The Philadelphia Flyers are making moves. They have signed defenseman Cam York to a three-year entry-level contract. The contract will begin this season, meaning that York could join the Flyers if they so desire. However, he’ll likely start his professional career in the AHL.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 31, 2021
The announcement comes from President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.
“We are pleased with Cam’s development and believe he is ready to take the next step with our organization,” said Fletcher. “He was one of the top collegiate defensemen at the University of Michigan and was instrumental in helping lead the United States to the gold medal at this year’s World Junior Championships.”
York, a 20-year-old defenseman, captained Team USA to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships this year.
He also recently finished his sophomore season at the University of Michigan. He had 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in 24 games for the Wolverines. York was named the Big 10 Defenseman of the Year for his efforts.
Here is what we had to say about Cam York just a few short weeks ago:
“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.”
Now, with his contract signed, York is one step closer to becoming that NHL defenseman.