The second British goaltender in the Kings organization, Daniel Taylor was born in Plymouth, United Kingdom, but was playing for Guelph of the OHL when drafted.
2003-04: Taylor starred as the back-up goaltender for the Champion Guelph Storm while posting a stellar 16-4-3 mark. Stuck behind a championship starting goaltender, hopefully Taylor will find himself in a situation where he will receive more ice-time soon. Turned in an excellent performance at the Kings Prospect Camp giving up 1 goal in a period and a half, but showcasing both solid fundamentals and good athleticism in stopping some high percentage shots.
Drafted 7th round (221st overall), 2004 by LA.
2004-05: Surpassing his rookie totals from the 2003-04 season in games played (31), goals-against average (2.64), save percentage (.911) and shutouts (2), Taylor quickly became the “go-to” goaltender for Guelph from October through January. In that four-month stretch, Taylor posted an 11-8-3 record with a goals-against average of 2.24 and a save percentage of .922.
2005-06: Finished his juniors eligibility, going 32-15-3 after a pre-season trade to Kingston. Goals against average slightly off (3.11), but save percentage improved (.911) while scoring was up across the league. Went 2-3-0 in the playoffs for Kingston before signing a contract with Los Angeles during the offseason.
2006-07: Signed a contract with Los Angeles and spent most of the season in Bakersfield with both Munce and Fukufuji ahead of him on the depth charts. Later assigned to Texas of the ECHL. His 4.33 goals-against average and .872 save percentage with Bakersfield were nothing to be proud of, even for the ECHL. He did play better in a very short stint with Texas.
2007-08: In approximately half a season of play with Manchester, Taylor found himself near the top in goals-against average and save percentage. He nearly set the Manchester record for consecutive shutout minutes when he posted three shutouts in a row in late January, only to be inexplicably sat down for the fourth game in place of Dan Cloutier. Regardless, Taylor completed a more than surprising season and has set himself up to compete for the fulltime starting job for Manchester.
Taylor covers the bottom of the net well with nice lateral movement and a surprisingly quick glove hand. He sometimes can find himself pushed around a bit on jam-ins from in front of the net. Biggest problem is overplaying the first shot and getting pulled out of position.