Gus Young
Image: Yale

Gus Young


Dedham Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:









7th round (184th overall), 2009


190 lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream

2008-09: Gus Young scored 5 goals with 29 assists in 29 games for Massachusetts’ Nobles and Greenough School and was named to the All Independent School League team. Ranked 136th in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he was selected by Colorado in the seventh round (184th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He committed to playing college hockey at Yale in 2010-11.

2009-10: Young was a team captain for Nobles and Greenough as a senior as the team won the Independent School League championship and reached the semifinals of the New England Prep School tournament. He lead prep school defensemen in scoring with 12 goals and 26 assists in 28 games.

2010-11: Young saw limited ice time as a freshman at Yale on a Bulldogs team that featured three senior defensemen. In five games he had one assist and was +4 with 6 PMs. Yale finished second in the ECAC Hockey League regular season but dominated in the conference tournament, winning its last three games by a combined 14-0. The Bulldogs lost to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA East Regional final.

2011-12: Young stepped into a full-time role for Yale as a sophomore. Skating in all 35 games for the Bulldogs, he scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was plus-four. His 36 penalty minutes were the most amongst Yale defensemen. Yale slipped to sixth in ECAC Hockey, after finishing second and  winning the league tournament the previous season, and lost to Harvard in the ECAC quarterfinals.

2012-13: Gus Young skated on the top defense pairing for NCAA national champion Yale as a junior. Partnered with freshman Rob O’Gara, a Bruins prospect, Young scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was -4 with 58 penalty minutes in 37 games for the Bulldogs. Yale finished third in ECAC Hockey in the regular season. The Bulldogs lost back-to-back games in the ECAC semifinal and third place games but then rolled through four straight games after receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, winning two in overtime, to capture the national title. Yale shutout Quinnipiac, 4-0, in the Frozen Four championship game.


Talent Analysis

Young is decent skater with good vision and puck-moving skills. A productive offensive defenseman at the high school level, Young has yet to show the same confidence playing against superior competition in the NCAA.



Young is currently in his last year of college hockey and helped lead Yale hockey to their first national championship last year. He is strictly a shutdown defenseman and his presence will be welcome in Lake Erie next year.


Nathan MacKinnon’s impact in NHL heads the Colorado Avalanche’s storylines for 2013-14 season

by Chau Vo

Chris Bigras - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Defenseman Chris Bigras made a good first impression in camp with the Avalanche before he was assigned to the Owen Sound Attack (courtesy of Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

All eyes will be on Nathan MacKinnon on October 2nd as he will make the Colorado Avalanche’s opening night roster as the third line pivot. The 18-year-old rookie has big expectations coming in as the first overall pick but is in an excellent situation to excel as he will have the opportunity to learn from some of the league’s best centermen, including rising star Matt Duchene.

Read more»

Goaltending anchors Colorado Avalanche Top 20 prospects ranking

by Chau Vo

Nathan MacKinnon - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: First overall pick Nathan MacKinnon debuts as the Colorado Avalanche’s top prospect (courtesy of Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

First overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon may be getting all of the attention in Denver these days but Winnipeg native Calvin Pickard is silently working hard in the background and is looked to as the future of Avalanche goaltending.

Read more»

Small group of Colorado Avalanche prospects playing in NCAA and Europe

by Blake Benzel

Gus Young - Yale Bulldogs

Photo: Junior defenseman Gus Young stepped into a shutdown role in a breakout season for the National Champion Yale Bulldogs (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

It would be easy to overlook the prospects that the Colorado Avalanche have developing in the NCAA and Europe, simply because none are flashy prospects. All were drafted after the third round and none are even the superstars on their own teams. To overlook these four prospects, however, would be a huge mistake as all of them look to be making strides that will, ultimately, find them playing in the pro ranks soon.

Read more»

2013 Frozen Four: Yale dominates HF’s All-Frozen Four squad

by Ian Altenbaugh

2013 Hockey's Future All-Frozen Four Team

Photo: Quinnipiac's Jordan Samuels-Thomas (C) had this first period opportunity in the national championship game, but Yale goaltender Jeff Malcolm (L) was equal to the task as defenseman Mitch Witek (R) looks on. All three players were named to HF's All-Frozen Four Team (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The 2013 Frozen Four featured many spectacular individual performances, with several players achieving career milestones. Below is the Hockey’s Future All-Frozen Four Team. All six players were selected based not only on their individual play, but on how their play contributed to their team’s success.

Read more»

2013 Frozen Four: Young concentrating on defensive play at Yale

by DJ Powers

2013 NCAA Frozen Four

Article: Yale defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Gus Young and his Bulldogs teammates will face-off against UMass Lowell in the early semi-final game at the 2013 Frozen Four.

Junior defenseman Gus Young (COL) has blossomed into a tough and effective defensive defenseman for the Yale Bulldogs this season. He has played in all 35 games for that school, posting eight points (two goals, six assists) to date. Young is one of just three Colorado Avalanche prospects playing in the NCAA this season.

Read more»