Barrie Colts 2019 Draft Prospect: Jack York #OHL #NHLDraft

Jack York was ranked 213th among North American skaters by Central Scouting for the 2019 NHL Draft. York was born on September 17th, 2000; therefore, he is one of the oldest skaters amongst first-time eligible players, since this is the 2001/2000+ born draft. York plays defence and shoots right, measuring in at 6-feet tall and 194 pounds.

York was drafted in the fifth round (98th overall) in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection by the Kitchener Rangers. He was acquired by the Barrie Colts from the Kitchener Rangers in a three-team deal that saw former captain Justin Murray end up Saginaw. Jack’s hometown is Ottawa ON, and he played his minor hockey with the Ottawa Jr. Senators and the Kemptville 73’s. In 2016-17, he was named to the CCHL All-Rookie Team while playing for the Kemptville 73’s. In 118 career OHL games (split between Barrie and Kitchener), York has recorded 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points with a minus-7 rating. He doesn’t take a lot of penalties with 42 PIMs in total and plays a disciplined but aggressive style of defence.

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Jack York comes from impressive hockey pedigree as his father is Jason York. Jason York is a former NHL defenceman with 757 NHL regular season games and 34 playoff games. He played for the Red Wings, Mighty Ducks, Senators, Preds, and Bruins amassing 42 goals and 187 assists for 229 career regular season points (nine in the playoffs) with low PIMs at 229 in the regular season (25 in the playoffs). Jason was a solid all-round defenceman that skated well, similar to the current style of his son Jack.

Jack York is a rearguard with a fantastic shot that fired it often during the 2018-19 season. He hits one-timers with precision and gained confidence in wiring it on the power play. He hit some crossbars/posts on some stunning shots and buried a few nice ones displaying a sneaky release on his wrist shot. The deceptive release point combined with his excellent shooting accuracy led to some highlight reel goals. Below are examples of his shooting skills in action.

York is excellent at running the point on the power play and distributes the puck well. He makes timely decision and delivers the puck very efficiently. Jack is an intelligent player that does well in even strength and power play situations. His playmaking skills and ability to score directly off the shot make him an offensive threat. York's skating is solid, and he moves well transitioning between zones. He depends on his east-west movement and backwards skating ability to stay on the right side of the puck and in decent position. His mobility could be a bit better, but his skating is generally strong. He prefers to gain leverage on his opponents with solid positioning and defensive awareness. Continued improvement on his acceleration would help him be even more consistent in this regard.

It’s about 50/50 on whether York gets drafted. It appears to me that he is on the bubble and it could go either way. I’m sure NHL teams would have liked to see him perform a bit more consistently and minus-16 isn’t a fantastic stat line for his draft year. However, there is plenty to like about his game and he is a legitimate pro prospect. If he doesn’t get picked, he will be on the short list of many NHL teams to keep tabs on.

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