Sep 26, 7:23 p.m.: CapFriendly has the breakdown of Young’s entry-level contract, which carries an $850K cap hit. Each season, the deal is paid out via a $775K base salary and a $75K signing bonus with an $82.5K minors salary in all three seasons.
Vancouver cut Young from their training camp roster and assigned him to juniors just minutes earlier on Monday afternoon. The 144th overall selection in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft will return to the WHL’s Prince George Cougars to play out the 2023-24 season, sliding the beginning of his ELC to the 2024-25 campaign.
The 19-year-old netminder hasn’t yet excelled at the major junior level, but he earned a selection in 2022 in large part because of his stellar performance a level lower with the AJHL’s Calgary Canucks. There, in 2021-22, he recorded a sparkling .921 save percentage on a bottom-feeder team with major defensive issues – evidenced by his 4-10-3 record and 3.44 goals-against average despite the strong save percentage.
His career stats with Prince George are quite middling. An .892 save percentage and one shutout through 60 games isn’t much to write home about, but the major junior ranks are notoriously fickle in providing clear evaluations for netminders, especially relying on solely counting stats. Vancouver is banking on Young’s 6-foot-3 frame and strong recovery ability to translate into success at the professional level, but they’ll have to wait another season to see how his game translates.
In a statement, GM Patrik Allvin echoed that sentiment:
Ty has made some improvements since we drafted him last year and we were pleased to see him play meaningful games in the WHL playoffs. He has good size and our goalie development team see a lot of potential in his game if he continues to put in the work and follow the plan we have put in place for him moving forward.
Young’s entry-level contract is likely to expire after the 2026-27 season, at which time he’ll be a restricted free agent.