Odds are you are right, but I wouldn't say it is as much of a given as most people think it is.
Like I touched on, I think a lot of it is the division ... makes it a lot more difficult to stay optimistic. I don't think we'll see a repeat of the Central sending four teams to the playoffs again, but I do think there are still three potential Cup candidates in the division (with the Blackhawks being my choice if I had to pick one today). Despite my comment about them being bad I think my post took a rather optimistic assessment of the season, honestly ... as you said with your last point, there's no ignoring that offensively there is just a severe lack of talent. However, there is hope in not letting as many goals in, I just see it more as a hypothetical. As I said before, I think the defense will be fine and perhaps even realistically solid. But they will need great goaltending, and hopefully Bobrovsky will at the very least give them better results than Mason has after his rookie season. But even if he has a stellar season, it's going to be hard to make up for the lack of firepower. It's a developmental season.
I get what you're saying regarding the whole veterans thing, though. I think it's safe to say that they have fully embraced the youth movement this year though (even if they did so out of necessity). It feels very similar to a baseball rebuilding stage the season after a firing sale with finally trading Nash. Off the top of my head there can't be too many players over 30, though they did bring Adrian Aucoin in to be a "mentor" to the younger defensemen. It is definitely troublesome to realize that Vinny Prospal was one of your best offensive players a year ago.