Where they are in 2-3 years depends on their goaltending and young D. If Dubnyk can prove to be a legit starter and their young D can progress and show themselves capable at the highest level, they'll be a playoff team in couple years.
I will entertain the answer of yes . They will just slide into the playoffs. Based on the fact that I have drafted Eberle, Hall, Shultz and Dubi (3rd string goalie) for my hockey pool lol.
Crossing my fingers their continue play and chemistry will carry over from the AHL were they are dominating...............but honestly my brain says they will def not make the playoffs :p