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21 minutes ago, lightsout said:



Yeah, slipped my mind because I blacked out mentally since March. lol. I expect Fleury to move up to the 2nd pairing eventually with either Faulk or Hanifin pairing with TVR, just to balance that last pairing out. I don't think TVR with Fleury would be a good idea, just having seen Fleury play. But then again, I could be wrong.

Could you provide some Intel on Fleury. Literally no videos whatsoever on him as a Checker.

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46 minutes ago, MillionDollarCam said:

Could you provide some Intel on Fleury. Literally no videos whatsoever on him as a Checker.



Skates hard when he's out there. Not a "stand and watch" defenseman. Likes to move a lot in the offensive zone, always looking to stay open for passes either up the boards from the corners or fading in to the high slot for the one timer. Is disciplined though and picks his spots. Has a good shot and knows it, which is good. Will let a guy get by him, but is fast enough usually to make up for it. This is where I think he'll need to be with somebody who can manage a streaking forward alone for a few seconds while Fleury catches up.

Defensively, he's not a liability like Murphy is, but he isn't a physical presence as of yet. 6'3" frame and the programs say he's just over 200 lbs, but he looks closer to 190, IMO. But being young, he'll put on size quick and could easily get to that 210-215 mark without sacrificing his skating quickness. Very good in the corners fighting for pucks and his breakouts are crisp and decisive. Will turn it over with a heavy forecheck though. Again, young. His mistakes are few and far between, in the Checkers games I have been to, but they are usually pretty big "uh oh" moments. Gives up net front at times because again, he likes to move. He likes to go after pucks and pressure guys down low to get the puck out quickly. His biggest strength is probably his biggest detriment, you could say. Goal tending and strong center play compensated for these chances more often than not, and you could argue that it really wasn't a problem, but it is something to look at when considering how that could effect the Canes game-to-game, given our goaltending. He'll have to have a little more presence of mind and situational awareness at the NHL level, but with guys like Slavin, Pesce, and Faulk to learn from, he'll be just fine.


EDIT: Defensively, he's solid. Don't get me wrong there. Not afraid to be physical. But never saw him really run anybody in Charlotte. Got physical, but never overpowered anybody. He's going to be good for us, but he will be like Hanifin. Time and reps are going to make him great, but it will take time.

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The 2017-18 schedule was released yesterday. Either we don't have any nationally televised games this year or those have not been decided yet.

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1 hour ago, MillionDollarCam said:

The 2017-18 schedule was released yesterday. Either we don't have any nationally televised games this year or those have not been decided yet.



Those generally aren't set until August or so. No way of really telling the games that will be worth being nationally televised beyond the basic rivalries that are big draws anyway (Pens vs Caps, for example) until after all the roster moves get settled and coverage of practices and preseason games start giving everybody an idea of where teams are talent wise. I expect us to get at least a few NBC games, because our division has too many big draws for us to get completely shut out of national games.

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Not Canes related but some pretty big trades went down today.

Columbus Acquires: Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte, 2017 6th round pick

Chicago Acquires: Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg, 2018 5th round pick

The Coyotes made a couple big trades as well.

First-

Phoenix Acquires: Niklas Hjalmarsson

Chicago Acquires: Connor Murphey and Laurent Dauphin

Second-

Phoenix Acquires: Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta

New York Acquires: 7th overall pick in the 2017 Draft and Anthony DeAngelo.

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The funny thing to me is the fact that Arizona (sorry, been calling them Phoenix) was on Hjal's approved trade list as he had a partial no trade clause.

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The Hurricanes have selected Martin Necas from the Czech Republic.

Necas is a center with good size and is an elite skater. Reports also say he is a good play maker. Projected anywhere from 10 to 15, Necas slots right in at 12.

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Here are Necas highlights from World Juniors. Doesn't look like he excels in any particular area outside of skating but he works hard and doesn't make mistakes. I could see him projecting as a 3rd line center.

 

 

 

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Francis mentioned in the post-draft interview that they are still evaluating potential trades. 

He stated that they got their d-man, they got their goalie, and are look to add top six help.

This is just my projection but I see us with two open roster spots

Aho - Staal - Lindholm

??? - Rask - Teraveinen

Skinner - ??? - Stempniak

Nordstrom - Wallmark - McGinn

Di Guiseppe

Slavin - Pesce

Fleury - Faulk

Hanfin - Van Riemsdyk

Darling

Ward

The Canes can address that open left wing spot in a trade tomorrow and then add a third line center in free agency, potentially someone like Sam Gagner or Nick Bonino.

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