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Tampa Bay Lightning D Haydn Fleury makes the most of his opportunity – “It’s not easy sitting out”

TAMPA - Haydn Fleury carries the weight of draft pedigree.

The 27-year-old defenseman was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft. Players drafted that high have expectations placed upon them, whether it's fair or unfairly placed.

Since entering the league, however, Fleury has been burdened with those expectations. As a rookie with Carolina, he appeared in 67 games with the Hurricanes. In the six seasons since, Fleury has never appeared in more than 47 games in a single season. From Carolina to Anaheim to being an expansion pick by the Seattle Kraken - where he had t...

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