With the 7th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Haydn Fleury, a defenseman out of the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League.
Haydn Fleury was considered to be the next best defenseman after Aaron Ekblad in the 2014 NHL Draft. The big, mobile defenseman flew up draft boards after having a remarkable season in 2013-2014 and being named the best defenseman in the U-18 World Junior Championships.
The 6’3, 203 pound defenseman finished the 2013-2104 season with 46 points in 70 games played with Red Deer. Haydn Fleury scored 8 goals and assisted on 38 others. He tallied 1 point in 7 games in the U-18 World Junior Championships.
Haydn Fleury is a reliable two-way defenseman that has the ability to be a force both on offense and defense. For his size, Haydn Fleury is also a fantastic skater.
Though he is thought of more as a long-term impact, Tony MacDonald, Carolina Hurricanes head scout, said on Friday that it may end up being very hard to send Haydn Fleury back to Juniors next season. Ron Francis said that Haydn Fleury would be at team conditioning camp and the Traverse City tournament with the Carolina Hurricanes, but that’d he probably be sent back down to Red Deer.
Haydn Fleury has top end potential, and this was a great pick for the Carolina Hurricanes. Haydn Fleury has potential to be a star in the National Hockey League very soon.
Draft Grade: A