Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Haydn Fleury poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the number seven overall pick to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Select Haydn Fleury in the 2014 NHL Draft

The Carolina Hurricanes have selected Haydn Fleury with the 7th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Haydn Fleury is a big, physical defenseman who shows a lot of offensive potential as well. Considered by most to be the second best defenseman in the draft behind Aaron Ekblad, Haydn Fleury show a lot of potential, and he could be a future franchise player in the NHL.

Being one of the netter body checker in the entire draft, Haydn Fleury is a very intimidating blueliner. The 6’3″, 201 pound defenseman also has the size to physically impose his will on the ice in many scenarios.

Haydn Fleury tallied 46 points in 70 games played with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League in the 2013-2014 season. He scored 8 goals and added 38 assists with Red Deer this pas season.

In 70 regular season games with Red Deer prior to 2013-2014, Haydn Fleury posted 19 points (4 goals, 15 assists). Four of the seventy games were played at the tail end of the 2011-2012 season, and he failed to score a point in those games.

Haydn Fleury is still just 17-years-old, so he will likely head back to the WHL and play another season with the Red Deer Rebels in 2014-2015.

Though Haydn Fleury is very close to breaking into the NHL, the Carolina Hurricanes shouldn’t rush the young defenseman to the NHL unless he is totally ready.

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