Vancouver Canucks sign goaltender Ty Young to entry-level contract
2 months ago
For the second time in as many days, the Vancouver Canucks have signed one of their prospects to an entry-level contract. On Sunday it was left shot defence prospect Sawyer Mynio, and today, it’s goaltender Ty Young.
“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,” said general manager Patrik Allvin, who made the announcement early Monday afternoon. “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.”
Now, quotes from the GM in press releases are typically pretty useless and cookie cutter, but what Allvin said here is actually really interesting (to me and all the other goalie nerds, at least.)
At 6’3, Ty Young fits the same bill as many of the young goaltenders we’ve seen the Canucks goalie department led by Ian Clark target. Tall, lanky, flexible, and downright athletic freaks of nature. With Arturs Silovs, Aku Koskenvuo, Nikita Tolopilo, and Young, all of these traits are present, and Clark — along with AHL goaltending coach Marko Torenius — have a very clear plan in place for each of these goaltenders.
Young’s crease movement and post integration abilities caught people’s attention at Canucks training camp last week, which is pretty crazy to say given where he was in those departments the first time he ever worked with Clark. Young is a very hard worker and admits that while he wasn’t the most technically sound goaltender in his draft year, his coachability shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Although his raw numbers behind a subpar Prince George Cougars team last season don’t look promising, Young did plenty to work on the things Clark first instilled in him at development and training camp back in 2022 after the Canucks drafted him. The growth in Young’s game is already noticeable, and as Allvin said in the release, if he keeps it going and continues to put in the work while following the plan Clark and Torenius have in place for him, it’ll be another successful year of development for 19-year-old Ty Young.
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