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.
— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) March 16, 2021
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.
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.