Seems to me we are definitely a top 4 defenceman and a darn good winger away from competing for anything, inlcuding possibly a playoff spot. Assuming no one (Juulsen, Brooks, Suzuki(on the wing?) )comes forward to fill the void. Otherwise we have last years team minus Shaw. Benn/Chiarot a wash. Then again I suppose, you could start with an identical roster to last year, and the results could be completely different, as nothing remains constant. .
The thought of adding Caufield and Romanov to the mix next year is totally going to rockDanault is definitely in our top 6. He was centering one if the very best line in the league last season. Poehling and Suzuki will pressure for spots this season, even if they might start the season in Laval. Brook might do the same on defense. At least there is done kids with potential in case of injuries. Even in net we have Primeau.