Justin Taylor

Hometown:

London Ontario

Team:

OHL

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1989-02-08

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5'11

Acquired:

6th round (180th overall), 2007

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: His first full season of major junior hockey. He arrived in London last year on a trade from Kingston, a team he refused to report to, and he spent half of the year playing for the Jr. A Wellington Dukes.  Taylor recorded 55 points (26+29) in 68 games with London (OHL). He finished fourth on the team in goals and fifth in assists and points.

2008-09: In 64 games this season, Taylor posted impressive numbers of 37 goals, 30 assists, and over 100 minutes in penalties. But what was more impressive was how frequently Taylor was on the ice. He played all three facets of the game, excelling on penalty kills, and he frequently did the dirty work riding shotgun on John Tavares’ line when he came to the team.

Talent Analysis

Taylor (6'0, 192 lbs.) is a tough-as-nails center who doesn’t mind taking a hit. Taylor leads his team in fights.  A November 2007 London Free Press story quoted Taylor as saying “I’ll sacrifice my face as long as we keep winning.” 

Offense has never been a challenge on the London Knights, so Taylor focused on those things that would make him indispensable to the team -- and in doing so has made him a much more attractive part of the Capitals' future.

 

Future
Taylor was not signed by the Capitals and will go back into the draft.

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