Drafted 146th Overall (5th Rd) of the 2004 Entry Draft by Edmonton.
2005-06: Helped the Peterborough Petes capture the 2006 OHL league title.
2006-07: Began the year in the AHL with Milwaukee but was reassigned to ECHL Stockton when Nashville needed the spot back that they’d loaned Edmonton. From Stockton he moved back to the AHL in Wilkes-Barre then saw emergency recall duty with the Oilers. Young returned to WBS for the playoffs.
2007-08: Outside of a brief 2-game stint with the Oilers, Young spent all of the season in the AHL with Springfield. First half of the year was unusually sub-par but Young rebounded after Christmas and was his normal dependable self.
Talent AnalysisA feisty competitor, Young was called the best open ice hitter in the OHL during his time with the Petes. The fact that he is defensively sound is helpful in overshadowing his lack of offensive upside.
A quiet character player, Young is about as accountable a prospect as you'll find. Never makes excuses and is honest almost to a fault. His hitting ability is hard to explain as his frame appears rather average but he can absolutely unload with the body. Solid muscle.
As a junior, Young was a willing combatant when the time came but as a pro, his penalty minutes are incredibly low considering the physical style he plays. He plays hard and mean but does not draw penalties doing it.
Young’s average season likely drops him down the Oilers’ depth chart with the growth of Peckham and the advancement of Chorney and Wild. He’s one of the few heavy hitters in the organization but Young is likely destined for a minor league career.