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Haydn Fleury | Defenseman

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (18) / 7/8/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 203
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Haydn Fleury has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.
He will earn $832,500 per season at the NHL level or $70,000 in the AHL for each season. "We feel very strongly that Haydn is an important part of our team's future," said GM Ron Francis. "He performed very well at our development camp and we are looking forward to seeing him in Traverse City and during training camp in Raleigh." Fleury will either play with the big club or head back to his junior team, the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, for the 2014-15 season. He was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft. Aug 7 - 7:28 PM

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Haydn Fleury is trying to be reasonable about his expectations going into the 2014-15 campaign.

Carolina took Fleury with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "When you get drafted so high and you see top 10 picks make it the next year, that's kind of one of your goals in the summer," Fleury said. "I think at the same time I need to keep a level mind and realize not many 18-year-olds play in the NHL and it's a big step, especially on defense." Carolina has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts, not including Ryan Murphy, so it will definitely be challenging for Fleury to make the team's opening game roster.
Jul 24 - 9:31 AM

Haydn Fleury stood out in the first day of Carolina's prospects camp.

Fleury is participating in his first camp with the Hurricanes after being taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "He's smooth. Very poised, and good feet," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said of Fleury. "I thought he looked real good." Fleury will compete for a roster spot during training camp, but we wouldn't bet on him making the team.
Jul 21 - 8:33 PM

Management of the Carolina Hurricanes are preparing Haydn Fleury, their first-round pick at the NHL draft Friday, to St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, a veteran all-star.

But general manager Ron Francis said the Canes won’t rush Fleury. They’ll bring him in for the prospects conditioning camp in July, then have him compete in the Traverse City (Mich.) rookie tournament, and he could be invited to the Canes’ preseason training camp in the fall. Another option would be returning Fleury, who will be 18 in July, to Red Deer of the Western Hockey League for another year of junior hockey. Fleury was named the top defenseman in the 2014 World Under-18 Championship in Finland, a tournament Francis attended. That wasn’t the tipping point on the draft decision, Francis said, but it was a factor in the choice.
Jun 28 - 9:03 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have picked defenseman Haydn Fleury with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Forward Brenden Morrow was his babysitter as a three-year-old, and now Fleury will try to follow his lead. Fleury is a rangy, but strong defenseman who is a good skater with excellent defensive instincts. He is physical, especially along the walls, but he is also very disciplined. His skating ability helps as he’s not forced to take penalties to prevent scoring chances. Fleury’s angle work against opposing forwards has room to improve, and he could stand be more aggressive in taking the body. Though he led Red Deer defenseman with 46 points, he is not considered an impact player offensively. He picks his spots in joining the rush, and he needs to work on getting shots through and making the repeated crisp first pass out of the zone. Experience is all he needs to become a shutdown defenseman, and eventually a second-pair power-play contributor. He needs time to develop, but he gives the Hurricanes needed upside on the back end.
Jun 27 - 7:57 PM

Haydn Fleury is viewed as the "next best defenseman in the draft after [Aaron] Ekblad."

"He's not overly physical but he's a very good skater," said Tony MacDonald, who works as the director of amateur scouting for the Carolina Hurricanes. "He can go back and get the puck and make the good first pass, and he had 46 points. His offensive game is evolving. He was chosen the best defenseman in the Under-18 World Championship in Finland after a very strong tournament for Canada." The Canes probably won't take a defenseman with the seventh overall pick, but Fleury there's a good chance that Fleury will be available when they make their selection.
Jun 26 - 10:37 AM

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