2010-11: Haydn Fleury appeared in three games with the Notre Dame Argos midget AAA team and skated for the Notre Dame Hounds bantam AAA team in Saskatchewan. The Regina native had one assist in three midget games. In 21 games for the Hounds he scored 7 goals with 19 assists and had 30 penalty minutes. Fleury was selected by Red Deer in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.
2011-12: Fleury made his WHL debut — appearing in four games with Red Deer — skating most of the year in Saskatchewan midget hockey with the Notre Dame Argos AAA team. He also played for Team Saskatchewan in the 2011 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. Fleury had no points more penalty minutes and was +1 with Red Deer. He scored 6 goals with 15 assists and had 60 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games for the Argos. In eight playoff games he scored 1 goal with 4 assists and had 8 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Fleury skated in 66 of 72 games for Red Deer in his first full WHL season and played for Canada Western in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. The third-leading scorer amongst Rebels’ defensemen, he scored 4 goals with 15 assists and was +4 with 21 penalty minutes. Red Deer finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Fleury had 2 assists and was +4 with 4 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.
2013-14: Fleury played for the gold medal-winning Canada U18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Red Deer for his second season and played for Canada in the 2014 U18 World Juniors. Named an assistant captain for the Rebels. he was the team’s third-leading scorer with 8 goals and 38 assists and was plus-15 with 46 penalty minutes. The Rebels missed the WHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Central Division. Fleury scored 1 goal and was an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and was an even plus/minus with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes at the WJC. Canada won a bronze medal at the tournament in Finland. Fleury was ranked ninth amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Carolina in the first round (seventh overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes in August 2014.
2014-15: Fleury made his pro debut with Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte following his fourth junior season with the Red Deer Rebels; scoring a goal in his only game with the Checkers and finishing -1 with no penalties. An assistant captain with Red Deer, he scored 6 goals with 22 assists and was +4 with 63 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games. The Rebels finished third in the Central Division, falling to Medicine Hat in a first-round playoff series. Fleury was -4 with 1 goal, 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He skated for the WHL All-Stars in the Subway Series against Russia in November, recording no points nor penalties and finishing with an even plus/minus in two games.
Fleury has already gotten bigger and stronger after a year of emphasizing those features in Red Deer. His offensive production was way down from his draft year numbers — a cause for some concern — but he has improved defensively since coming to Raleigh last summer. Fleury is a great skater for his size but not overly physical. He did not make Canada’s World Junior team last year, but should be a solid candidate to do so this season.
Unless he really stands out at training camp, Fleury is likely earmarked for another year in Red Deer, where the Rebels will play in the Memorial Cup as the tournament’s host team. The addition of Noah Hanifin reduces the urgency for Fleury to earn a spot in Carolina, so getting another year of junior development under his belt might be the best thing for the former first round pick.