The Ducks acquired defenseman Haydn Fleury from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Jani Hakanpaa and a sixth-round selection in 2022.
Fleury, 24 (7/8/96), has recorded 5-19=24 points and 30 penalty minutes (PIM) in 167 career NHL games with Carolina. The 6-3, 208-pound defenseman has one goal and six PIM in 35 games with the Hurricanes this season. He has also appeared in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games, scoring two goals with a +5 rating.
"He's a young defenseman, big kid, skates very well, always has," said Ducks Executive Vice President & General Manager Bob Murray. "He's kind of been stuck in Carolina behind a real good, solid defense and hasn't been given a good opportunity. I think he needs the chance to have some consistency. This is a good opportunity for him and for us."
Selected by Carolina in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Fleury won a Calder Cup championship with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2019. He skated in 101 career AHL games with Charlotte from 2014-19, earning 11-28=39 points with a +18 rating and 40 PIM.
Fleury scored 30-104=134 points in 259 career WHL games with Red Deer from 2011-16, and was named to the 2016 Memorial Cup All-Star Team after scoring 1-4=5 points in four Memorial Cup games. A native of Carlyle, Saskatoon, Fleury represented Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship, recording an assist in five games.
Hakanpaa, 29 (3/31/92), appeared in all 42 games with Anaheim this season, collecting one assist and 31 PIM. In 47 career games with the Ducks, the 6-5, 218-pound defenseman registered 1-1=2 points, including his first career NHL goal Mar. 11 vs. St. Louis. A native of Kirkkonummi, Finland, Hakanpaa earned 25-56=81 points with a +76 rating in 298 career Finnish Elite League (Liiga) games with Karpat (2015-19) and Espoo (2011-13). He also helped lead Finland to a gold medal at the 2019 World Championship.