21-Year-Old Defenseman – Carolina Hurricanes
Haydn Fleury Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes in August of 2014.
Fleury sat out six of the last seven games in December as a healthy scratch.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After being selected seventh overall by the Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the 18-year-old Fleury was invited to the Canesí training camp in September. Despite a solid showing, he was returned to his junior team, WHL Red Deer, where he finished the season fourth in team scoring with 46 points in 70 games, and first in plus/minus with a plus-15 rating. Talent-wise, Fleury is a big body (6-foot-3, 207 pounds) who can play big minutes and control the game from his own end. He may never be an elite, puck-rushing defenseman who puts up big points, but Fleury is a very consistent defender who has all the skills to be a top shutdown defenseman at the NHL level. Itís just a matter of when -- not if -- he becomes a regular member of the Canesí lineup. Itís likely he will need at least one year of seasoning at AHL Charlotte before he makes the jump to the big leagues.
Fleury, selected by the Hurricanes with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is a big, strong, fast and smart defender who will likely become a top-four rudder on the Carolina blue line. Currently, his greatest asset is his world-class skating ability, and thatís why you may have heard comparisons to the likes of Jay Bouwmeester. Heís that good. But unlike JayBo, Fleury isnít afraid to make hits and use his body, too. Itís actually hard to predict his fantasy upside because heís still developing his offensive game and his confidence. But itís safe to say heíll be at least become a second-pairing, second power play-unit minute-muncher for a decade or more. And if he capitalizes on his extraordinary hockey sense, he could be a No. 2 guy. Thereís long-term fantasy value in that.