The Carolina Hurricanes have picked defenseman Haydn Fleury with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Forward Brenden Morrow was his babysitter as a three-year-old, and now Fleury will try to follow his lead. Fleury is a rangy, but strong defenseman who is a good skater with excellent defensive instincts. He is physical, especially along the walls, but he is also very disciplined. His skating ability helps as he’s not forced to take penalties to prevent scoring chances. Fleury’s angle work against opposing forwards has room to improve, and he could stand be more aggressive in taking the body. Though he led Red Deer defenseman with 46 points, he is not considered an impact player offensively. He picks his spots in joining the rush, and he needs to work on getting shots through and making the repeated crisp first pass out of the zone. Experience is all he needs to become a shutdown defenseman, and eventually a second-pair power-play contributor. He needs time to develop, but he gives the Hurricanes needed upside on the back end.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 07:57:00 PM