In 2010, we talked about how the Chicago Blackhawks won a Stanley Cup with a true homegrown team. Well, they had 10 homegrown players on their roster. Last year's champion, the Boston Bruins had five.
So when I went to dig out the results for the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings, I didn't expect much. Because, since 2000, they've found NHL talent at a slightly above-average rate, and the value from each pick has been only average. In all, their drafting has been mediocre.
But the Kings have 13 homegrown players on this potential championship roster.
It's not like GM Dean Lombardi has forced the issue. They've traded pieces that are essential to homegrown teams -- like first-round picks and elite prospects. But they have done three key things that have allowed them to assemble a potential championship team while keeping much of their own talent.
1. The stars
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