I have noticed that somehow Blackwood was never a Conte pick and Zacha was a Conte pick but has slowly morphed to a Shero pick as he got better.
Lou gets bashed a lot, but there were 30 years of winning before the wheels came off. It couldn't last forever. It was going to come at a price, and the price has been steep. And where SD is absolutely correct is that the roster was a disaster and a half by 2015. Lou was trying to get whatever he could get out of the team while Marty and Elias were still around, but there just wasn't anything there anymore and he wasn't willing to tear it down. That's why Shero was brought in.
Its definite that the future is much brighter now, and these kids still need some time. I agree with you though, in that it's getting old finishing bottom 5 every year. I think we need that next step this season. No more trading picks for reclamation projects. We need some vets to help these kids, and they need to make a move. Something that shows that there's a pulse somewhere in the front office. Trade, signing, something that says "ok, we expect to be a regular playoff team at some point in the next few years"
I think a good season for 2021-2022 would be flirting with a wild card and playing meaningful hockey into march as opposed to looking at top 10 draft possibilities in January.