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02-10-2012, 09:44 PM
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Jason York, D

York is another Bill Houlder type. Who's better? Tough call.

Both guys took a while to become solid, respected NHLers. York played just 34 NHL games in the 1992-1995 seasons, averaging just 14.79 minutes a game, while playing 205 in the minors. Like Houlder, he blossomed late and benefitted from the increasing number of jobs in the NHL. He spent one year in Anaheim as their #2 and barely missed the playoffs, then blossomed in Ottawa, the stop in his career for which he should be best known.

With Ottawa, York contributed to five straight playoff teams, that earned 77, 83, 103, 95, and 109 points, although they disappointed in the playoffs, particularly the last three years. York was the #3 defenseman on those first two squads, and the #2 on the last three. Strangely, York's was never a name you heard, but he was on the ice over the course of those five seasons more than anyone else, as Ottawa transitioned from perrennial doormat, to disappointing contender.

York finished as a #4 in Anaheim in 2002, a #3 in nashville in 200 (getting half a minute more than Houlder), and then a #3 in Nashville as the club celebrated its first playoff berth.

Career TOI finishes: 2, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 4, 3, 3.

In 90 fewer games than Houlder, he averaged just slightly more minutes per game (21.41) and for slightly better teams on average (1% above average). Unlike Houlder, who did it four times, York was never a #1 NHL defenseman. And unlike Houlder, York didn't have that same effect on his team's goal differential when on the ice. Both of the last two points could entirely be the result of being on better teams (but the margin in team strength was just 5%). Houlder can't say he contributed to a team as strong as the 1999-2001 Sens though. Both have almost the exact same skill set and size and career path. Both are easily worthy of selection as we approach pick #2000.

Originally Posted by
smart, all-around defenceman with good skating ability and hard point shot...
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1995-96
about ready to hit his defensive prime. a smart, all-around defenseman who put up good numbers in the AHL but is now concentrating on his defensive play. York's finesse skills are fine. He is a good skater with a very hard point shot... a fine penalty killer.He reads plays well and has the skating ability to spring shorthanded chances...

York is not very physical. he is not a big checker, but like Bruce Driver, he employs positional play to angle attackers to the boards... a lot of teams were interested in acquiring York before Anaheim won his services... a reliable two-way defenseman who could have a long and useful NHL career.
Originally Posted by McKeen's 1999-2000
flourished during the first half as part of Ottawa's top pairing... strong-skating rearguard...decision to go to arbitration won't sit well with management (note, he was given 1.45M, about 10% more than league average. For the next 5 years, he earned 10-20% more than the league average)
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1999-2000
had his finest offensive season... has become known as more of a defensive defenseman... a very smart player in his own end. not huge, but knows how to cllear the front of the net...
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2000
York was the Senators' best all-around defenseman last season... employs positional play to angle attackers to the boards... doesn't have a polished defensive game, but does work hard... stepped up his game considerably last season.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2000-01
inconsistent in his physical play but is a solid force on the point.. has worked hard to improve his game and now usually finds himself on the top pairing in Ottawa... also counted upon for his leadership

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