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CAROLINA HURRICANES GRAB DEFENSEMAN HAYDN FLEURY WITH NO. 7 PICK
The Carolina Hurricanes have picked Canadian defenseman Haydn Fleury (6-2, 203) with the No. 7 overall pick in Friday night's NHL Draft. ...Aaron Ekblad (6-3, 213), 18, was the No. 1 overall pick by the Florida Panthers ...
The NHL’s Central Scouting Service ranks Fleury, 17, ninth among North American skaters and second among defensemen.
“He probably epitomizes the so-called safe pick,” said Tony MacDonald, the Canes lead amateur scout. “He’s probably going to play for you for 10-12 years and give you great service. He’s a very reliable, solid guy.”
The 2013-14 season marked Fleury’s second full season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. As an alternate captain, he paced team defensemen in scoring with 46 points (8g, 38a) in 70 games. That output was more than double the 19 points (4g, 15a) he recorded in 66 games as a rookie, which was still good for third-best among team defensemen.
“He skates very, very well and moves the puck well,” MacDonald said.
Additionally, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound defenseman finished at a team-high plus-15 on a Red Deer squad that had a minus-10 goal differential and failed to qualify for the postseason.
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