Cam York, left defencemen
5″11′, 172lbs, USDP, Committed to Michigan University
Corey Pronman of TheAthletic.com (subscription required), not in top 25
Cam York is an American left shot defenceman who has been one of the driving forces on the United States development team this season. York is a two-way defenceman who has the ability to play both on the power play and the penalty kill. York played as a power play partner of Quinn Hughes in the 2017-18 season while playing with the development team for the United States.
He has a good fast stride and can skate backward with a smooth crossover step that is high-end for a defenceman of his age. He possesses a sneaky shot, too.
I wouldn’t say it’s the biggest bomb but it does not lack the ability to find the net, he often was able to get a shot on net from a one time pass on the power play and is also very confident when trying to avoid defenders with the man advantage.
The key for York is his size. At 5-foot-11, you would like to see elite speed to consider him a sure pick in the top 10. York is still one of the new age defenceman that we see being selected often in the first round. His first pass is crisp and strong and for the competition he currently plays against he is adequate defensively.
His biggest strength is likely his movement with the puck, whether that be carrying it up through the zone himself or making the first pass out of the zone he does know how to get the puck into the offensive side of the ice and that would be something Canucks fans would be pleased with.
He was formerly coached by Scott Niedermayer and has some chemistry with Quinn Hughes already, so it seems the Canucks could be very interested in York if the time is right in the draft.