|Eric Staal (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.
The Carolina Hurricanes have had the same general manager for almost two decades in Jim Rutherford, making the team's draft picks. Here's how he has handled it.
Talk about some scoring potential here, and some different degrees of experience to boot. The face of the franchise, Staal, anchors a line with one of the best from the past (Cole) and presumable of the future in the 2011 Calder Trophy winner (Skinner).
Ladd is obviously the big name on this line and will have to contribute the scoring whereas Sutter is probably playing a line above where he's best suited and Dalpe has not shown much at all in the NHL yet with 4 goals and 3 assists in 31 career games.
Adams, taken all the way down in the 9th round back in 1996, comes back as the veteran with two youngsters. Boychuk and Bowman have similar offensive numbers in their careers (7-11=18 in 72 games for Boychuk, 8-8=16 in 69 games for Bowman) and will be needed to play solid in both ends. The depth -- at least proven -- isn't really there for the 'Canes.
Offensive Scratch: Mike Zigomanis
Zigomanis has gone a long way (the wrong way) since his career year in 2006-07 with the Coyotes when he had 14 goals. He spent the entirety with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL, scoring 19 goals with 42 assists. But in
This might well be a top pairing in the 2014 Olympics for the United States should the NHL go back to the Games. A lot of people forget that Johnson was taken by the 'Canes since he was traded to the Kings before he ever played in the NHL, but he went third overall to Carolina in 2005. Faulk? Well he's going to be really, really good according to Jim Rutherford.
McBain is yet another American defenseman the 'Canes picked and his career is off to a solid start as well. He had 8 goals and 19 assists last season, 7 and 23 two years ago for the Hurricanes. Wallin left the NHL before last season to back to Sweden to play so he is still active and his strong defensive presence would be welcome.
Defensive Scratch: Tyson Strachan
Strachan has been a bit of a career AHLer, appearing in just 89 career games, but he showed well for the Panthers last season, including in the playoffs. The big absense here, though, is Chris Pronger. Injuries are keeping him off this team after going second overall to the franchise in 1993. I'd accept replacing Strachan with the young Ryan Murphy.
Ward of course gets the nod, he has been one of the best players for the Hurricanes since the drafted him in the first round back in 2002. Giguere is a strong backup, a position he showed he's suited for this past season with the Avalanche. Giguere never played for the Hurricanes, only appearing in 8 games for the franchise while it was still in Hartford.