To be fair though, of the teams that haven't had a high pick in the last 5 years, a couple still have left over matured high picks from earlier. Nice building blocks to move forward with. Not necessarily #1 overall, but a top 3.
SJ - Marleau - 2nd overall.
Vancouver - the Sedins - 2nd and 3rd overall.
Calgary may be up there now, but IMHO, I really don't think they're a threat to win the cup. Buffalo, yes, because of Miller.
So out of the top 8 teams, 6 of them have at least one top three overall pick on the roster as an important piece. It really does make a difference.
Yeah, no doubt but at this point I guess I would be happy with a team that "might" and any of those eight, "might"
6 of those teams might be building around players who went top-3, but those players aren't going to win you much without the collection of talent around them.
Kane and Toews have Seabrook, Sharp, Keith, etc who went later. Ovechkin and Backstrom have Semin, Green, Fleischmann, etc. Crosby and Malkin has Letang, Gologoski and Orpik.
I think we have some POTENTIAL complimentary pieces in Gagner, Eberle, Paajarvi, etc and a couple who are ready to be those pieces right now (Penner, Brule, Hemsky). We just need that one guy (Hall and Seguin are both good enough to be it, IMO).