NHL HomeGrown

By Brian Stubits and Adam Gretz
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Shea Weber (AP)  
Shea Weber (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: Scott Hartnell-David Legwand-Martin Erat

I wouldn't expect Scott Hartnell to repeat what he did this past for the Flyers, but he's still a good top-line player that can give you 25 goals and pester the guy lined up across from him. David Legwand may not have turned out to be the superstar you would like to see with a No. 2 overall pick, but the original Predator has put together a solid career for himself in Nashville.

Line 2: Patric Hornqvist-Colin Wilson-Scott Upshall

Based on what he's done early in his career Colin Wilson looks like he's ready to take on a bigger role in Nashville (and probably already should have by now). The Predators have never really developed a top shelf offensive player (unless you want to count Alexander Radulov, and had he remained in the NHL he would have been included on this roster), but they've produced a lot of really good, solid players that give them a balanced scoring attack (I think people forget they were 8th in the NHL in goals scored this past season) -- Patric Hornqvist is one of those players.

Line 3: Jordin Tootoo-Craig Smith-Gabriel Bourque

A team with Scott Hartnell and Jordin Tootoo would have to be one of the most frustrating teams in the NHL to play against.

Offensive scratch: Nick Spaling

Defensive Pairing 1: Shea Weber-Ryan Suter

Hey, this looks familiar. This of course was the foundation of the Nashville defense for a number of years until this offseason when Suter left for Minnesota in free agency. The Predators also nearly lost Weber when the Flyers signed him to a massive offer sheet. Nashville matched the offer and managed to retain its best player.

Defensive Pairing 2: Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Klein

Two years before they drafted Suter and Weber, the Predators used their first-round pick in 2001 on Dan Hamhuis, and he went on to give them six strong years before moving on to Vancouver. I still think that if he had been healthy during the 2010-11 playoffs he may have made enough of a difference to get the Canucks their first Stanley Cup.

Defensive scratch: Ryan Ellis

Goaltenders: Pekka Rinne - Anders Lindback

Rinne is one of the best of the NHL and one of the biggest reasons for Nashville's success this past season. He's signed to a huge contract for the next seven years. Anders Lindback was a very solid backup for a couple of years but will now get an opportunity to be the No. 1 guy in Tampa Bay following a trade this summer.

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