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Flyers prospect Cam York named Big Ten Defenseman of the Year

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Cam York is racking up the accolades. The Flyers prospect was named the Big Ten Defenseman of the Year on Tuesday. He was also named to the first-team All-Big Ten.

It’s been quite the year for York. He captained Team USA to the gold medal at the World Junior Championships and picked up this pair of individual honors as well. York had six points (one goal, five assists) and was a +4 in seven games en route to the gold medal.

York finished his sophomore season at Michigan with 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) –– to lead Big Ten defensemen ––, a +13 rating, and 32 blocked shots in 20 games. This followed up a freshman season in which York had 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and a +9 rating in 30 games. He stayed consistent with a shooting percentage of just above 8% each season.

Bobby Brink and Cam York help respective teams advance with two-point games

York had a goal and assist in Michigan’s Big Ten quarterfinal game over the weekend, but the Wolverines lost in the semifinals to Minnesota on Monday night. Their season may not be over, however, as Michigan could get an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Selection Sunday is coming up on the 21st.

Could Cam York join the Flyers this season?

The Flyers drafted York with their first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. The 14th overall pick could be ready to turn pro as soon as this season. It may not be a coincidence that the Flyers have a contract slot open. York has yet to sign his entry-level contract, but that could come as soon as Michigan’s season is officially over.

Given the Flyers’ need for some defensive help, York could provide a jolt to the blue line. He certainly won’t replace Matt Niskanen, but he could provide the same type of energy that Shayne Gostisbehere did in his rookie season.

Regardless of what happens with the Flyers this season, York had a tremendous sophomore season at Michigan. He is well on his way to becoming an NHL defenseman.

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Ryan is a proud graduate of Monmouth University. He has covered the Philadelphia Flyers for the better part of a decade at various outlets, including Sons of Penn and Broad Street Hockey. Ryan has also worked for NHL.com and NBC Sports Regional Networks. Whether it's a GIF, quick stat, analysis, or long-form column, he's got you covered.

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[…] suiting up for the orange and black, he played two seasons in the NCAA for the Michigan Wolverines, earning Big Ten Defenseman of the Year as a sophomore. The young defenseman also played a vital role as captain of the 2021 USA U20 World […]

[…] suiting up for the orange and black, he played two seasons in the NCAA for the Michigan Wolverines, earning Big Ten Defenseman of the Year as a sophomore. The young defenseman also played a vital role as captain of the 2021 USA U20 World […]

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