Carolina Hurricanes: Three Potential Targets for Seattle Expansion Draft

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 25: General view of the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena on February 25, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 25: General view of the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena on February 25, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Feb 29, 2020; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Haydn Fleury (4) plays the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 29, 2020; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Haydn Fleury (4) plays the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Haydn Fleury

Haydn Fleury, the typically happy-go-lucky goofball that has recently made leaps and bounds of progress in the defensive end after adding a healthy dose of ‘snarl’ to his game, should be very high on the list of players Ron Francis is looking at taking from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Fleury, drafted 7th Overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by Ron Francis himself, was on a trajectory to be a bust just two or so short years ago. That is no longer the case, as Fleury has gone from a 7th D at best to a Top 4 defenseman in the course of 75% of a season.

Fleury is now one of the Carolina Hurricanes’ best young defenseman and could see even more improvement as he gains more and more trust from Canes’ bench boss Rod Brind’amour.

Francis knows exactly what kind of player Haydn Fleury is, and exactly how he’d fit into his plans for the Kraken going forward. On an expansion roster like we’re sure to see, Fleury could easily fit right into the top defensive pairing, and I’m sure he’d do more than excel in the role.

Having Fleury snatched from the organization just as he has seemingly found a groove and hit his stride would surely cause the Carolina Hurricanes’ fanbase to collectively groan, but I believe this next player would prove to be even more of a pain to lose, especially in the coming years.