NHL Draft: Alex Young

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Name: Alex Young

Team: Canmore Eagles (AJHL)

Position: Center

Height/Weight: 5’10 165lbs

Hand: Right

NHL Draft Ranking: N/A 

Western Prospects Ranking: 43rd

Estimated Draft Position: Camp Invite

Areas of Strength

  • Boards to Boards Vision
  • In Tight Scoring Ability
  • Quick Hands

Areas of Weakness

  • Scoring Consistency
  • Body Language
  • Offensive Spacing

Scouting Report: Now in his second season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Alex Young has taken significant strides in his development with the Canmore Eagles becoming one of the most dominating offensive players in the league. Young burst onto the scene with a 50 point season (21 goals, 29 assists) in 60 games in his 16-year old season with the Eagles. With six games to spare, the Colgate University commit has already surpassed his numbers from his rookie season and has taken the next step towards his full potential totalling 70 points (34 goals, 36 assists) which leads Eagles and is fourth in the AJHL. He’s also the first Eagles’ player to score 70 points since the 2016-17 season.

Young is a natural goalscorer. From Bantam to Junior, his ability to put the puck in the net has never, and he can do it in a multitude of ways. He has an excellent hockey IQ to put himself in positions to succeed around the net and makes it easy for his teammates to find him whether it be in the high-slot or on the doorstep of the opposing netminder to tap it in. Even without the puck on his stuck, Young has a very dangerous player and is willing to get into the tough areas to get his name on the scoresheet. The Colgate commit posses a quick release which difficult for any defender attempting to shut him down. His goal scoring ability has shown up for the Eagles this season in some tough games with four against the Sherwood Park Crusaders and three against the Bonnyville Pontiacs – two of the best teams in the CJHL – which showcases his clutch traits.

Along with the scoring, Young plays with a lot of quickness to his game and combines both his foot speed and stick handling better than the majority of players in the AJHL. However, even with his quick tempo game, Young shows good patience on the puck and doesn’t often rush his decision making. He finds the open ice for his teammates and puts them in positions to succeed on the ice which has resulted in a career-high 36 recorded assists this season.

Overall, Young displays multiple layers of offensive potential with his vision, stick-handling, and goalscoring presence. Whether he hears his name called or not at the NHL Entry Draft this summer, he’ll more than likely be back with the Canmore Eagles in 2019 and should surpass the 90 point mark in his third season in the AJHL.