Complete 2014 Projections

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PROJECTED 2014 SEASON STATS
16. Patrick Marleau, SJ LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics48171431-2241419:0715049.5
2014 Projections823129601312620:0026180.6
2014 Outlook: Marleau started off last season so hot that he broke our brains for a while. Unfortunately, the nine goals in his first five games were followed up by eight goals during the remaining 43 contests. While his finish to the season was certainly disappointing, Marleau remains a 30-goal, 60-point fantasy threat with a good supporting cast on the Sharks. His days of approaching 40 goals are behind him, but Marleau has a track record of strong power-play performance that makes him a better choice for your team than some other 30-goal targets in the middle rounds.
17. Thomas Vanek, Min LW, RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics38202141-1201418:2411955.2
2014 Projections74323971-3402718:0022091
2014 Outlook: Vanek had a blistering start to the lockout-shortened season, with a ridiculous 15 points in his first six games and 27 points in his first 20 games. But things slowed down considerably from there, and Vanek would end up missing 10 games as well. That said, it was a reminder that the former 40-goal threat may not be done turning heads yet. Now, that doesn't mean you necessarily want to draft Vanek as if he were a 40-goal scorer again. He did turn in three straight seasons of closer to a 30-goal pace, so that has to factor into your decision. Especially because longtime partner in crime, Jason Pominville, is no longer a member of the Sabres. The team is full of talent, but a lot of it is only a little proven in the NHL (and some is not proven at all). Vanek could have a big season as he helps lead a rejuvenated Sabres attack. Or, he could suffer as the team struggles to find an identity. Or, he could wind up on another team via trade, which would force us to re-examine his stock. The good news is that even a struggling Vanek will find a way to light the lamp about 30 times. As long as you don't jump the gun too early on Vanek, he is a great addition to your forward group, with decent upside.
18. Andrew Ladd*, Wpg LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics481828461022619:4112172.6
2014 Projections812936654471220:0022577.7
2014 Outlook: A major question surrounding the top of the Jets' lineup this season, which will have major fantasy implications, is whether Ladd is a 60-point player or an 80-point player. His numbers last season were certainly the type produced by a near point-per-game player. Ladd quietly assembled 46 points in 48 games last season on the top line with Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little. That's a huge jump from the previous seasons, where he was falling short of the 30-30 mark. We don't think Ladd will make a huge jump to being an elite point-per-game asset on the ice, but another 30-goal campaign with a career-high in assists is certainly achievable on an improving Jets offense.
19. Brad Marchand, Bos LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics451818362327416:589167
2014 Projections783030603071717:0017093.6
2014 Outlook: Does a lot of Marchand's fantasy value stem from his connection to the hip of Patrice Bergeron? Sure it does, but that shouldn't shy you away from it. Marchand and Bergeron have become a plus/minus machine on the ice for the Bruins. Whether they play with Jarome Iginla (likely) or Loui Eriksson (possible), expect continued production from the pair that has cycled linemates the past three seasons. All the while, Marchand has become adept at putting points on the board and is potent in the defensive zone. His feisty play tends to net Marchand a few more penalty minutes than a lot of other forwards that will approach 60 points. Combine the plus/minus, the PIMs and the points and you have a fantasy hockey darling.
20. Nazem Kadri, Tor C, LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics481826441523816:0310767.2
2014 Projections7226346018341017:0016077.4
2014 Outlook: Kadri was one of the biggest draft day values in the league last season. He turned in 44 points in 48 games with a plus-15 on the side. Perhaps the most interesting part is that he didn't play much with Toronto's top sniper, Phil Kessel. Kadri did his damage on the ice with the likes of Leo Komarov, Clarke MacArthur and, late in the season, Joffrey Lupul. That kind of production with lesser linemates and fewer minutes on the ice is why fantasy owners should trust in investing in Kadri. Given the situations in which he produced nearly a point per game in 2013, there is tremendous upside with what Kadri can do with more responsibility and stronger linemates.
21. Brad Richards, Chi C, LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics46112334814918:4911051.7
2014 Projections792449737262721:0023392.6
2014 Outlook: Richards could use a bounce-back season more than most players. After spending parts of four seasons scoring at a better than point-per-game for the Dallas Stars, Richards parlayed his success into a big free agent deal with the Rangers. And despite an array of pretty incredible linemates, he has managed to underwhelm both the Rangers and fantasy owners for two seasons. The troubling part is that we know Richards hasn't lost the skills that make him a threat for 60-plus assists in a season, but he just hasn't found the right chemistry with the Rangers. We can't even blame coach John Tortorella, as Richards had some of his best seasons under Tortorella with the Lightning about a decade ago. That said, fresh blood behind the bench in Alain Vigneault might be just what the doctor ordered to get Richards scoring again. While his stats from the last two seasons might not merit top-60 forward consideration, history and hope suggest that is where he should go in most drafts.
22. Patrik Elias, NJ LW, CYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics481422365221418:4311853.1
2014 Projections812442660262519:0018785.1
2014 Outlook: It certainly doesn't bode well when one of the two other members of your team that was an everyday fantasy asset on offense last season (Ilya Kovalchuk) leaves the team unexpectedly to return to Russia, and that the other (David Clarkson) signed elsewhere in free agency. But New Jersey brought in some fresh blood this offseason, and have some players hoping to return to form, which should mean a decent supporting cast for career Devil Elias after all. Elias himself is the model of consistency for an older player in the NHL, and has shown no signs of slowing down as he passed his 37th birthday in 2013. Go ahead and put ink to paper for Elias to contribute 25 goals and 45 assists in 2013-14. Playing with some mix of Adam Henrique, Travis Zajac, Jaromir Jagr, Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe will allow Elias to produce the points we have come to expect.
23. Gabriel Landeskog, Col LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics369817-422219:2010937
2014 Projections82263056569820:0027387.4
2014 Outlook: Already penciled in by coach Patrick Roy to play on the second line with Paul Stastny and Roy's former teammate Alex Tanguay, Landeskog will be seeking to shed his sophomore slump from 2013. Following a breakout rookie season in which Landeskog turned in an across-the-board fantasy friendly campaign, Landeskog stunk up the place during the lockout-shortened season. It will be interesting to see if Roy sticks to his current lineup plan for the long haul, given the fact that Landeskog had his excellent rookie season while sharing the ice with Ryan O'Reilly. Remember that O'Reilly missed much of last season while waiting for a contract. At the end of the day, Landeskog is a talented young player, and will find a way to shake off his 2013 doldrums no matter who is on his line. Expect him to shoulder a bigger load of the offense, and find a way to increase his rookie numbers during his third campaign.
24. Wayne Simmonds, Phi RW, LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics45151732-7821615:3811057.5
2014 Projections80242448-71271415:0017564.2
2014 Outlook: He lost the great plus/minus attribute since being traded to the Flyers, but Simmonds remains a multiple threat in the fantasy realm thanks to his modest offense and penchant for earning time in the penalty box. Simmonds had an 82-game pace of 58 points during the lockout-shortened campaign, while his 82-game pace for PIMs was 149. That is a dual threat you are not going to find in many corners of the fantasy hockey world. The question is whether Simmonds will play an important role if fellow bruising forward Scott Hartnell is healthy this season. While we don't know for sure, we do know that Simmonds has found a way to at least offer decent offensive output from as deep as the third line in the past. There is little downside -- and plenty of upside -- to adding Simmonds to your team. Really, the only threat with Simmonds in standard ESPN leagues is that he is a drag on ice time, averaging only around 15 to 16 minutes per game.
25. James van Riemsdyk, Tor LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics48181432-726619:1214044.1
2014 Projections82302656-3451018:0023564
2014 Outlook: In 2013, van Riemsdyk was lucky enough to find himself alongside Phil Kessel quite frequently. The result was what many expected from JVR in his first opportunity to be on a top line: he scored a lot. van Riemsdyk nearly matched his career highs, as he played off of Kessel en route to a 32-point shortened season. Now playing for an ever-improving Maple Leafs offense that will boast new threats like David Clarkson and Dave Bolland, van Riemsdyk should continue to aim for new career highs at the top of the Leafs' depth chart. There is even the possibility that the team resorts to the plan it never got to try because of the lockout, to convert van Riemsdyk to a centerman. If you hear any rumors of that in training camp, move him up your depth chart. If van Riemsdyk is lined up in the middle, the Leafs canstack the top line even more.
26. Jiri Tlusty, Car LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics482315381518818:1511763.7
2014 Projections803127588291517:0019872.4
2014 Outlook: We have no issues with buying into Tlusty as a top-line winger. He wasn't just drafting off the talent of Eric Staal and Alexander Semin last season, but Tlusty was making plays happen all on his own. His shooting percentage from 2013 is unsustainable, but that doesn't erase all the good things he did. Besides, having a high shooting percentage isn't all that unusual when players go to the net and take action. Tlusty won't likely be making a run at a 40-goal season (which was his 82-game pace from last season), but he is a high-scoring forward on his team's top line.
27. Loui Eriksson, Bos LW, RWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics48121729-981020:0710437.7
2014 Projections8131407114122120:0019495.7
2014 Outlook: The more natural fit for Eriksson with his new team is probably to slot in to the spot abandoned by Nathan Horton alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic, although Eriksson could just as easily play with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The nice part about this debate is that there really is no loser when you play the game of choosing a Bruins line to join. If there is chemistry with Eriksson and his linemates, he has a real shot at his most valuable fantasy season to date. His career highs could all fall, especially if Eriksson hits things off with Krejci and Lucic. Pending the results from training camp, Eriksson is a name that could rise up in the ranks very quickly before the season starts.
28. Scott Hartnell, Cls LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics328311-570515:527427.9
2014 Projections8227255261551517:0020678
2014 Outlook: It's always scary when a star by association has an off season due to injury, and is looking to return to the same plum spot he occupied before getting hurt. But such is the case with Hartnell. In 2011-12, Hartnell rode on the Flyers' top line with Claude Giroux, and turned it into one of the most valuable fantasy seasons in recent memory. Now, after missing a lot of this past season, Hartnell will hope to win his role back alongside the Flyers' budding superstar. The problem is that the Flyers are riddled with unproven, high-upside young talent looking to knock Hartnell out of his job on the top line. Any one of Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier or Matt Read could steal Hartnell's job opposite Jakub Voracek on the top line with Giroux. Not to mention that Wayne Simmonds and Vincent Lecavalier would like to be there as well. There is great potential in Hartnell returning to his lofty status as a points and penalty minutes beast, but there is great risk in taking him too early in drafts.
29. Milan Lucic*, Bos LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics4672027875216:557955
2014 Projections8026356171311117:0017583.1
2014 Outlook: Lucic, like his centerman David Krejci, has a valuable knack for picking up his scoring pace in the postseason, and that has to annoy fantasy owners. However, it's not as if his production during the regular season is to be dismissed. 60 points from a player that is also going to earn you 150 penalty minutes is certainly valuable. One variable headed into the coming season is that Lucic and Krejci will have a new man joining them on the wing. The underwhelming -- and oft-injured -- Nathan Horton has moved on, and Loui Eriksson or Jarome Iginla will move in. Eriksson is the better fit as a dynamic winger with a focus on offense, but either player will suffice in the end. Depending upon the fit with Eriksson or Iginla, Lucic's fortunes will be on the rise.
30. Tomas Fleischmann, Fla LWYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOGPTS
2013 Statistics48122335-10161318:4412146
2014 Projections76263965-10262019:0021278.6
2014 Outlook: It's hard not to remember the blistering start to the 2011-12 campaign that Fleischmann helped lead with Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss atop the Panthers' depth chart. Weiss is gone, but Versteeg is making a return from a serious knee injury and will look to recapture the magic with Fleischmann and a new centerman. Lucky for the two players, it is quite possible they could be reunited with the hopes of catching fire again, and there are plenty of suitors to replace Weiss. Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Shawn Matthias have futures as fantasy-friendly centers in the NHL. Even if the Panthers offense doesn't click this season, Fleischmann should approach 25 goals and 60 points. Add another five goals and 15 points if the team finds a top line that works.