07-08 must have been a tough season for Bryan Young. He was a healthy scratch several times during the first half of the season and lost playing time to less experienced players (like Sebastien Bisaillon) through the end of the calendar year.
He was called up in the first week of November (Matty Roy injury) but spent the rest of the season in Springfield. Through the end of January he couldn’t buy a break and was a team worst -14.
The Oilers as an organization stated that he was perhaps trying to do too much and not playing that solid defensive style that included physical play and secondary skills (shot blocking, strong along the boards).
Injuries and a turnaround in effectiveness saved Young’s season and in fact his plus minus numbers reflect perfectly how much he turned it around:
- October-December 31: -14
- January 1-end of season: +10
Let’s put his overall season in context with the rest of the Springfield defense (36+ games)
- Rick Berry +6
- Bryan Young -4
- Danny Syvret E
- Allan Rourke -6
- Theo Peckham -12
- TJ Kemp -19
The are plenty of D I didn’t include because they played fewer than 36 games. The Falcons had a revolving door blueline this season which probably helps explain their missing the playoffs (along with lack of experience everywhere).
The Falcons are currently -15EV as a team this season, so Young’s -4 is an indicator that he did indeed return to effectiveness in the second half and is likely back on track as a prospect. His bio reads that he’s a dependable, reliable blueliner and those guys often have a quiet rise to the majors but his lack of offense in the new era NHL could cost him.
FINAL GRADE: 73%