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Looking ahead to the 2019 Draft: Cameron York

The American has proven to be a pillar of the United States defense corps, as evidenced in the most recent World U18 Championship

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - With the 2019 NHL Draft approaching, here are some options which could be of interest to the Canadiens, who hold the 15th pick in the first round. Today: defenseman Cameron York.

Player profile

Date of birth: January 5, 2001
Birthplace: Anaheim, CA, USA
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Position: Defenseman
Midseason ranking, North American skaters: 12
Final ranking, North American skaters: 12

Stats

Season Team League Games played Goals Assists Points +/-
2018-19 USA WJC-18 7 4 7 11 +13
2018-19 USA USDP-18 63 14 51 65
2018-19 USA USHL 28 7 26 33 +40
2017-18 USA USHL 33 3 11 14 +13
2017-18 USA USDP-17 38 5 20 25 -
2017-18 USA USDP-18 21 3 10 13 -
2017-18 USA WHC-17 6 1 4 5 -
2017-18 USA WJC-18 7 0 6 6 +6

With an 11-point performance at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship, York finished as the tournament's top point-getter among defensemen. His plus-13 differential was also best among all skaters in the event. The rearguard helped the United States beat Canada for bronze.

The left-shooting 18-year-old was named to the U18 tournament All-Star team for a second straight year. He is highest-scoring defenseman in the history of the tournament with four goals for 17 points in 14 games, beating out the likes of Seth Jones, Ryan Suter, and Miro Heiskanen. His plus-19 differential over two tournaments is second in tournament history among both defensemen and forwards.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: .@usahockey's Jack Hughes broke a 1-1 tie with a terrific give-and-go with Cam York to tie Alex Ovechkin's all-time scoring record (31 points) at the #U18Worlds. pic.twitter.com/6sFd9CuwGv

York is also fourth in points among defensemen in the history of the American hockey development program with 82. The 2019 Draft hopeful has already committed to the University of Michigan for next season.

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Expert opinion

"With all the attention given to the NTDP U-18 forwards, the defensemen tend to get overlooked. But there are good prospects at the position and the 18-year-old (5-11, 175), a left-handed shot, has been the quarterback of a dominant team and has good offensive potential at the pro level." -Guillaume Lepage, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

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