All you gave where best case scenarios , The Sedins both fell below a point a game and are not getting any younger and Kesler continues to have more major surgeries that are going to take a toll on his body and last season seemed to have a hard time bouncing back and who knows how well his body will respond after another and if Schneider starts this yr will he be able to play like a number 1 for 65 games and hopefully a long playoff run and if Kassian comes back for next season playing anything like he did last season it will show he needs to develop more in Chicago , As for all the teams you have under estimated shows how ignorant you are.
Hey man it's just my opinion right, like agree or not It's my opinion I'm not saying everyone else is wrong that's just the way I see it.
Anyways as for your points, yes the Sedin's didn't have the best year but I think the grind of going all the way last year and I think that affected alot of people and that was why alot of them struggled, that's why I think LA won't go that far in the playoffs, they might, they have the talent but the grind of going all the way before can really affect it and we should all know that first hand.
Kesler won't have the year he did in 10/11, he's gunna miss a good chunk of the year but he is still just as talented, he will probably have the same point and goal totals as last year but I think if he can stay healthy after that he can be a consistent 30+ goal and 60-70+ point scorer, his shot hasn't gotten worse, he's still as fast, you know he's still has that skillset so I don't see any reason why he won't be as good eventually.
I've said before that I think the "Schneider not being able to handle 60+ games" thing is just an excuse from big Luongo fans (which I consider myself) because they don't wanna see Lu go, but that's my opinon, I think he has been tested enough.
Kassian will be better, I think that's safe to say definitively that he will be. He's a young player and from all reports he has been training like a madman, he's young and he is growing so he will be a better player, who knows how much better, but he will be better I just hope he gets the full opportunity to show what he can bring.
As for those other teams and me under estimating them, anything can happen in the playoffs but the way I look at it now, I think we have one of the best chances in the West, LA has that Cup lingering and I see them going through what Boston did last year, Nashville & Detriot have gotten worse, that's just a fact not me being ignorant, San Jose has gotten better and maybe they will be the best but as a gut feeling I think they will be the same way they have been over the last few years, there top stars are getting older and Niemi hasn't been everything they expected. Chicago won't win a cup unless they can get consistent goaltending, you just can't win a cup without that, not to mention they lost Hossa for who knows how long, St.Louis will be the biggest competition cause there young and I could see them making it to the confrence final easily and potentially the cup final. I think the East got better and we got worse, Minnesota will have a tough time with that defense so I don't think they will make the playoffs.
So you know really think about it, LA won the cup last year, that's last year so there's no guarentee they will be the team they were, they just caught fire and played amazing and who knows if they will be able to play that way again, they have the potential but who knows right.
So I think we have improved and we will make more moves before the season starts so I do like our chances.