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Road to the NHL Draft: Haydn Fleury

By John Vogl

Haydn Fleury

Position: Defenseman

Junior team: Red Deer (WHL)

Born: Carlyle, Saskatchewan

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 202 pounds

2013-14 stats: 70 games, eight goals, 38 assists, 46 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 9 (North America)

Lowdown: Fleury grew up in a small town of about 1,400 where everyone knows each other, so of course he’s connected to the Carlyle’s greatest hockey export – Brendan Morrow. The St. Louis forward was Fleury’s babysitter, and Morrow recalls the kid walking around with a stick in his hand.

The early love of hockey paid off. Fleury is the second-ranked defenseman in the draft, trailing only potential first overall pick Aaron Ekblad. Fleury has quickly closed up any holes in his game. He’s a quick, agile skater who has smarts at both ends of the rink. He avoids silly penalties, which allows his coaches to use him in a shutdown role at all times of the game.

The Canadian was named top defenseman at the world under-18 tournament. This draft is thin on blue-liners with NHL talent, so Fleury won’t have to wait long to hear his name called.

They said it: “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.” – B.J. MacDonald, NHL Central Scouting.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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