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2014 NHL Draft: Live from Philadelphia, Round 1

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes

LAST UPDATED: 12:15 a.m.

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PHILADELPHIA -- It's that time of year again: day one of the 2014 NHL Draft is here, and is live in Philadelphia to bring you everything. The Carolina Hurricanes hold the seventh overall pick in what may be an unpredictable first round.

Below, we'll keep a running blog of everything that happens from now until late in the night. On Saturday, look for another running blog, as we cover rounds 2-7 from Wells Fargo Center. This is where you will find all of your first round related updates, and you can also follow along on Twitter for all the latest up-to-the-second news. For those who are not on Twitter, a live stream of relevant tweets can be seen to the right.

Check back regularly throughout the day and night for new content, including various news items, videos, pictures, tweets and more from our crew here in Philadelphia. You can also follow @NHLCanes, @MSmithCanes, @ImAmberJaye and @MikeSundheim on Twitter for additional updates, and our Instagram account will have plenty of visual items as well.

As a primer for this tonight's first round, here is our entire draft profile series, which focuses on ten players we believe should be in the mix for the Canes’ seventh overall selection:
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Videos: Round 1
Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 12:15 a.m.

It's the wee hours of the morning here at Wells Fargo Center with round one of the 2014 NHL Draft in the books. Below, you'll find written coverage of the Canes' seventh-overall pick Haydn Fleury. In addition, here are a collection of videos for your enjoyment:
We'll be back here bright and early on Saturday morning to bring you rounds two through seven of the Draft. Good night!

Story: 'Absolutely Surreal' Experience for Fleury
Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 12:00 a.m.

Being drafted into the National Hockey League is unquestionably a memory of a lifetime.

Haydn Fleury got to experience that on Friday night, as he heard his name called out just seven picks in.


Story: Canes Nab Fleury in First Round
Friday, 06.27.2014 / 10:30 p.m.

Though the 2014 NHL Draft wasn’t as stacked as others with top-end defensive talent, there were two that caught scouts’ attention, and one was taken first overall.

The other was Haydn Fleury, selected seventh overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.

“I really don’t have many words to say,” Fleury said in his first media scrum as a member of the Canes. “It’s an unreal experience, and I’m very excited to be in Carolina.”


Notable Quotes: Fleury
Friday, 06.27.2014 / 9:00 p.m.

The Canes' first-round selection Haydn Fleury is currently going through the routine interview, photo and media availability process. Here are some notable quotes from his first media scrum as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.

On getting drafted: "It's an unreal experience, and I'm very excited to be in Carolina."

Noting that he shared the special moment with 20-some members of his family: "It's a pretty special day for my family."

On how he describes his style of play: "I consider myself a two-way defenseman who can play in all situations of the game. I can play on the power play, I can play on the penalty kill and play against other teams’ top lines."

On taking the stage with NHL greats: "It was absolutely surreal. Having Rod Brind’Amour call my name and Ron Francis being up there was unbelievable."

Plenty more to come. Stay tuned!

Canes Select Haydn Fleury with Seventh Pick
Friday, 06.27.2014 / 8:00 p.m.

With the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes select defenseman Haydn Fleury. Here is his draft profile, and we'll have much more as the night rolls on.

Haydn Fleury

Francis Takes His Seat
Friday, 06.27.2014 / 7:00 p.m.

Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis assumes his position at the head of the Canes' draft table for the first time.

We're minutes away from the start of the Draft!

Amber Jaye in Philadelphia
Friday, 06.27.2014 / 6:30 p.m.

Amber Jaye speaks with Flyers alumni about hosting the Draft in Philadelphia for the first time.

Live from the 2014 NHL Draft
Friday, 06.27.2014 / 6:00 p.m. is at Wells Fargo Center, perched up above the floor as we await the beginning of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Keep it locked here, as we will update you with any and all news as it comes through.

Before the First Round with Tony MacDonald
Friday, 06.27.2014 / 4:00 p.m. caught up with the Canes Director of Amateur Scouting Tony MacDonald on Friday afternoon in advance of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Stage is Set
Friday, 06.27.2014 / 2:15 p.m.

This was the scene on Thursday afternoon inside of Wells Fargo Center.

We're now just under five hours away from the start of the 2014 NHL Draft. Up next: an interview with Canes Director of Amateur Scouting Tony MacDonald.

Hello, Philadelphia
Friday, 06.27.2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Thursday was a beautiful day in the City of Brotherly Love. More of the same today. It's shaping up to be a fun and exciting weekend for all involved.

7, 1-7 Haydn Fleury (D), Carlyle, Saskatoon
37, 2-7
67, 3-7
96, 4-6 Traded Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh to Vancouver Canucks for Kellan Tochkin and 2014 fourth-round pick on Sept. 29, 2013
97, 4-7
127, 5-7
None: Traded Anthony Stewart, 2013 fourth-round pick and 2014 sixth-round pick to Los Angeles Kings for Kevin Westgarth on Jan. 13, 2013
187, 7-7

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