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Haydn Fleury is a Dark Horse Pick for the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Draft

The upcoming NHL Draft is going to be far from predictable. Forwards like Nick Ritchie, Jake Virtanen, Nikolaj Ehlers and Brandon Perlini will likely be available at the 7th pick in the first round, but another player that will likely be available is defenseman Haydn Fleury.

Defensemen like Ryan Murphy and Brett Bellemore have graduated from their “prospect” status. Now d-men like Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce, and Michal Jordan are among the best prospect defensemen in the Carolina Hurricanes’ system.

Outside of Aaron Ekblad, who will likely be gone after the first pick in the draft, Haydn Fleury is the best defenseman in the draft. While he may not be NHL ready next season, he is pretty close. He will likely make the jump to the NHL within two or three years of his draft year.

Haydn Fleury is a big, talented two-way defenseman out of the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. The 17-year-old defenseman has great defensive instincts, and his offense, in general, is well above average.

With his size, skill, and physicality, Haydn Fleury looks like a very solid NHL prospect. Haydn Fleury set career highs in goals, assists, points, games played, and many other categories this past season with the Rebels. He finished 17th in the WHL in points for defensemen.

Haydn Fleury’s leadership was recognized in the 2013-2014 season by the Rebels. He was an assistant captain for Red Deer in route to their 35-32-5 record.

Elias Lindholm was considered a “dark horse” candidate for the 5th pick in last years draft. Haydn Fleury could very well be this year’s dark horse candidate for the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round.

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