Young back on defense
by Kevin Zalaznik // 2.14.2013 // Feature
ALBANY, NY – Not only is Harry Young back on the Albany Devils roster, but he has returned to his natural position as a defenseman.
The third-year pro was converted to a left-winger this off season and played upfront during his only appearance with Albany on Jan. 20. Young has floated between the AHL and ECHL for the majority of the season. He has been with Albany between the start of the season and Oct. 26, from Oct. 28 to Nov. 14, from Jan. 17 to Jan. 29 and from Feb. 13 until present. He has played 32 ECHL contests, two games with the Trenton Titans and 30 with the Kalamazoo Wings.
Recently, the Devils organization made the decision to move Young back to the blue line.
“We made the decision, collectively, to move him back on [defense],” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We did a bit of a forward experiment here, but he personally feels more competent and comfortable on the back end. He has been playing D, I think, quite regularly down in Kalamazoo.”
Young, who captained Windsor (OHL) to back-to-back Memorial Cup Championships in 2009 and 2010, welcomes the move back to defense.
“I was getting used to forward,” Young said. “I was almost 30 games in. Defense is just one of those things I’ve been playing my whole life. It’s like riding a bike. You’re never going forget how to do it. It’s always going to be a comfortable experience. I’m happy to be back on the back end and hopefully I can help out.”
Young was reassigned by New Jersey to Albany from Kalamazoo Wednesday and arrived in time for the team’s contest against the Crunch that same day. Although he didn’t play, he participated in the team’s practice Thursday at Times Union Center.
“I’m just trying to get my feet back under me,” Young said. “It’s a long drive in, but I felt comfortable. The coaches are good, the players are good to help you out with anything you need: tips, pointers, just learning lessons. I felt comfortable out there.”
The Windsor, Ont. native has appeared in 64 career AHL contest, registering a goal, four assists and 163 penalty minutes.