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Mike Maniscalco

Snap Shot: Canes first rounder Haydn Fleury

Posted June 28

Haydn Fleury

It might take a season before we can judge Haydn Fleury as an NHL player. The seventh overall selection will not be 18 until July 8, and he might not be on the NHL roster until 2015.

Looking at the makeup of the top teams in the NHL, the pick of the big defenseman made a lot of sense.

What to like about the Hurricanes pick:

First off is his size.

Fleury is almost 6-foot-3 and over 200 pounds, and still growing. The Hurricanes needed to add some bulk on the blue line and Fleury does that.

His skating and puck-moving ability have people thinking he will be closer to the NHL than having to toil away in junior and the AHL before he is ready to play. General Manager Ron Francis loved his hockey sense, and chief of amateur scouting Tony MacDonald raved about his maturity and character. That all leads to a player that does not panic with the puck.

This also leads to a look down the road, when the team could have a tremendous top defensive pair with Fleury and Justin Faulk.

The concern:

Fleury does not have a lot of offensive polish. While he is capable of putting up points, the early thought is he will not be a power-play contributor. Carolina also needs size up front, players that can put the puck in the net, forward depth in the organization, and the Canes passed on a few wingers that might have been more NHL ready than Fleury.

Overall, the Hurricanes need to solidify the defense, which is easier said than done in this league.

If you can grab a player that helps your team get better in its own end when that has been a consistent area of need, it is a pick the team has to make.

If Haydn Fleury turns into the player he has been compared to in Jay Bouwmeester, the Hurricanes will be happy.

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  • kheffn Jun 29, 9:19 p.m.

    I saw the interview with Fleury, and he has a lot of poise and maturity for his age. He has... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    I think the Canes have spent too much time, picks, and money on "offensive minded" defensemen. I don't care if he scores a goal all season if he matures into someone that makes people look up when they cross the blue line. The Canes haven't had that. If he gets any points along the way, that's gravy.

  • mittnfriends Jun 28, 8:16 p.m.

    Hey Winchester, just because your mentality is not strong enough to understand the game of... View More

    — Posted by n4dxa

    Maybe he doesn't like watching th*gs on ice?... Just my guess.

  • n4dxa Jun 28, 4:45 p.m.

    Hey Winchester, just because your mentality is not strong enough to understand the game of hockey, doesn't mean that is the case for all of us. Looks like you need to take a nap, a very looooong nap

  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Jun 28, 3:19 p.m.

    I saw the interview with Fleury, and he has a lot of poise and maturity for his age. He has good size, so I hope his defensive skills compensate for any lack of offensive fire power until he fully develops.

  • Winchester-.308 Jun 28, 1:47 p.m.

    Yawn

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