No player would accept losing for a chance to bring in a guy who MIGHT help the team. There are a lot of consequences that go with rebuilding and players wouldn't risk being traded or damaging their career to bring in one player.
Our mentality is to win, no matter how difficult it will be.
Just because this has worked for a couple of Stanley Cup champs in the past few years doesn't mean we should herald the technique of tanking. You can't forget that
1. Deep drafts aren't a yearly phenomenon
2. Pittsburgh, or Chicago for that matter, hasn't won the merit of dynasty quite yet...
3. Edmonton.... uh... yeah!
I think you need to look at dynasties - like Detroit, who often don't draft high, but have good systems of development for their youngsters. Only one team can win the Stanley cup, but most teams that have been contenders for the cup on a regular basis have not had the luxury of drafting in the top 10. I would far prefer regular season wins and occasional Stanley Cup attempts than a series of losses for a crapshoot at the draft.
That being said, I think the Flames need to spend more money on scouting, maybe seeking out more European talent in their later picks (thinking Datsuyk, etc)....