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2 hours ago, N7Nucks said:

Wonder if Canes fans hate him as much as Canucks' fans hate Jake. With that said 14 points in 45 games ain't too shabby. Solid deal. Will be interesting to see if he can still reach that top 4 potential. 

They don't 'hate' him, but many have given up the idea that Fleury will be anything more than a bottom 6 defenceman. Some people like him because he's basically like a Biega/Stecher; a heart and soul type player. But man, the pick is dreadful for a high first rounder. Canes fans would certainly LOVE to take Virt in a heartbeat.

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2 hours ago, N7Nucks said:

Wonder if Canes fans hate him as much as Canucks' fans hate Jake. With that said 14 points in 45 games ain't too shabby. Solid deal. Will be interesting to see if he can still reach that top 4 potential. 

Both are underwhelming picks for having been made in top 10.  

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4 hours ago, Dazzle said:

They don't 'hate' him, but many have given up the idea that Fleury will be anything more than a bottom 6 defenceman. Some people like him because he's basically like a Biega/Stecher; a heart and soul type player. But man, the pick is dreadful for a high first rounder. Canes fans would certainly LOVE to take Virt in a heartbeat.

 

During the post-season, Hurricanes' broadcasters could not stop talking of how solid and reliable Fleury is becoming after initial struggles. He brings a physical presence that they need.  They sounded very happy with how he was finally playing.

 

He was drafted the same year as Virtanen - both have room to grow still.  

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The kid's 24, plays with heart and physicality. He's still got plenty of room to grow, I think give him a couple of years and he'll earn a big contract. If he can put up 30-40 points and play defensively the way he is now, he'll be a success in my books. 

 

People expect too much from high defensive picks, they're always a gamble. We won with Hughes, Juolevi is still undecided but Fleury is in between.

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