Brett Flemming
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Brett Flemming

Hometown:

Regina Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-02-26

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (145th overall), 2009

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2006-07: Brett Flemming had 51 points in 67 games for the Burlington Eagles in midget hockey and was selected in the second round (23rd overall) of the 2007 OHL Priority Draft by Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.

2007-08: Flemming appeared in 47 games as a rookie for St. Michael's. He scored 1 goal with 9 assists and was a team-best +15 with 30 PIM. Fleming scored his first career goal in a 4-1 win over Barrie on March 15. He was scoreless with 6 PIM in the Majors' four-game playoff series loss to Niagara. Flemming played 14 games for the Burlington Cougars in the OPJHL and had 1 assist with 12 PIM.

2008-09: Flemming played 64 games and scored 3 goals with 25 assists in his second season with the Majors. He was +21 (second to team leader Cameron Gaunce's +28) with 89 PIM as St. Michaels finished second in the Central division. In 10 playoff games, he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +2 with 2 PIM as the Majors defeated Barrie in the first round before falling to Brampton.

2009-10: Flemming scored a power play goal and had 23 assists as well as finishing +22 with 90 PIM in 68 games for St. Michael's. In the playoffs, Flemming had two assists in a Game 3 win over Peterborough in the first round. He finished with 5 assists and was +5 with 10 PIM in 16 playoff games as the Majors defeated Peterborough and Ottawa before falling to Barrie in the conference finals.

2010-11: Flemming was a team-leading +60 in his fourth OHL season with Mississauga St. Michael's. Flemming scored 4 goals with 39 assists and had 79 PMs as the Majors had the OHL's best record and advanced to the playoff finals, losing to Owen Sound in a seven-game series. In 20 playoff games he scored 1 goal with 12 assists and was +7 with 28 PMs. He was named to the OHL Third All-Star Team. Flemming signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Washington in December 2010.

2011-12: Flemming split his first pro season between Capitals AHL affiliate Hershey and the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays. He opened the season with Hershey, playing in 21 games with the Bears before being sent to South Carolina at the end of December. Flemming scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was minus-three with 31 penalty minutes with the Bears. He was one of the Stingrays' top defenders; finishing plus-12 and scoring 2 goals with 10 assists and receiving 55 penalty minutes in 41 games. The Stingrays reached the second round after finishing fourth in the South Division. Flemming  scored 2 goals (both on the power play) with 3 assists and was minus-four with 8 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.

2012-13: Flemming skated in 11 AHL games for the Capitals' AHL affiliate in Hershey in his second pro season and played a key role for ECHL Reading in the Royals' run to a Kelly Cup championship. Flemming appeared in one game with the Bears in December, four contests in January and had a six-game stint with Hershey in March. He had 1 assist and was -4 with 2 penalty minutes. In 55 ECHL games he scored 2 goals with 13 assists and was +4 with 77 penalty minutes. Flemming skated in all 22 playoff games, leading Reading defensemen with 5 goals and had 7 assists; finishing +14 with 28 penalty minutes.

 

Talent Analysis

Flemming is a two-way defenseman with offensive elements to his game. Despite less than ideal size for a defender, he is willing to compete in tight spaces and will drop the gloves when necessary. He is sometimes out-muscled due to his light frame and is not a particularly punishing player. The strength of his game is his ability to recognize plays and distribute the puck to open teammates. He was used in a forward role at times during his junior career with mixed results. Flemming was one of the top plus/minus players with Mississauga St. Michael's during his junior career. Flemming makes strong passes out of his own zone and is capable of handling power-play duties from the point.

Future

Though Flemming is tall enough to be an effective defenseman, he still needs to add bulk and strength to compete with the bigger opponents in pro hockey. Flemming at this point has spent a lot of time toiling away in the ECHL. It’s uncertain wether or not he will ever surmount to an impact player of any worth at the AHL and beyond.

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