Philadelphia Flyers

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Jeff Carter (AP)  
Jeff Carter (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: Jeff Carter -- Mike Richards -- Patrick Sharp

Few teams have drafted as many quality forwards in recent years as the Flyers. They also like to trade a lot of them, including this impressive trio above. If you don't remember Patrick Sharp's time in Philadelphia, you're forgiven because he only played 65 games with the team before being traded to Chicago for Matt Ellison and a third-round pick back in 2005. Fortunately they were able to get a lot more in return for Carter (Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek) and Richards (Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn).

Line 2: James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Justin Williams

Another outstanding trio. Claude Giroux is now the face of the franchise and the Flyers best player. You could probably make this your top line, or at least put Giroux on the top line, but I wanted to keep Richards and Carter together.

Line 3: Simon Gagne -- Sean Couturier -- Dainius Zubrus

I'm probably cheating in some way by including Sean Couturier because the only reason they had the draft pick to select him was by trading Jeff Carter, but I'm going to include him anyway.

Defense pairing 1: Dennis Seidenberg -- Joni Pitkanen

I don't know that Joni Pitkanen ever lived up to the hype that surrounded him when the Flyers picked him fourth overall back in 2002, but he's been a solid player throughout his career. Dennis Seidenberg has always been one of the more underrated defenseman in the league.

Defense pairing 2: Luca Sbisa -- Marc-Andre Bourdon

A young pairing with some upside, but the Flyers clearly haven't had the same success on the blue line that they've had when it comes to drafting and developing forwards. Though, Luca Sbisa was one of the key parts of the trade that resulted in them landing Chris Pronger a few years back.

Defensive scratch: Jeff Woywitka

Goaltenders: Brian Boucher - Johan Hedberg

It wouldn't be a Flyers team if we didn't look at the goaltending situation and scream in terror.

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