It has been a day where several NCAA players have signed their entry-level contracts. The Flyers have joined in on the action, announcing the signing of defenseman Cam York to a three-year, entry-level deal. Financial terms of the pact were not released but the contract will begin this season. GM Chuck Fletcher released the following statement about the move;
We are pleased with Cam’s development and believe he is ready to take the next step with our organization. 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 was Philadelphia’s first-round pick (14th overall) back in 2019 out of the U.S. National Development Team where he averaged more than a point a game which is quite impressive for a blueliner. While he wasn’t able to maintain that production in his two years at Michigan, he was still quite productive and notched 20 points (4-16-20) in just 24 games for the Wolverines this season which was enough to show Fletcher that he was ready to make the jump to the professional ranks.
As a result of the contract starting this season, York will be eligible to play for the Flyers down the stretch and into the playoffs if they’re able to get back into a top-four spot in the East Division. More likely, however, is that he gets his feet wet with AHL Lehigh Valley.
It has been a busy few days for players picked in the middle of the first round in that 2019 draft. All five selections from 12 through 16 played in college this season and have signed entry-level deals since Saturday. Joining York out of that group are Cole Caufield (Montreal) who signed Saturday, Matt Boldy (Minnesota) who signed yesterday, as well as Spencer Knight (Florida) and Alex Newhook (Colorado) who all inked their first deals earlier today.