NYI and Columbus would seem to be favorites. But imagine if the Preds have to pull the trigger on a Weber deal, lose Suter on July 1st and Rinne misses a chunk of time. There is always a team that is surprisingly bad New Jersey two years ago, Anaheim last year. I think Nashville could really fall apart over the next couple weeks and be a Rinne injury from a pretty devastating season.
Straight up. Which team do you think will be the bottom feeder next year?
I think there is a solid chance it could be Columbus again (even though they lost the lottery this year). They'll be going full rebuild mode. Another possibility is Calgary, if they decide to blow it up and rebuild also.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
I think the Stars are a darkhorse for MacKinnon. They'll be a mediocre team if they don't make big changes during the off season and likely miss the playoffs. If Lehtonen has a down year/gets injured then it's almost guaranteed they'll be in a lottery position.
The same can be said about the Flames, but to a lesser extent I'd imagine.