Cam York is among the cuts in the Flyers list in a confusing move by the team

Voorhees, NJ – At his season-ending press conference, just four days into the 57th losing season, with fans wondering if there was anything there to inspire hope, Chuck Fletcher raised Cam York.

“Cam York, to me, is a young man who will have a very bright future in this league, precisely because the attributes he brings are exactly what do we need,” The Director General of Pilots said on May 3.

With the boot camp starting two weeks ago, Fletcher noted the excitement around the Flyers youth.

“For me, that’s the main story of this camp – let’s see what we have, let’s see how good these kids are,” he said.

His new coach John Tortorella had decreed early on: “I will play the children, I will tell you now.”

York, a 21-year-old defensive man with a game that addresses some of the Flyers’ most visible problems, was sent to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.

“That’s the thing York and I have discussed through camp is that there’s a lot of God-given abilities that other players don’t have. We want to try to get to it. I don’t think we’ve come to it,” Tortorella said Wednesday. “That’s part of my responsibility. I don’t think we’ve reached the capabilities where he can help us now with our defensive core.

“For me, with Yorkie, it’s not the physical skills. I think it’s the mental skills. I think he learns, first of all, to be the man who will make a difference and then become the player who makes a difference.”

“Just remember guys, this is a guy who is playing a really important position in our game. That’s not bad. This is a team building process. We feel like he’s going to be a very important part of this team when we find our way. When we find our way, I have no idea. But it’s the right thing.” for Yorkie.”

Didn’t make it to the final cuts.

Pilots still have to make decisions. Their list is 34, including the injured playersafter cutting York, Tyson Foerster, Ole Lixell, Adam Jenning, Max Wellman, Louis Belpidio, Adam Karachik, Pat Nagel, Adam Brooks and JR Avon.

Willman, Belpedio, and Brooks must clear the concessions in order to report to the Phantoms. Avon is back at his little club Peterborough. The rest is set in the phantom.

York didn’t have a great camp but he didn’t have a bad camp either. He was fine, like many others on defense. He played five of the team’s six pre-season games and took big minutes. Block shots. He played 30 games with the Flyers last season. Then the California kid trained in Voorhees, New Jersey this summer at the team’s training facility.

The Flyers had the worst playing percentage of 12.6 in the NHL last season. York is considered a quarterback playing power. They have conceded a combined 3.56 goals per game – a tie for worst in the NHL – over the past two seasons. York is the guy who skillfully takes the disc out of the defensive zone to help you defend lower.

But he will not be in the opening squad for the 2022-23 season Oct 13 when the Flyers host the Devils.

“For me, I know it looks like a good pick and it’s a big deal, we’re sending him down. I don’t think so. I think it’s the right thing to do,” Tortorella said. “I think it’s very important that these decisions are made for the right reason, to help this organization win. We can’t talk about winning without doing things to win. For me, that’s a really small decision trying to find a way to win and a young man we expect to be a part of. From that winning team. For now, he’s going to do it there. We hope to see him soon.”

It was York Prompted by Tortorella and the club’s new coaching staff. This is good.

I have embraced it.

“You can’t have smooth skin,” York said Tuesday morning. “You have to accept what he says. Right now, you might feel frustrated and upset, but that’s for the best.

“Just continuing to build a relationship with him and the staff is going to be important.”

Pilots can push York. It must be paid. needs to be paid.

But why don’t you push it here? Let him play, let him help you, let him grow up by playing here. Tell the fans: Come see Cam York, our 2019 first round pick, A kid we loved on Cole Caufield and you’ll see why.

Anxiety is playing a lot with the confidence of a young child. You cannot overstate the importance of keeping a potential customer in a good state of mind, and keeping them on the same page.

Were there mixed messages with York? Should he play a safer and more stable game?

“I think the management and crew of Torts and I are looking for him to do this little play,” Lehigh Valley coach Ian Laperriere said on September 24. “He has this amazing ability to skate and he has a head that spins all the time. But at the NHL level, the play you see, is the best play. Sometimes these kids – not the only ones – are looking for better play. The plays are there. So I think the management and I are looking for him to play a little game, and to make that play most of the time, he’s going to make a good pass.”

Or does he push the envelope?

“I want him to take the reins, I think he has the potential to make more of a difference,” Tortorella said on Wednesday. “I want him to attack the game. Attacking the game isn’t a hit for him; it’s using his legs to get us out of the end zone. I think with some of his ability, he could be a hack for us. Just get the disc and go. I don’t want him to hit the disc away and get rid of the disc.”

“There are a lot of different aspects of the game that I think her focus is on, ‘I’m going to be the best player here, I’m going to be that player that’s going to make a difference here when the momentum has changed, it’s coming to us, I’m going the other way. These are all things I consider mental toughness.”

How did York receive the news?

“You have to ask him,” Tortorella said. “He was very calm with me. We were very honest with him in our assessment. He knows how we feel about him. These meetings, for me, were a positive meeting. Even though it was kinda bad for you. But I felt like we were all honest with him—” Being frank with him about the improvement we need from him, but frank with him about what we expect him to do. I think it’s important that he hangs his hat on that too.”

The Airmen have nine healthy defensive men remaining on their roster. There is a good chance that one or both of Ronnie Attard and Igor Zamula will join York in the Lehigh Valley, as Nick Sealer opened the season as pilot’s sixth and Kevin Connaughton seventh.

“I still think they’re going to need work and he’ll probably be in the palace,” Tortorella said of Attard and Zamola. “But if you think I send Attard today after what he did last night and fought Ross Johnston, you’re out of your mind.

“That’s kind of what I’m talking about, it’s the level of care, it’s the design of the match. Yorkie, as I think he’s feeling his way, As Attard had a great camp, I still think he needs work, I think we’ll probably see some time at the Palace, But the high marks last night stand there.

“These are things that are important to me in watching the players. It’s not always what you see in terms of skill, goals, passes and all that. It’s those intangible things.”

A major task of Tortorella’s job of trying to overturn the Flyers is to instill accountability. The club needed his demanding style from day one and he is definitely getting it.

“Nothing is free,” he said. “No matter how much you earn, who you are, draft pick, prestige, whatever that might be — it doesn’t matter. I think we have to go down the road as far as who’s supposed to be here, who got their place here here.”

“There are probably no locks in the half of the squad here as far as I’m concerned. So it could be very smooth with us and the minor league team.”

For now, the Flyers start the season without York. To see what they have in one of their best kids, they’ll have to take a trip to Allentown.

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