With the seventh overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes selected defenseman Haydn Fleury out of Red Deer.
Fleury was ranked sixth overall in the final FanSided NHL Draft big board. He’s the most talented blueliners in this draft class, and I feel could become a Norris Trophy-caliber defenesman within the next 4-5 years.
He knows how, and when, to join the rush without getting himself into too much trouble. If he ever does get out of position, Fleury has the ability to get back before it hurts his team. He’s not going to blow you away offensively, but he will be a good one who has the potential to be a power-play quarterback when he makes it to the big leagues.
“He’s a very big, mobile defenseman,” Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said. “He’s got a lot of upside.”
He likely wont be in the NHL next season, but he will be given the opportunity to prove he’s ready for the major league.
If not, I fully expect Fleury to be a member of the Hurricanes roster in the 2015-16 season.
Final Grade: A
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