If not making the playoffs for a few years, guaranteed being a contender, I think fans and management would go for it. But ask Edmonton, Calgary, Buffalo, NYI, Florida, etc, how easy it is to turn it around. All the high draft picks in the world doesn't guarantee a contending team. It could take a decade or more to turn it around if you start dumping players and create a losing atmosphere. You also have to have the good fortune to win the draft lottery, have a potential franchise player being in the draft the year you are picking and have an elite scouting staff to recognize those players. Fans act like oh, we should just miss the playoffs for a year or two, and pick up a few superstars in the draft, and voila, we'll be Stanley Cup Champions in a season or two.