The Carolina Hurricanes have inked defenseman Haydn Fleury to a three-year, entry-level deal, per the team’s website.
Fleury, who was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, can earn $832,500 annually at the NHL level and got a $277,500 signing bonus.
“(Fleury) performed very well at our development camp and we are looking forward to seeing him in Traverse City and during training camp in Raleigh,” GM Ron Francis said.
He’s facing an uphill battle to make the team in 2014-15 as Carolina has six blueliners signed to one-way contracts, not including Ryan Murphy. At 6-foot-3, 207 pounds, Fleury wouldn’t look out of place in the NHL from a physical perspective, but defensemen can take longer to develop than forwards and Fleury only has two complete WHL seasons under his belt.
He had eight goals and 46 points in 70 games with the Red Deer Rebels in 2013-14.