I expect Hammer and Frolik to be moved. I have Saad in the top 6 not because I believe he belongs there yet, but that is where he was at the end of the regular season/playoffs and Q is will keep him there even if he isn't ready for it (just like having Leddy on the 2nd pairing and the pk).
94-95 Habs went from contender before start of year to being out of playoffs
94-95 Rangers nearly missed playoffs after winning cup/presidents trophy yr before
The 94-95 Hawk team went to the conference finals sweeping the Canucks on the way who had just gone to the Finals the year before. Granted the Hawks had Ed Belfour in net but in a shortened season At least it's not a marathon just to get to the playoffs and you never what moves the Hawks might make during the year or rookies that will step up.
It's time to have a talk with Sharp. Start by congratulating him for getting that big payday he earned. Then tell him that we appreciate that he's a team leader and well ... we need him to step up and play the 2C spot. Barring a trade, he is our best option - period.