Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
16. Jamie Benn, Dal FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8134457921641919:09279
2015 Projections763034646542319:23262
2015 Outlook: Benn loved having Tyler Seguin as a linemate. Only the Toronto Maple Leafs' and Boston Bruins' top trios generated more goals at even strength last season than the combination of Benn, Seguin and Valeri Nichushkin. And you can look at Nichushkin's final totals to realize that the Benn-Seguin combination is what really matters. Improvement from Nichushkin can only help, but it doesn't need to happen for Benn to repeat as a star fantasy forward. He should go in your draft as a top-tier No. 2 fantasy forward and would make a nice one-two punch with Seguin in fantasy if the opportunity presented itself.- SA
17. Chris Kunitz, Pit FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7835336825662219:09218
2015 Projections8031316220472118:37222
2015 Outlook: Coveted for the on-ice company he keeps (see: Sidney Crosby), Kunitz probably doesn't get the full respect he deserves as an individual talent orfantasy asset. But who cares? Since joining the Penguins, the winger has averaged 0.81 points per regular-season game. At 34 years old, he doesn't seem to be slowing down; Kunitz scored more goals (35) in 2013-14 than ever before. - VM
18. Zach Parise, Min FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics6729275610302020:26245
2015 Projections7032326412361920:31274
2015 Outlook: The Wild are still looking for Parise to hit that extra gear that makes him a dangerous point-per-game sniper in the NHL. Now three seasons removed from his knee surgery and two seasons removed from the New Jersey Devils, we wonder if Parise still has that extra gear. We are going to find out this season, for sure. The Wild have added free agent Thomas Vanek, which will give Parise an elite winger to complement him on the other side of Mikko Koivu. The trio could prove to be a deadly combination, and Vanek's finishing skills should be enough to push Parise back toward the elite level that he maintained prior to his knee surgery. If he can't score a point per game in this situation, it's a sign that Parise simply doesn't have that gear anymore. - SA
19. Anze Kopitar, LA FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8229417034242320:53200
2015 Projections7726386419182320:41232
2015 Outlook: The number of elite seasons already turned in by Kopitar is quite incredible. Considering that he just turned 27 years old, he has to be considered one of the brightest young stars in the game. The consistency for fantasy owners still isn't there 100 percent, but Kopitar only had one "off" month all season in 2013-14, so he's getting close. He has the talent to be putting in more than 80 points per season, but it's hard to be disappointed with 70 points, an elite plus/minus and more than enough shots on goal. It will be interesting to see if Marian Gaborik can push Kopitar back into the stratosphere. The pair finished extremely strong this past regular season, and then dominated the playoffs together. - SA
20. David Backes, StL FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics74273057141191619:33165
2015 Projections7726315715951819:34175
2015 Outlook: A refreshing fruit salad of a player in the standard league fridge, Backes offers a little bit of everything, ranging from tart to sweet, to please your fantasy hockey palate. A respectable collection of points at even strength and with the man advantage, above-average PIM, healthy plus-minus, decent TOI average -- it's all in there. But, no one ingredient will blow you away (it's still only fruit salad). And that's OK. Look to draft Backes early in the third round in most conventional leagues. VM
21. Taylor Hall, Edm FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics75275380-15441720:01250
2015 Projections74294978-7462119:55248
2015 Outlook: Say what you want about the other young Oilers players taking a step back in 2013-14, but Hall is a steady rock star for fantasy owners. He proved that he not only has point-per-game ability in the NHL, but he proved he can do it with his teammates all on a downward spiral. To put things in perspective, the top producing line for the Oilers last season was Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The second top producing trio? Well, that was Hall, Sam Gagner and David Perron. That's right, Hall was on the best and second-best line for his team. Fantasy owners should bank on continued elite scoring from Hall and be aware that he still hasn't peaked for value. With linemates back on track and an overall improved team defense, Hall could push into No. 2 fantasy forward territory this season; he's a lock as a No. 3 fantasy forward. - SA
22. Daniel Sedin, Van FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics731631470381820:36224
2015 Projections7324355910362619:40226
2015 Outlook: We've heard the melancholic warnings about the Sedins slowing and breaking down as they enter their "golden years," but a 33-year-old Sedin is still worth more than most 25-year-old non-Sedins (as the old saying goes). And we're excited about watching Daniel (along with brother Henrik) respond to new coach Willie Desjardins, who reportedly aims to bring a fast-paced offense back to Vancouver. As long as Daniel remains healthy -- and that has become a legit concern of late -- he should see an increase in production across the board, particularly in the goal-scoring department. - VM
23. Matt Duchene, Col FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics712347708191718:30217
2015 Projections7326416714252019:01236
2015 Outlook: Technically speaking, Duchene hasn't posted a complete season that would put him as a No. 2 fantasy forward. However, let's not get too technical; this guy is amazing on the ice. Duchene can take over the game when he wants and is in an ideal situation to move into the elite tier of fantasy forwards. He'll pair, once again, with Ryan O'Reilly on a line that will feature a new member for the departed P.A. Parenteau. Because either player can play center, the new linemate could easily be a winger, such as, oh, let's say, legendary scorer Jarome Iginla. But even if Iginla is moved elsewhere, some of the other potential linemates include veteran playmaker Alex Tanguay or power forward Jamie McGinn. The upside of an improved power play helping to fuel Duchene's production makes him even more exciting. He'll be worth the use of a third-round draft choice.- SA
24. Thomas Vanek, Min FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics782741687461819:21248
2015 Projections7025335811402219:22242
2015 Outlook: After bouncing around the NHL in 2013-14, ultimately assisting the Montreal Canadiens with a Cinderella playoff run, Vanek signed with the Wild this offseason. He provides an instant upgrade over every winger on the team save for Zach Parise, and should play with Parise on the team's top line. Despite suiting up for three different teams, Vanek managed 27 goals. But key in on his time with the New York Islanders, when he played with an elite player in John Tavares and you'll see the potential Vanek has with Parise. Vanek had 17 goals in 47 games with the Isles, scoring points at nearly a point-per-game clip. There is tremendous potential for Vanek to return to elite levels this coming season. - SA
25. Jonathan Toews, Chi FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics7628406826341520:28193
2015 Projections7724386221291820:24200
2015 Outlook: Toews is a rare breed, in that his leadership and skill on the ice don't translate all that well to fantasy. Toews does a lot of the little things for which standard fantasy leagues don't account. He'll make a run at 30 goals and probably top 60 points, but with minimal power-play points and low shots-on-goal totals, he misses the elite tier of fantasy forwards. Toews makes Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp a lot better but doesn't reap all the benefits himself. Look for him as a No. 2, or maybe even No. 3, forward on your team. - SA
26. Henrik Sedin, Van FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics701139503421820:4097
2015 Projections8014577110552520:02122
2015 Outlook: Along with his twin brother, we expect Henrik to rebound under new coach Willie Desjardins from a thoroughly disappointing 2013-14 season, as long as the forward is able to stay healthy. The Sedin twins no longer merit first- or second-round selection in fantasy drafts, but they're not fit for pasture yet, particularly with the major culture change underway in Vancouver. VM
27. Max Pacioretty, Mon FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics733921608351718:29270
2015 Projections793327604402018:19285
2015 Outlook: Pacioretty has embraced his role as the Montreal Canadiens' offensive leader, and has put up consistent numbers that place him as a solid No. 3 fantasy forward. In fact, he's arguably a top-30 overall player, thanks to propensity for shooting and abilities when there is extra room on the ice for the power play. Will he have the same linemates? Probably not, as P.A. Parenteau's arrival throws off the dynamic of the top six, but you can bet Pacioretty will be surrounded with the best talent available. He has a nice rapport with David Desharnais, but could use an upgrade at center if he wants to push into the next echelon of value. If Lars Eller were ever to realize his potential, he could be the centerman Pacioretty might need. In the meantime, Desharnais has been reliable enough to make Pacioretty a star. The bigger threat is Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher staging a coup to become the new top line, but we think that is still another season away. - SA
28. Patrick Marleau, SJ FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics823337700182320:31285
2015 Projections772933623212120:18275
2015 Outlook: Consistent and durable, Marleau shoots a ton, scores an above-average number of goals and assists, and plays on a line with Logan Couture. The 35-year-old isn't ready to slow down quite yet. You'd be lucky to snag him late in the third or early in the fourth rounds of most standard fantasy leagues. VM
29. Nathan MacKinnon, Col FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics8224396320261717:21241
2015 Projections7827386510261818:08251
2015 Outlook: With a total of 63 points and a Calder Trophy in the closet, MacKinnon debuted in the NHL to rave reviews from fantasy owners. It certainly helps that the Avalanche were able to provide him with a steady role on a line with Paul Stastny and fellow recent Calder winner Gabriel Landeskog. Stastny is gone, but in as a possible replacement is Jarome Iginla. Having a goal scorer with Iginla's history would not only help MacKinnon now, but likely advance his development for the long term. Fantasy owners will have to invest early to get MacKinnon, since expectations will be high for an improvement. He is a No. 3 fantasy forward that you can get in the fourth round for this season, but don't be surprised if he goes sooner. - SA
30. Blake Wheeler, Wpg FYEARGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPPATOISOG
2014 Statistics822841694631918:41225
2015 Projections792437610562318:51213
2015 Outlook: Often undervalued, the Jets' leading scorer brings a well-balanced resume to the fantasy table. Since joining the franchise from the Bruins partway through 2010-11, the speedy winger has averaged 2.75 shots per game and 0.82 points per game, with a plus/minus in the black, all the while missing only two regular-season contests. Nothing jaw-dropping here, just steady, reliable production. - VM