The current Edmonton management does indeed deserve props for building its scouting program under Kevin Lowe's regime. K Predergast and staff have done a pretty solid job. However I get abit leery about commentary which places the black hole results of the 1990s solely at the feet of the past Oiler management team and Barry Fraser (who on occasion friviously referred to on this board for this later years Mexican residence).
We shouldn't forget Pendergast and several of the current scouting department were involved in those 1990 draft day decisions. Pendergast himself has been an Oiler employee since 1990-91. Credit where credit is due but the legacy of this scouting department also bears some responsibilities for this team's many draft misses in the 1990s.
I do shed a lot of light on this subject too and why your statement may or may not be completely accurate. I ain't going to say one way or the other yet... you'll read it for yourself very soon.