I think we have to come to the harsh reality that we are not anywhere near a contender in the central. St. Louis and Chicago are head and shoulders above us. This year really is a rebuild. While the offense is deep, it lacks gamebreaking talent. The defense only has two true puck movers, and one can't really be trusted yet to take top 4 minutes. We are realistically a fringe playoff team. I would be much more ok with us being sellers this year and try a quick turnaround next year with a high draft pick and some improved forwards.
Surprisingly, Wilson has been our best forward this season IMHO. I feel like Smith has been the absolute most disappointing one.