LA Kings? They were considered the best team and not your typical 8th place team. So the answer to your question is last year.
Riiiiiiiight! The LA Kings were considered the best team on paper last year? Thats hilarious.
Im sure most of the analyists and experts never saw LA as the team to beat. Give me a break. 8 of 12 ESPN hockey analyists had them ousted in the 1st round by Vancouver. They werent even favored when they ramrodded everyone to get to the SCF's as nhl.com has the Devils in 6. So the answer to my question is not last year.