The Carolina Hurricanes drafted Haydn Fleury No. 7 overall and grabbed the second defenseman in the 2014 NHL Draft.
From Red Deer of the WHL, the 6-2, 202-pound left-handed defenseman had 46 points on eight goals and 38 assists in 70 games while registering leading his team with a plus-15 rating.
Fleury was honored at the 2-14 Under-18 World Championships after playing a solid al-around game to lead Canada to the bronze medal and was named Best Defenseman.
“He’s got good, strong mobility, great vision and has a knack for making that first good outlet pass. He’s composed and calm with the puck and has an ability of knowing when to join the rush at the right moments.”
Defensemen typically take a little longer to season than forwards so the 17-year-old prospect could be a couple of seasons away from suiting up for the Hurricanes, but he has great size and mobility lending credence to the belief that if he fills out his body and adds strength he could be a potential top-two defenseman someday.
Even more valuable is that Fleury can quarterback a power play, but he can gamble a little too much and have a costly turnover at times, which is why he’ll need a couple years to develop his blue-line acumen.