Flyers Prospects off to quick Sophomore year starts
With both Cam York and Bobby Brink leaving their respective colleges for the World Junior Tournament, let’s take a look on their early starts to their sophomore campaigns.
York started off his sophomore campaign strong, assisting on a Thomas Bordeleau PPG. York came back in the second period and collected another assist from a Nick Granowicz goal.
York then capped off the night with a beautiful goal to put Michigan up 5-0 over Arizona State.
In total on the season York has 2G-3A-5P in 7GP. He’s been extremely poised with the puck in his own zone, using his elite skating ability to get out of high danger areas. The game just seems to slow down for him whenever the puck is on his stick. Whether it’s the simple pass to get it out of his zone or a chip play, he seems to make the play effortlessly. Yorks incredible hockey IQ allows him to make up in what he might lack in size. Clean breakouts, gap control, jumping up on the play and his playmaking ability is already NHL ready. Take a look at this ridiculous goal.
York did go through a 5 game stretch with no points, followed by Flyers fans coming out on the Twitter to raise their concern for the young defenseman lack in production. Have no worry, I promise. York has looked really really good ever since his season has started. He unfortunately didn’t get on the scoresheet in those five games but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t having good games.
There was a play York had that was so subtle but so good. Michigan is on the power play and Arizona tries to clear the puck out of the zone but instead get magic man York, who waits for the puck to go below the shoulders to avoid the high stick and keeps the puck in the zone. This kid is unreal on the backend of the power play.
Michigan is unfortunately losing a ton of high end skill to the 2021 World Junior Championship, including Cam York. He’s an absolute lock to make that team and should play a huge role this year.
Another Flyers prospect that will get an expanded role on Team USA this year after having a little success last tournament. Brink had 11G-13A-24P-28GP last season for Denver. He was named the Pioneers’ Barry Sharp Freshman of the year in April of 2020.
Denver is 0-3 this season with every game being a one goal game and one game going into OT. Brink though, has 0G-3A-3P in 3GP, starting right where he left off last season. I’m going to walk through every Brink assist so far.
Extremely nice patience and vision for his first point of the season. The quick shot originally from Brink gets blocked but he’s able to grab the puck and see the leaking Savoie wide open. Most players would’ve panicked and tried to get another shot off. Not Brink, elite vision. Doesn’t get easier than that.
This pass is ridiculous. Brink takes the puck along the boards and already knows what he’s doing with it. He threads the needle through three different defenders right on Brett Edwards’ stick for the eventual goal. Brink was more known as a shooter coming out of the draft. While he can shoot the puck really well I think the playmaking side to his game is extremely underrated.
This one is all Bobby Brink. We’ve talked about Yorks patience with the puck and how the game seems to settle down around him. Well, Brink is showing us he can do the exact same thing. Brink calls for the pass, sets up as if he’s about to blast it, gets the puck and waits for his teammate to get in position and put his stick down for the tap in goal.
As mentioned, both Bobby Brink and Cam York have left for the World Junior tournament set to be played at the Rogers Place in Edmonton. Both will be big contributors so if you have the time to watch some hockey, I recommend you definitely tune in.
Mandatory Credit : Denver Pioneers