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INTERVIEW with Devils' Prospect Harry Young

August 12, 2009, 10:50 PM ET [ Comments]
Roger Mussa
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Harry Young, a 6 foot and 207 pound Dman in the Devils organization. Currently he wears #55 and is the Captain of the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL and fresh from winning a Championship.
Jared Ramsden of HockeysFuture.com says of Harry: "...he seems to have so many intangible qualities that might make him an effective NHL'er in the future. Maybe like a Colin White type, someone who plays hard, physical and sticks up for his teammates."

I think Lamoriello puts alot of stock and is quite faitfull to players with these qualities, something the Devils organization has always been able to produce and keep in the team's core.
Personally I am excited to see his further development. I recently had the chance to pick his brain a bit and bring it to you all.

Harry, thank you for taking some time to chat with me and give Devils fans a look into one of their prospects.

A successful year for you, tell me about your second year in the OHL playing with the Spitfires. You suited up for every game and had a nice year, give us your thoughts on this past season.

This was actually my third year with the Spitfires and fourth in the league. This was a great season for myself and the team and definetly one to remember. Anyone playing junior hockey dreams of winning the Memorial Cup and being a hometown kid and captain made this an incredible experience for me.

You also had some PK success. Along with your effort, work ethic and physical play, a few ingredients the Devils like about you, what else are you trying to work on?

Right now I'm working on my skating a lot. I have been doing the powerskating and working on a skating tredmill to improve my stride and footspeed.

Speaking of work ethic and leading by example, being the Captain of the Spits is quite a testament to that. What does wearing the “C” mean to you?

It really means a lot to me being a hometown kid and representing this team and city. Mickey Renaud was the captain before me and a I learned a lot from him about being a leader. I couldn't be more proud to take over from Mickey and lead this team to victory this year.

Winning the Memorial Cup, tell us about the road and describe the journey leading up to the raising of the Cup.

It was an incredible year all together. Right from the beginning we were ranked number one in Canada and kept that title pretty much right up to the Memorial Cup. We had a few tough playoff series including the record setting 5 overtime games in a row versus London Knights. When we got to the Memorial Cup we lost our first two games and things weren't looking so good. We responded from those loses with four wins in a row to become the first team to come back from a 0-2- deficeit and win the Memorial.

The Spitfires are busy sharing the Cup wit the Windsor community; tell me your schedules and plans for the Cup. And tell us what else you have planned for the summer personally.

As for the Cup Tour we have been visiting just about everyone in Windsor and the surrounding areas. We visited as many schools as we could before it was out for summer and that was really rewarding. The kids really loved it and we got to about 25 schools. After that we have been visiting any local businesses that have supported us through the year and any public gatherings we can. Personally I just plan on training and getting ready for the upcoming season. With going so deep in the playoffs we don't have too much time in the offseason to get ourselves back to optimum weight and strength.

The 2009 Devils Prospect Camp was your second. How do you feel it went coming back a second year?

I thought the camp was a lot better the second time around. I knew what to expect and was well prepared and a lot less nervous. I thought I played pretty good and showcased a lot of my improvements.

What was the atmosphere at camp surrounded by the likes of Scott Stevens, Chris Terreri, John MacLean, Tommy Albelin and company?

It is always a very intense camp because New Jersey likes to draft hard working players. I thought everyone enjoyed themselves and gave it everything they had. For me, being taught by Scott Stevens all week was a real treat. I grew up watching and idolizing him so all week I tried to soak in as much information from him as a I could.

From an outside point of view, who are some of the prospects that stood out? Who should Devils fans be excited about in our prospect pipeline?

I was really impressed with Mattias Tedenby. He was very shifty and smart with the puck. I think he is going to really be something to watch in a few years.

Adam Henrique, a current Spitfire teammate and fellow Devils prospect, was at camp with you. Did it help having a familiar face with you along the Camp?

Yes, that has always been a big help for me. Me and Adam actually room together for Windsor so it was a very comfortable situation for the two of us. Especially first year going to camp it was a great relief to know that I already had a friend there.

Did Uncle Lou and the Devils organization give you a recap and/or food for thought going into next year as far as things to work on or expectations?

They told me to work on my footspeed and just overall skills. They like my improvemnts so far but theres a lot of work that can still be done.

What are your personal goals you have set for yourself this coming year for the Spitfires and also in your development towards getting into a Devils jersey?

No matter where I play this year, I'd like to continue as starting PK unit, get above 12 goals, and get over 20 fights.

You are described as a “Tough as nails, hard working stay at home Dman. What are some of the things Devils fans may not know about you?

I think most fans would be impressed with my shot from the blue line. I hit the net almost every time and rarley get pucks blocked.

Any other final thoughts you would like to leave Devils fans with?

No, I'm just very excited to get back to camp and get this season underway. Hopefully you guys can see me in that Devils lineup someday soon.

Thank you very much for taking some time with me. Ill be sure to check in with you during the season and best of luck defending your Memorial Cup title!

We look forward to seeing you soon in a Devils uniform, I think very soon.

Truly yours,
The Devils Advocate
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