30. Buffalo Sabres (last season: 30): Ryan Miller played incredibly well for Buffalo last season and the Sabres still posted a goal differential 19 worse than the next team on the list. They should narrow the gap a little, but not enough to move up a slot.
29. Florida Panthers (last season: 29): With the departure of Tom Gilbert, Dmitry Kulikov as a restricted free agent with KHL options and Andy Strickland of the Big 550 KTRS suggesting that Brian Campbell wants to leave, the Panthers could be without their top three defencemen from last season.
28. Toronto Maple Leafs (last season: 23): A lot broke right for Toronto—a high shooting percentage, a red-hot goalie, a 9-4 shootout record—for the team to finish 23rd in the league in 2013-14. With a summer that saw significant losses (David Bolland, Nikolai Kulemin, Jay McClement) to free agency, it's likely the worst is yet to come.
27. Calgary Flames (last season: 27): The loss of Mike Cammalleri is a pretty major blow for an already anemic offence, and the addition of netminder Jonas Hiller likely won't be enough to make up the gap.
26. Ottawa Senators (last season: 21): The Sens may not be willing to admit it, but the age of budget hockey has returned to Ottawa. Shipping out Jason Spezza for futures was a major blow, and failing to retain or replace Ales Hemsky hurts too.