I have no respect for teams that deliberately tank to get the high pick - I'd add Tampa to that list as well. At least Pittsburgh's toilet seasons were brief, which makes it more obviously deliberate, but Chicago was in the crapper for almost a decade before their high picks finally turned out. Chicago also "won" the draft lottery and moved from 5th to 1st overall to get Kane, the year after getting Toews at 3rd.Potatoe1 wrote: That approach has churned out 2 cup winners in recent years, however for every Pens and Hawks team there are another 3 teams who cant seem to escape from an endless rebuilding cycle.
At this point, I'm cheering for the Laffs over the Oilers, because they've truly been in a dogfight every year since Burke took over. Of course, it backfired when Boston got Seguin, but at least there was fight in the franchise, and now they're being (somewhat) rewarded. Toronto also has a better shot to stay competitive, because they won't be signing 3-4 superstar contracts at the same time, which will devastate Edmonton in a few years.
I think I like the Philly model the best - they had a bad season forming, in spite of loading up on FAs and expecting to go deep, and managed to sell off so many vets for picks and prospects in that one year that they were back in the upper echelon the following year. I don't think the Canucks have been in an analogous situation - Naslund's last year maybe, but the Canucks were leading the division at the deadline.