Complete 2015 Projections

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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.

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
16. Alexander Semin, Car RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics652220421421219:55210216
2015 Projections7434316515471520:10204278
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
17. Martin St. Louis, NYR RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics8130396913102120:56204353
2015 Projections812341646142118:22207259
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
18. Patric Hornqvist, Pit RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics762231531281716:52248260
2015 Projections8023315415362116:33272229
2015 Outlook: Projected to skate on a scoring line with center Evgeni Malkin, and on a 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
19. Marian Gaborik, LA RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics41111930710717:00103129
2015 Projections682921509161818:02235226
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 a 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
20. Jakub Voracek, Phi RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics8223396211222317:15235277
2015 Projections802640667242317:16243273
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. 
21. T.J. Oshie, StL RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics7921396019421518:59152309
2015 Projections7921365721431318:03160229
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
22. Radim Vrbata, Van RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics80203151-6222117:57263253
2015 Projections82242751-1261819:09256220
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 he does -- Vrbata should equal, if not top, his best season totals. An under-the-radar fantasy asset for some time now, the veteran merits mid-round consideration in most drafts. Plus, he doesn't take many sick days and shoots quite often. - VM
23. Ryan Callahan, TB RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics651719361241218:39163218
2015 Projections69172946-4321020:33180186
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
24. Mats Zuccarello, NYR RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics7719405911321717:08170278
2015 Projections792241637282017:28186255
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 best at the draft table. Zuccarello is too exciting of an offensive player not to have stashed in your league though. - SA
25. Justin Williams, LA RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics821924431448716:57239196
2015 Projections8120274711401116:48228192
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
26. Troy Brouwer, Wsh RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics82251843-6922118:51161242
2015 Projections81171835-8781318:44162152
2015 Outlook: A second-line winger at even strength, Brouwer's role with the Capitals' top power-play unit is what keeps our fantasy motor running. Of his 44 points in 2013-14, 21 counted with the extra skater. Moreover, he's hardy; the 29-year-old has missed a total of eight regular season contests during the past five seasons. - VM
27. Jason Pominville, Min RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics823030603161718:35226293
2015 Projections822532574181718:05239238
2015 Outlook: Pominville quietly posted his second 30-goal campaign in three seasons 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
28. Shane Doan, Ari RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics69232447-7341918:56167232
2015 Projections63182038-5331218:02149162
2015 Outlook: Although he's lost a step since earlier stages of his marvelous career, and last season's bout of Rocky Mountain Fever served as a debilitating (and scary) blow to his constitution, Doan isn't ready to hang ‘em up quite yet. Not only does the seasoned veteran have another year beyond this one on his contract, he remains an effective presence as the club's top right wing. Others will shy away from drafting Doan because he's old and plays in Arizona. Don't make that mistake -- not in later rounds, anyway. - VM
29. Bobby Ryan, Ott RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics70232548745916:52190231
2015 Projections782625518561416:36243220
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 being 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. 
30. P.A. Parenteau, Mon RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2014 Statistics55141933330316:57110147
2015 Projections78172946-4341316:45146185
2015 Outlook: The Habs' scoring lines won't be set until after training camp, but we like Parenteau's chances to be included on one of them. In the right situation, Parenteau can score goals aplenty, and his solid passing would make a good fit with a young player like Alex Galchenyuk. But Pareneatu can finish plays, too, and could fit alongside Tomas Plekanec for that purpose. He gives the Canadiens a few options for the second line, all of which are appealing to Parenteau's fantasy value. Then there is the power play, where Parenteau is a bit of a specialist. The Habs' man advantage is very good thanks to the leadership at the point. The power play is where Parenteau will either earn his keep in fantasy, or fall short of expectations because of his exclusion from the first unit. - SA