OK, I teach college and although it's not at MIT, if someone made this statement in my class I'd send them home for Remedial Logic 101.
It does NOT mean they are intentionally losing games for draft position.
After a team has been eliminated, or close to eliminated, a lot of things are in play. They often sell off higher-priced players in order to rebuild with draft picks. It often means you don't push stars like Nash if he were hurt or Taylor Hall last year, to return from injury prematurely. It also means they just might test out younger players in an opportunity to prove themselves. It might mean you have individual players that aren't that good that are psychologically giving up for no other reason than that's where they are mentally.
There's lots of reasons that this happens and many of them do not include "intentionally losing games to tank for draft status."
That's not to say it doesn't happen; I just have trouble with the constant "A = B" incorrect assumptions that go on here.
Personally, I think the big issue is the REPEAT high picks by teams. Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Tampa Bay (Lightning AND Rays)... I think in an effort to make the rules less complicated, if a team recieves a #1 pick, they cant have another top 3 pick for 2 years. If they get a #2-5 pick, they cant get another 2-5 pick for 2 years... or something like that thought process. Forget a complicated system to make the final draft order work out the way you want... make it so a team CANNOT get repeated top picks over and over.
Weak teams can rebuild with plenty of 1st round picks. They don't need Malkin and Fleurey and Crosby in consecutive years.