It’s his second tour of duty, as he was a member of the 06-07 edition of the Oilers defense. In both seasons his callup was not expected at the beginning of the year but was instead forced due to an unusual number of injured players farther up the depth chart.
Young is not a player whose stats reflect his play or value, so his AHL numbers (12gp, 0-1-1, and his -5 is the worst on the club) don’t really help explain the reasons behind his getting the call before prospects like Danny Syvret (10gp, 0-1-1, +4) or minor league veterans like Rick Berry or Allan Rourke.
Guy Flaming’s Oilers Top 20 doesn’t rank him among the 20 best players in the organization still considered prospects by Hockey’s Future (my June list is to the right of this post, I have him #20 and call him the “new Tom Reid” for the older guys who remember the North Star defender).
Young is young (21) and what we used to call a “stay-at-home” player. The fact that he got the call today probably means he is valued by the Oilers organization as a guy with a future in the role of steady, reliable and unspectacular NHL defender.