The New Jersey Devils have signed Harry Young to a one year, two way deal worth $550,000. The deal will take place at the conclusion of his entry level contract, set to expire at the completion of the 2012-2013 campaign.

Young was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 7th round (202nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Last year, he appeared in just 11 AHL games with the Albany Devils and was minus-five with no points and 21 penalty minutes. Spending  much of the season with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings he scored 3 goals with 7 assists and was plus-nine with 55 penalty minutes in 32 games. Kalamazoo reached the Eastern Conference finals after finishing first in the North Division. Young had 2 assists and was plus-one with 29 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. This season, Young has spent 30 games with the Wings, recording only one assist, but as has seen limited action with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL and Albany of the AHL. Its likely he will spend more time in Albany during the rest of the season.

As more defense prospects continue to pile into the organization, less-talented players such as Young are going to find it increasingly more difficult to advance through the system. In his two years as a pro, he’s yet to establish himself as a full time AHL player, and at best he has proved to be just a mediocre ECHLer. It will be interesting to see how much AHL action he gets from here on out.

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