Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of a sand sculpture with the 2013 NHL Draft logo before the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals Draft Profile: Haydn Fleury

The Washington Capitals have the 13th overall pick in this years draft.  With the 13th overall pick, the Capitals the best option for them would be to draft a physical defenseman.

There is one on the board that would suit the Capitals quite well actually, Haydn Fleury.  Fleury is out of the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels.  During his  second season in the WHL, he came away with only 46 points.  Fleury is not set up to be that offensive defenseman, which at this point is good for the Capitals.

Fleury is a 6’3″ defenseman that plays a very physical game.  He is a guy that will look to be a a stay at home player.  The Capitals have some pretty good offensive defenseman currently on their roster with the likes of Mike Green and John Carlson.  Past Karl Alzner, they are limited on physical defenseman that will stay home and play the blueline.  Fleury also brings the ability to play the penalty kill and has excellent defensive skills.

At this point, Fleury is the best option for the Capitals and we may just see him in the near future, 2015-16 season.  He is a poised player that will be able to play minutes on end for the Capitals.  If Fleury is still around at 13 it is almost a no brainier at this point. Add depth and size for a currently decent defensive crew. Fleury is projected to be the next best defenseman after Ekbald, so a top ten spot for Fleury is also not out of the question.  After these two guys, the top end defensemen are almost non-existent as the first round goes.

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  • DashingDave314

    If Fleury’s there at 13, grab him. Huge fan of Barbashev and McCann, but if those 3 are all available at 13, I’d take Fleury every day. Fleury and Madison Bowey would be a sweet defensive pairing in about 3 years.

  • Hockeydude99

    If hes not there how about a trade that the new GM proposed. He said if after 1 year Ovie does not learn to play D and backcheck he will be traded. Well do in at the draft so that the limited trade clause does not kick in. Fla would be a great place to send him as they have they cap space to take him and they can supply us with D-men that we need. So maybe a package of Ovie, Green, Johansson and our #1 for their #1 and 2 this year and #1 next year and Olsen and Brown and Nielsen and McCoshen.

    • DashingDave314

      Where did MacLellan say that? Have a link?

      • Hockeydude99

        It was in the Post yesterday. They had 3 articles about the new GM, HC and one in general. IT seems that he wants to change the team and its environment quickly. One thing that he should do if he doesnt trade Ovie is take the “C” off his sweater and put it on a player who is about the team and plays both ways.

        • DashingDave314

          Yes, but that’s not the same as “going to trade Ovechkin”. Also, the coach can have players vote on who should be the captain, but for the coach/front office to outright strip someone of the captaincy without the input of the players would be a quick way to lose the locker room.