I must admit, I haven't a clue on the 2008 draft prospects.
However, the hockey world is quick to call it one of the deeper drafts in recent history.
So would the 2003 draft be a good comparable?
Where would the Oilers fit in pre-Prenner Offersheet? Is it Lowe's job to tank the team to obtain a top 5 pick? If Penner is not signed to an offersheet, does that mean Lowe would go in the season without addressing the forward issue?
I must admit, most of the top 10 from the 2003 draft look like they'll have solid careers down the road. From 11-20, you see a bigger dropoff, although still gems in Getzlaf, Seabrook, and possibly Parise. From 21-30 (likely where the Oilers pick obtained from Anaheim the FCP deal) there are good support/2nd tier guys, but the Oilers seem to have plenty of them in the system with Pouliot, O'Marra, Chorney, Nash, etc. The other part of it is - it will take 3-4 years before we begin to realize the value of these draft picks.
Draft picks after the 1st round are ridiculously overrated
From the 2nd round - I count 4 solid players (Bergeron, Carle, O'Sullivan, Weber)
In the 3rd round, only 1 notable player (Picard).
Therefore, the only reasonable benchmark comparison should be the 1st round.
So where does Penner fit in with the 2003 (making the assumption the 2008 draft class is similar and using hindsight) 1st round class? Behind MAF, Staal, Horton, Vanek, Michalek, Suter, Phaneuf, Seabrook, Getzlaf, and Parise, putting him 11th overall.
I'll take this bet.