I'd generally agree with what USCKingsfan wrote. I'd probably bump Vegas and Minnesota down a level. But the Kings and Ducks are equally screwed with bad contracts. The Kings core (1C, 1D, 1G) is clearly better. The Kings never signed a mistake on the order of the Kesler extension. The Ducks, like almost every team in the league, have better youth. Most likely because their internal cap forced them to get younger rather than overpay veterans.

Both are a long way from the elite playoff contenders. The Kings have the top end talent but are devoid of young, cheap talent (thanks Dean). Blake is trying to fill the gaps with the college FA signings but there aren't many first round talents available for free. The rebuild will take a couple more draft classes at a minimum.