#3. York’s chance to prove himself to the Flyers
"“When you are young, they assume you know nothing,” – Taylor Swift, “Cardigan” (2020)"
Cam York really struggled to get regular games and regular minutes in years’ past for the Flyers, but this upcoming season will be his first true test. The former Michigan ace is expected to share duties with Sanheim as the team’s de-facto no. 1 defenseman. York’s NHL appearances have increased incrementally over the last three years, and he’s expected to make the full-time jump starting this week.
The 22-year-old’s underlying numbers at both ends of the ice have been excellent, which suggests the Flyers just have a different alchemy with his skillset in the mix. York didn’t look the best in his preseason appearance against the New Jersey Devils, but we’ll chalk that up to Philly rotating a ton of players and holding others out.
Tortorella assumed the young York knew nothing as per his various assignments to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but once the thrill of experiencing Ivan Provorov, Rasmus Ristolainen, and Tony DeAngelo expired, York was standing right in Torts’ front porch light. In 2023-24, the Anaheim, CA native will be embarking on his own Eras Tour – the era of being the Flyers’ top rearguard on an 82-game tour.