Probably Detroit or Colorado..with Ottawa closely behind. A lot of Ottawa's players haven't hit their prime and they're already doing pretty great. Spezza and Havlat will tear it up.
I'll go with you on this one. Most people seem to be looking backwards on veteran teams more than looking forward to the prime of younger teams. I guess it's because it's easier to use hindsight than to predict who will have the best prime years coming up. Colorado and Detroit are obvious choices due to the veterans who have had productive years we can look back to. The Rangers are also a haven for has-been producers and has to be considered. I haven't seen anyone mention Philadelphia yet. They have a lot of vets just past their prime and a few young guys who haven't peaked yet. I also agree with Ottawa to a degree. I think they have a core of players who are at or near their prime right now, meaning they wouldn't be much better if the others were "adjusted" to their prime. Spezza and Havlat are the ones that would contribute more in their potential prime. I think I'll look around some more and come back to this.
The all time Oilers team would be the best of all time. Who could beat this lineup?
J. Currie(73 71 64 135) - W. Gretzky (80 92 120 212)- B. Nicholls(79 70 80 150)
G. Anderson(72 54 48 102) - M. Messier (79 45 84 129) - E. Tikkanen (76 34 44 78)
V. Damphousse (84 39 58 97) - J. Carson (80 55 52 107) - A. Graves (84 52 27 79)
R. Smyth(82 31 39 70) - D. Weight (82 25 79 104) - B. Guerin (78 41 25 66)
P. Coffee(79 48 90 138) - S. Smith (78 10 47 57)
C. Huddy (76 20 37 57) - D. Manson (79 18 36 54)
K. Lowe (80 4 42 46) - M. McSorely(81 15 26 41)
Ummm.... point well taken, but most of these guys don't play for the Oilers right NOW, so it's completely off topic. BTW, there is a thread for this on the board. Pretty amazing lineups to look at, too.
With all due respect to Wings fans, Lidstrom doesn't compare to Brian Leetch in his prime. That's why I pick Toronto...
Leetch, McCabe, Kaberle, Klee, Johansson on defence.
Francis, Nieuwendyk, Sundin down the middle.
Mogilny's a former 70-goal scorer, Roberts a 50-goal scorer, ditto for Reichel, Renberg hit 80 points once, Nolan's a 40-goal scorer.