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Phoenix Coyotes

by | NHL Blogger

Teemu Selanne (AP)  
Teemu Selanne (AP)  
Imagine an NHL without free agency or trades, that once a player is drafted with a team he stays with that team for his entire career. What would the rosters look like? We at Eye on Hockey will take a look at the Home-Grown Teams of all 30 franchises -- three lines, two defensive pairs and two goaltenders. Three lines and two D pairs because this doesn't include undrafted free agents, only drafted players. We want to see who has drafted the best.

You'd think that a franchise that has had success on a shoestring budget would have done it mostly from within the system and building its own prospects. You'd think that, anyway.

Line 1: Teemu Selanne -- Danny Briere -- Shane Doan

Talk about a veteran line here. I would never doubt Selanne's abilities, the man defies aging it seems. Doan and Briere certainly are on the tail ends of their playing days, too, but each has some gas left. We'll get the most out of these guys while we can, and my hunch is there is still a productive season or two here. But to make this line happen, we'll flip Selanne off the right side to the left.

Line 2: Peter Mueller -- Kyle Turris -- Blake Wheeler

The question mark here, of course, is Mueller and his health. If he is healthy, though, this is not a terrificially productive line, but one that will certainly do some scoring. Wheeler is coming off a career year with 64 points for the Jets while Turris continued his growth with the Senators. Mueller's best year came in Phoenix as a rookie with 54 points.

Line 3: Daniel Winnik -- Martin Hanzal -- Mikkel Boedker

In Hanzal and Boedker we have two former first-round picks by the Coyotes, each of whom has stayed with the franchise. Winnik, though, was a ninth-round selection who has bounced around a bit, landing most recently in Anaheim. Together, though, it's a nice trio for a third line with a little punch. After all, Hanzal is so hot.

Offensive Scratch: Kevin Porter

I like to take centers for these spots (or a tough guy) as they have the versatility to play at any of the forward spots if needed. But if he is healthy he might sneak his way into the lineup.

Defensive Pairing 1: Keith Yandle -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson

These were certainly two defensive picks the Coyotes hit on. They are each capable of putting a lot of points up while being responsible in their end. They would be heavily relied upon based on the lack of support in the depth department here.

Defensive Pairing 2: Brandon Gormley -- Chris Summers

Combined we are talking about 21 career games in the NHL, all by Summers with the Coyotes in 2011-12. But in Gormley we're talking about a supreme prospect so we'll keep our fingers crossed he can find his game in a hurry in the NHL as a rookie.

Defensive Scratch: Michael Stone

He has even less experience in the NHL than Summers with 13 games in Phoenix -- all in 2011-12. Through the junior ranks and to a lesser degree last season in the AHL, he has shown some offensive capability.

Goaltending: Nikolai Khabibulin -- Roberth Esche

Now this is where we must admit that in a world where the Coyotes couldn't get help from outside, they would have paid this position more attention. Khabibulin as the No. 1 isn't a recipe for success, particularly when the backup Esche has spent the past four seasons playing overseas with below average numbers.

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