player not to have stashed in your league, though. - SA
2014 Statistics821924431448716:57239196
2015 Projections8118224011381116:48217167
2015 Outlook: Williams is where things begin to get interesting in betting on how the Kings' depth chart will shake out. He was the third member of a line with Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar that dominated after the trade deadline this past season, but coach Darryl Sutter moved him to the third line for the playoffs. What happened? Williams won the Conn Smythe Trophy by scoring 25 points while skating primarily with Dwight King and Jarret Stoll. So what to do now? Does Williams move back to the top line with Gaborik and Kopitar? Does he remain a third-line player? Does it really matter to his overall value? We think the Kings' depth chart will be pretty fluid this season, and Williams is still a speedy veteran with a knack for scoring. His regular season scoring pace has slowed down, but not stopped completely. He's should be good for another season as a No. 6 or No. 7 fantasy forward, and be worth stashing in your lineup in the later rounds -- that's regardless of his role out of training camp. - SA
2014 Statistics823030603161718:35226293
2015 Projections82242751781118:05211212
2015 Outlook: Pominville quietly posted a 30-goal campaign in his first full season with the Wild, and settled in as a leader on the team's young second line. Playing mostly with Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter, Pominville's veteran poise rubbed off on his inexperienced linemates through the season. Granlund will only improve as he continues to grow into his playmaking pedigree, which should mean continued success for Pominville. Pominville's power-play role could face a reduction this season, but that shouldn't have a significant impact on his overall value. He is a great pick as a No. 7 fantasy forward with a payoff potentially higher should things not work out for the suggested top line of Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek -- especially given Pominville's history as a former linemate of Vanek's. - SA
2014 Statistics751737544161318:51109225
2015 Projections81183452-2241619:58154208
2015 Outlook: Even though he led the Flames in scoring and had a pretty strong season compared to the expectations for him, Hudler still didn't make a big fantasy impact in 2013-14. Hudler had success on a line with Sean Monahan and Sven Baertschi -- a trio that could be reunited this season. Given the many lineup options the Flames will have, we can count on Hudler being near the top of the depth-chart pile in any scenario. His ice time and power-play time will naturally lead to decent counting stats, but he is still a borderline option in standard leagues as a No. 9 or No. 10 forward. But if the Flames end up having the right combination for surprise success, Hudler still has untapped potential. He is strong sleeper material because he will contribute even if things don't break right in his favor. - SA
2014 Statistics642122432016715:10136190
2015 Projections7422244613181115:34174193
2015 Outlook: The 2014-15 campaign could be massive for the young Russian. All signs point to a breakout campaign after Tarasenko potted 43 points (and registered a plus-20) in 64 games this past season, particularly since he's fixed to skate on a No. 1 power play unit with St. Louis' forward heavyweights. VM