The only teams ahead of the Hawks are the Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins (1) and their opponent in the finals, Vancouver (2), while Washington, Pittsburgh and San Jose round out the top 5.
The Sharks got deeper with the addition of Brent Burns but are the Penguins going to be as good without knowing the immediate future of Sidney Crosby?
And Boston and Vancouver will undoubtedly experience a Cup hangover, especially the Bruins. A step back for either in the regular season is a possibility. If the Hawks additions, mostly older and a bit slower, don't pitch in, there might be too much pressure on the core players, which could derail a chance at moving up in the top five.