THW’s NHL Draft War Room Rankings: #7 (Feb 2014)
THW’s NHL Draft Rankings – The Next Ones Edition (aka Chris’s List): #8 (March 2014)
- Hashtag/Nickname: #MrD, #McFleury (available in Philadelphia at the 2014 NHL draft for a limited time only)
- Team: #4, Red Deer, WHL
- Position: Defense
- Shoots: Left
- Height: 6’3
- Weight: 198 lb.
- Born: Carlyle, SK, 8-Jul-96
- Twitter: @fleury96
6 – Bob MacKenzie, Jan-14
7 – NHL Combined – Mid-term, Jan-14
8 – ISS, Feb-14
9 – Craig Button, Jan-14
9 – Future Considerations, Feb-14
— The WHL (@TheWHL) January 15, 2014
NHL exec on Red Deer's Haydn Fleury: "It's hard to find defensemen like him: size, skating and (hockey) sense."
— Ryan Kennedy (@THNRyanKennedy) November 5, 2013
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) December 26, 2013
- Profile 1: Aaron Vickers at FutureConsiderations.ca
— Zenon Herasymiuk (@ZenonHerasymiuk) October 15, 2013
- Profile 2: Tom Zulewski at FlyersFaithful.com
- Zenon Herasymiuk, WHL Head Scout for Future Considerations:
“Fleury is a big two-way defenseman that has taken big strides forward in virtually every aspect of his game. His mix of athleticism and smarts have allowed him to contribute at both ends of the ice. Fleury plays big minutes in all situations and has a unique combination of tools which will make him a highly sought after player at the 2014 draft.”
Haydn Fleury has some real ability. Size, quick feet, great pace in possession. Has the tools.
— Sean Lafortune (@SeanLafortune) July 26, 2013
From the War Room
- Eldon MacDonald, THW: A few words on Haydn Fleury:
- Mobile – Excellent skater, joins the rush and delivers a good outlet pass. He is a mobile defenseman with the right size but should not be considered a high-end offensive defenseman although there is definite offensive upside.
- Shutdown guy – Seems to have the right mentality, size and skillset to be a shutdown defenseman in the NHL. Disciplined, calm, composed, does not take bad penalties, physical – Brent Sutter seems to be giving the hard assignments already.
- Soaring stock – This is a year with slim pickings for top end d-men; after Ekblad and Fleury there are not many blueliners of high-end size and mobility that could challenge for the first round. I can’t see him not making the top ten for this reason plus, of course, his obvious skill set.
About NHL Draft War Room Series
This series is compiled by Eldon MacDonald and edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)
Chris is THW’s senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for “The Next Ones” Prospect Profile series, exclusive rankings, mock drafts, as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphYQ on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com