Drafting 14th overall means you were the best team to NOT make the playoffs. No playoffs = no playoff revenue and also no chance at the SC (obviously). So, the team is not quite good enough for the playoffs AND they don't get a shot at the real good blue-chip prospects.
Drafting 29th over means you lost in the SCF. There's no real difference in value between the 29th and 30th overall pick so the team picks late and doesn't have the swagger of being the SC Champs.
This stems from a conversation I had with some Flames fans lately as Calgary has had the 13th and 14th overall picks the past two years (granted they got Bartschi with the 13th and then traded the 14th) and we all know that Vancouver picked 29th in 2011.
Personally, I would go with the 14th overall position as the worst. In my mind, if a team doesn't make the playoffs then it's better to really tank and get a high pick (1 - 5). At least drafting 29th means that the team has made tons of playoff revenue.
Edited by babych, 09 August 2012 - 12:55 PM.