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Montreal Canadiens

by | NHL Blogger
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PK Subban (AP)  
PK Subban (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.

Line 1: Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Mikhail Grabovski

Max Paciorretty was Montreal's second first-round pick back in 2007 (the other was Ryan McDonagh -- more on him in a minute) and had a breakout season in 2011 with a 33-goal performance. Mikhail Grabovski has turned into one of the NHL's most underrated two-way forwards since the Canadiens traded him to Toronto for Greg Pateryn and a second-round draft pick. Advantage: Toronto.

Line 2: Sergei Kostitsyn - Mike Ribeiro- Andrei Kostitsyn

One thing you'll notice with the Canadiens is that they've had a lot of really good players they've let get away for very little. Grabovski, McDonagh and now Mike Ribeiro, who was traded to Dallas back in 2006 for Janne Niinimaa who played 41 very forgettable games for the Canadiens.

Line 3: Chris Higgins - Saku Koivu - Maxim Lapierre

Saku Koivu has to be one of the most underappreciated Canadiens of all time. Not the player now that he was back in his prime with Montreal, but he would still fit in as a solid third-line center that can move the puck up the ice and provide 35-40 points.

Offensive Scratch: Guilllaume Latendresse

Defense Pairing 1: Ryan McDonagh - P.K. Subban

Let's just use this as another chance to remind you that the Montreal Canadiens traded Ryan McDonagh for Scott Gomez.

Defense Pairing 2: Andrei Markov - Mark Streit

Injuries have ruined Andrei Markov in recent years but the Canadiens are a different team when he's in the lineup, and when healthy he's an extremely productive player that quarterbacks their power play. Streit, a ninth-round pick by the Canadiens, had a few really good years in Montreal before signing as a free agent with the New York Islanders. He would probably get more attention for how good he is if he played on a better team.

Defensive scratch: Francois Beauchemin

Goaltenders: Carey Price - Tomas Vokoun

That's not a bad duo. Price is still Montreal's starter (and now has a huge contract) but Vokoun is an easy name to forget when it comes to Montreal, mainly because he only played one game for the team before he was selected by Nashville in the expansion draft. He's been one of the better goalies in the NHL over the past six years.

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