Getting to Know: Jeff Taylor
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Size: 6-foot, 180 pounds
Birth Date: April 13, 1994
Hometown: Clifton, NY
How the Pens Acquired him: Drafted in the 7th round (203rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft
Next Step: Sophomore season at Union College
2013-14 Season: Taylor helped Union College (of the ECAC) win the 2014 NCAA National Championship. He finished his freshman season with the Dutch leading rookie defensemen in scoring (16 points) and blocked shots (26). He was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team.
Trophy Case: 2014 NCAA Frozen Four National Champion and 2013 Clark Cup (USHL) Champion.
Numbers Never Lie: Taylor played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL in 2012-13, recording 27 points (5G-22A) and a plus-41 in 57 games. He had five assists in 11 playoff games in Dubuque’s run to the league title.
On winning the NCAA Championship: “That was amazing, I mean winning a championship my first year, the guys on that team just taught us so much. It was a great first year, hopefully we can carry it over next year.”
On how it felt to be drafted by the Pens: “It was amazing. This is such a great organization. Three Stanley Cups, so many great players come through here. It was just an honor to hear my name called that day.”
On how he spent his time leading up to camp: “Just working out. I was excited to come here. It’s only two weeks from when you hear your name until you come here, so you just work hard trying to get ready for the camp. I’m going back to college, so I just want to learn as much as I can and make a good first impression.”
On how he describes his style of play: “I’m more offensive. I like to jump in the rush and make a good first pass. I’m working on my defensive game, and I gotta be good in both ends.”
On how he liked camp and Pittsburgh: “I love it. It’s so nice. The facilities here are unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it. I love the city. It’s unreal just knowing that a NHL team skates here all year. It’s pretty special.”