Jeff Taylor

by Mark Allan on December 4, 2017


Jeff Taylor, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 185

Born: 1994-04-13

Hometown: Clifton Park, NY, USA

Drafted: 7th round 2013 (203rd overall) by Pittsburgh



December 2017 – The good news is that the smallish but skilled rearguard has six points in his first 10 minor-league games of the season. The bad news? He’s toiling in the ECHL for the Wheeling Nailers after six pointless games late in the 2016-17 AHL campaign. He’ll have to put up points in the AHL before he gets an NHL shot. Mark Allan


September 2017 – Taylor was one of eight players who didn’t make the grade in the second wave of training camp cuts, and was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL. Smallish but skilled, he has a future as an NHL puck-moving blueliner, but it’s in the future. Mark Allan


June 2017 – After he severely regressed as a junior for Union College, Taylor rebounded strongly with a 38-game, 33-point senior campaign that earned him a two-year, entry-level contract with Pittsburgh that kicks in for 2017-18. The smallish defenseman went pointless in a six-game, late-season AHL amateur tryout, but he’ll expand his pro sample size with Wilkes-Barre-Scranton starting this fall. Pittsburgh will need some young blueliners to step up within the next several seasons, and Taylor should get his chance to fill a puck-moving role. Mark Allan

December 2016 – This Energizer bunny of a puck-moving defenseman makes up for a lack of size and a tendency to be overwhelmed by larger, stronger opponents with a skill set that includes anticipation, quickness, slick passing, determination and a high hockey IQ, at least when on offense. Since playing one USHL season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Taylor has ridden a roller coaster in four seasons with Union College. After posting 16 points in a 41-game freshman campaign, he showed great promise with 31 points in just 34 games before focusing on defense in a 12-point, 36-game junior season. The Penguins, who selected him as a seventh-round project, must be happy with a 19-game, 18-point, plus-15 start to his senior year.

Drafted for his offense, Taylor must rein in cowboy instincts that sometimes persuade him to try to stickhandle through an entire team of opponents. Mark Allan


Fantasy Outlook: C

Taylor has a shot at the big time as a top-four, puck-moving defenseman if he adds some muscle and makes more responsible choices with the puck.



This is the kind of thing smallish blueliners such as Jeff Taylor must overcome to make it in the NHL:




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