Haydn Fleury | D Red Deer | WHL
Height: 6’3” Weight: 198 Shoots: Left
Born: July 8, 1996

Career Statistics
2011-2012   GP: 4     G: 0   A: 0     P: 0     +/-: 1   PIM: 0
2012-2013   GP: 66   G: 4   A: 15   P: 19   +/-: 4   PIM: 21

Player Overview

Fleury projects as a shut down defender
who plays with an edge to his game
(Photo Credit: Edmonton Sun)
Haydn Fleury, no relation to former NHLer Theo, is one of the better defenseman available in the 2014 NHL Draft. Since breaking into the WHL as a 16 year old, Fleury has begun his ascent up the ranks, not out of nowhere though. Fleury was fortunate enough to call, 2012 7th overall pick, Mathew Dumba a mentor. Already physically mature, Fleury stands three inches taller and has roughly ten pounds on Dumba, yet, both were and are known for playing a physical brand of hockey.

Offensively, Fleury has shown solid progression over the past few seasons. And while it is not the strongest aspect of his game, he is more than capable. He can carry the puck on the rush and has the ability to dish it to teammates. He adds a good shot, but needs to work on getting the puck through on a bit more of a consistent basis. One report poses the potential solution of shortening his wind-up on the slap shot. Overall though, his ability with the puck makes him a strong two way option.

However, the part of his game that he is most known for is his defense. There are still things that the young defender can improve upon, however, he reads developing plays well and is able to handle them effectively. A great skater with good footwork, especially for a player of his size, Fleury uses that along with his good reach to improve his gap control. Poised, calm, and balanced, he has risen to elite status in the WHL, being their highest ranked draft eligible defenseman.

A shutdown guy with great speed, strength and an ability to contribute offensively is surely a valued commodity. He’s smart, limits taking unnecessary penalties and can log big time minutes against other teams top lines. A leader on the ice, Fleury will bring an edgy brand of hockey to whatever team selects him.