Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced Thursday that the club has signed defenseman Haydn Fleury to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The deal will pay Haydn Fleury $832,500 per year at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level over the next three seasons. Fleury will receive a signing bonus of $277,500.
The Carolina Hurricanes drafted Haydn Fleury with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Ron Francis released a statement on the signing shortly after the announcement.
“We feel very strongly that Haydn is an important part of our team’s future,” said 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.”
Haydn Fleury is coming off his second full season in the Western Hockey League with the Red Deer Rebels. He tallied 46 points (8 goals, 38 assists) in 70 regular season games with Red Deer last season.
Fleury has scored 12 goals and has 53 assists over his 140-game WHL career. He has notched 2 assists in 10 WHL playoff games.
The Regina, Saskatchewan native was named the best defenseman in the 2014 IIHF U18 Tournament in Finland as team Canada on to win the silver medal.
After Haydn Fleury was drafted, Ron Francis said he would likely return to the WHL next season for another year of development with the Red Deer Rebels.
Tony MacDonald, Carolina Hurricanes Head Scout, said that he expects Fleury to make a strong push for the Carolina Hurricanes team next season.