The key guy you can't look over out there is Darren Dietz. Very, very impressive player in all aspects of the game. Don't overlook a guy like Pateryn, who just played his first 2 games in the league this year, and who's a big body with great hockey IQ.
On offense, the Oliers have the obvious advantage, although the Habs have a lot of picks this upcoming draft. I hope they can somehow close the gap and get decent forward prospects.
Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Kristo, Collberg, Bozon, Hudon, Dumont that are notable prospects out there. Let's add a couple.
In front of the net, Price alone gives the nod to the Habs in that area.
As long as Edmonton has the same management and coaching staff I can not see how you can vote for the Oilers. Maybe once they get management that is willing to get better then I can see voting for the Oilers, but intill that I vote for Montreal AINEC
I don't think using this season is a fair measuring stick. Your team is full of aged vets, and this season there are only half the games and they against your own conf. only. Next season will tell a lot more about the long term future because of the full schedule, more influx of prospects, and a well rounded even schedule across the whole league.
Long Term Future lets take a look at players aged 25 and under.. and that's really a shelf life of only 10-11 years... or should we go 22-23 and under with a longer shelf life of 14-15 years? I'll do 25 but list the rest... correct me if I am wrong..
someone should post the rest of the relevant MTL prospects with high end NHL potential if there are any... here is all i could find on the MTL site... with NHL potential...
EDM's average age is higher than MTL.
OT: MTL without question for me. We have/will have stars in every position. The Oilers future is less certain because of the concentration of forward talent - they lack defensive talent and elite goaltending.
Plekanec (he's 30..... not that old)
Galchenyuk and Gallagher are both very young and look like they'll do great - kind of like Yakupov (young and unproven, but high potential). It's not as though our best players are old. Our old players are fillers, which will be easily replaced from within the system in the coming years. No recalculation necessary. I could call the Oilers full of aged vets too, if I like. Hemsky, Horcoff, etc.; however, I'd be wrong.
From your original list, you're missing potential NHLers like Collberg, Thrower, Hudon, Leblanc, etc.
how so? i prefer the grit the Habs wingers have over the Oils finesse. i recognize the top-end talent the Oilers have, but the Habs have two wingers willing to go to the dirty areas to score.
i know Galchenyuk and Gallagher aren't first liners now... but the poll asks who has the better future.
You answered your own question. The top end talent of those Oiler forwards is what sets them apart. Those three Oiler forwards could very well form the core if a very sexy top six. Being able to go to the dirty areas isn't a replacement for talent. It's a complement to it.
Montreal's edge is in their balance. They lose up front.
I am surprised to find myself voting Habs. They have strong young talent at all key positions, Edmonton has the young firepower but thin on the blueline and not sold on Dubnyk, it is a bit of a dimemma how their team is constructed and I don't trust that Tambo will play his cards right.
Habs got alot more going for them but when it comes to who they have upfront, the Oilers are a pretty easy choice.
You and your GM think alike and this is why the Oilers is not going to the playoff until they change their GM. Your top 6 has skill but no grit. Your D and goalie is shaky. Without major changes, the Oilers is not going to make the playoff.