Well, if Ron Francis had to pick a year to tank, this is the year.
You look at the East... there's Carolina and Buffalo as the clear basement dwellers and a hodgepodge of playoff/non-playoff teams that are bad or just mediocre...
Then there's the Western Conference. I'm fairly sure the Flames would be contenders for the playoffs in the East.
I believe this draft could mark the raise of the East again. Buffalo is building a powerhouse, I hate to say it, but they are going to be a force IF they get McDavid. Carolina getting Eichel will make them a good team as well. Staals + Lindholm+ Fluery + Eichel is a good core. Not to mention CLB and Tampa building great teams