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NHL HomeGrown

By Brian Stubits and Adam Gretz
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Joe Thornton (AP)  
Joe Thornton (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: Milan Lucic - Joe Thornton - Phil Kessel

What a line. Actually, Boston might have one of the deeper group of forwards of any team in the NHL during this series, and this one is no joke. Joe Thornton spent parts of eight seasons in Boston to start his career after being the No. 1 overall pick in 1997 before being traded to San Jose midway through the 2005-06 season.

Line 2: Tyler Seguin - Patrice Bergeron - Kris Versteeg

When Patrice Bergeron is your No. 2 center you probably have a pretty good team. Don’t remember Kris Versteeg’s days as a Bruin? That’s because he never actually played for them. The Bruins traded him to Chicago before he made his NHL debut. The return: Brandon Bochenski. Ouch.

Line 3: Brad Marchand - David Krejci - Jordan Caron

This is about as good a third line as you’re going to find and probably wouldn’t be a bad second line.

Offensive scratch: Vladimir Sobotka

Defense pairing 1: Marc Stuart - Milan Jurcina It’s a good thing the forwards are great because the defense (and goaltending, as you’ll see in a minute) isn’t. All of Boston’s top defensemen now have been acquired from outside the organization.

Defense pairing 2: Andrew Alberts - Matt Hunwick

Seriously. This was the best we could do for a second pairing on defense.

Defensive scratch: Shaonne Morrison

Goaltenders: Andrew Raycroft - Hannu Toivenen

Not exactly Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask, is it? Though, in fairness Raycroft was the player that was traded to Toronto so the Bruins could get Rask.

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