NHL HomeGrown

By Brian Stubits and Adam Gretz

Patrick Marleau (AP)  
Patrick Marleau (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 Sharks have been a playoff team year in, year out for a long time now and like most good teams that's a sign of some good drafting through the years.

Line 1: Ray Whitney -- Logan Couture -- Milan Michalek

We're counting on Whitney to still have gas in the tank, and why not? He had 77 points last season in Phoenix. Couture and Michalek round out a really nice top line, particularly if Michalek can keep up the scoring touch he had last season in Ottawa.

Line 2: Patrick Marleau -- Joe Pavelski -- Devin Setoguchi

This line could go a lot of different ways. Marleau is still capable of doing damage while Setoguchi did it while with the Sharks. The rock, though, will be Pavelski. He certainly isn't the biggest center around but he is coming off a strong season and still seems to only be getting better.

Line 3: Mikael Samuelsson -- Marcel Goc -- Ryan Clowe

We have a veteran line here with some muscle in Clowe. Samuelsson and Goc worked well together last season while playing with the Panthers so adding Clowe to the mix should be an easy addition. This is a sneaky good line.

Offensive Scratch: Torrey Mitchell

There were a few options here, guys like Nick Bonino, Matt Bradley and Marco Sturm, but I'll take Mitchell. He can fit in at a lot of spots, most obviously center, and can contribute some in every way.

Defensive Pairing 1: Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Christian Ehrhoff

We have a complementary pair of defenseman here with Ehrhoff able to be the point producer and Vlasic the strong defenseman -- but he is capable of adding some offense to the mix.

Defensive Pairing 2: Brad Stuart -- Matt Carle

Stuart is now coming full circle and returning to the Sharks this season in real life while Carle just got a huge pay day from the Lightning. Stuart might have to handle a little more defensive responsibility, but this pairing has potential.

Defensive Scratch: Douglas Murray

A career-long member of the Sharks, Murray is the classic defenseman, much more of the shutdown guy. If the group above gets a little porous, he could be slotted in to fix the leak.

Goaltending: Miikka Kiprusoff -- Evgeni Nabokov

Kiprusoff has been a constant in Calgary for so long it's tough to remember he started in San Jose. He takes the starter spot hands down but maybe with the depth of Nabokov and Tomas Griess we can spell a bit more than he gets with the Flames as he played at least 70 games every season since the lockout.

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