Surrounding high skill players with garbage is a great way to ruin them. Habs while having lower draft picks will get more from their prospects because they're being developed properly and allowed to grow while the oiler prospects are forced into the front lines on a terrible team.
Also the oilers drafting is absolute ****, outside of the 1st round it is a total mess. I don't know how long stu mcgregor has been running things but he needs to be fired along with everyone else running that joke. Edmonton is a hockey town and deserves more than the **** they are being fed by the "boys on the bus".
I think we missed connecting on this one canovin? I was responding to your comment about "once the Oilers fill their team with better veterans" and you appear to be discussing your current roster no?
I respond by bringing in veterans and grit slowly.
A 3rd for Fistric and a 4th for Mike Brown. They've been great acquisition so far. Are the Oilers done trading and filling in holes? No.
Plus, what we've seen this year from the Oilers are the players playing great last year are in a slump and the ones in the slump last year are showing signs of improvement. eg. Gagner, Hemsky, PRV and even Horcoff. Once Hall, RNH and Eberle catches fire and Yakupov and J. Schultz step it up a notch. Watch out!!
Edmonton has a long way to go to be as good as the Habs are this year and have been in most recent years. As others have said Montreal's talent is far more balanced as well as their best players being in or very close to being in their prime.
I don't see any good argument that could be made for Edmonton beyond "at some point all those 1st overall picks have to pay off, right? right!?"