Shayne Taker
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Shayne Taker

Hometown:

Vancouver British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-02-12

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2014

Weight:

207 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2006-07: Shayne Taker skated in seven games with the Richmond Sockeyes in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League in British Columbia as a 17-year-old. He had 1 assist with 8 penalty minutes.

2007-08: Taker split his first full season in the PIJHL between Richmond and the Mission Icebreakers. In 47 regular season games he scored 8 goals with 22 assists and 28 penalty minutes. In 11 playoff games for the Sockeyes he had no points and 18 penalty minutes.  

2008-09: Taker began the year playing for the New England Stars in the International Junior Hockey League before returning to British Columbia to skate for the BCHL’s Cowichan Valley Capitals. In 25 game for the Capitals he scored 1 goal with 6 assists and 6 penalty minutes.

2009-10: Taker was Cowichan Valley’s fourth-leading scorer and led all Capitals defensemen with 37 points in his second BCHL season. In 59 regular season games he scored 6 goals with 31 assists and had 44 penalty minutes. Cowichan Valley finished seventh in the Coastal Division. In five playoff games Taker had 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes. After originally committing to play college hockey with Atlantic Hockey’s Sacred Heart in the fall, he changed his decision after receiving interest from bigger schools and in January he committed to playing at Notre Dame in 2010-11.

2010-11: Taker skated in 31 of 44 games for Notre Dame in his freshman season. Frequently paired with junior Sean Lorenz, a 2008 Minnesota Wild draft pick, he scored 1 goal with 8 assists and was +7 with 4 penalty minutes. Notre Dame finished second behind Michigan in the CCHA. The Fighting Irish received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament despite back-to-back losses to Miami and Michigan in the CCHA semifinal and third place games. Notre Dame defeated Merrimack and New Hampshire to win the Northeast Regional championship and reach the Frozen four before falling to Minnesota-Duluth, 4-3.

2011-12: Taker was invited to Chicago’s prospect camp and played in all 40 games for Notre Dame in his sophomore season — skating alongside fellow sophomore Stephen Johns (CHI). He scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was -6 with 4 penalty minutes. The Fighting Irish struggled to stay above .500 most of the season, finishing tied for eighth in the CCHA, and after sweeping Ohio State in the first round of the conference playoffs were swept by Michigan in a two-game quarterfinal series.

2012-13: Taker attended the Vancouver Canucks’ development camp before returning to Notre Dame for his junior season. Once again pairing with Johns for much of the year before playing alongside senior Sam Calabrese down the stretch and in the post-season, Taker was one of four Fighting Irish defensemen to finish with 13 or more points. Skating in all 41 games, he scored 1 goal with 12 assists and was +4 with 20 penalty minutes. Notre Dame was one of the big turnaround stories in college hockey — finishing second in the CCHA in the conference’s final season and then capturing the league playoff title with a 3-1 win over Michigan in the championship game. The Fighting Irish fell to St. Cloud State, 5-1, in the NCAA Midwest regional semifinals.

2013-14: Taker made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage following his senior year at Notre Dame and in May signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers. He had no points nor penalties and was -7 in five AHL games. Taker scored 4 goals with 14 assists and was +5 with 10 penalty minutes in 40 games for Notre Dame. Moving to the Hockey East conference, the Fighting Irish finished seventh in the league during the regular season but went 8-1-1 in a late season stretch to reach the Hockey East semifinals, including three wins over top-ranked Boston College. Notre Dame received an at-large bid to the NCAA West Regional and lost to St. Cloud State, 4-3 in overtime, in the semfinals.

 

Talent Analysis

Taker is a first-year pro whose size and skating attracted the attention of scouts following his college career at Notre Dame. Still adjusting to the faster pace and stronger forwards at the pro level, he has elements of his game such as his shot and first pass that impress. He is far from a complete defender at this point and must continue to refine his game.

Future

Taker attended his first training camp with the Panthers before being assigned to AHL affiliate San Antonio and has subsequently spent most of the 2014-15 season with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones. Taker has been one of the better offensive defensemen for the Cyclones in his first pro season but has seen limited time at the AHL level to this point. While his raw skills suggest he could one day contribute in a lower pairing role at the NHL level he is fairly early in the development process.

 

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