Jeff Taylor

by Mark Allan on March 31, 2018


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


March 2018 – Reflecting his disappointing AHL campaign (one assist in 13 games and minus-2), Taylor was demoted from the AHL to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers, where he can easily hold his own. Amassing 19 points in 28 ECHL games, the 23-year-old defenseman makes a case to be promoted to the AHL, although he needs to impress with his next callup. Mark Allan


February 2018 – The second-highest scoring blueliner in Union College history is prospering in his first full pro season with four goals and 15 assists in 28 games. The bad news? Those stats are with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. With just one assist in eight AHL outings this campaign, Taylor has to prove himself at that level before Pittsburgh will consider promoting him to the big time. Mark Allan

January 2018 – After notching 12 points in 18 ECHL games for the Wheeling Nailers, the smallish 23-year-old defenseman was promoted to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he has one assist in three outings. The seventh-rounder must prove himself in the AHL to ever get a shot at the big time. Mark Allan

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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