Taylor Peters
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Taylor Peters

Hometown:

Delta British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-01-24

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

196 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Taylor Peters was selected by Portland in the fourth round (68th overall) of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft and played in his first game with the Winter Hawks as a 15-year-old in December. He played five games with Portland while spending most of the season with the Greater Vancouver Canadians in major midget hockey. Peters scored 2 goals and had an even plus-minus with the Winter Hawks. In 39 games for the Canadians he scored 10 goals with 14 assists and had 66 penalty minutes.

2008-09: Peters played 70 games for Portland in his first full WHL season. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was -19 with 41 penalty minutes. The Winter Hawks were last in the U.S. Division and had the league’s second-worst record.

2009-10: Peters split the year between the WHL and BCHL. He opened the season with the Portland Winter Hawks and played three games before being loaned to the BCHL’s Penticton Vees. He played two December games with the Winter Hawks and returned for good in January. He scored 4 goals with 3 assists in 32 WHL games and was +1 with 7 penalty minutes. Portland finished fourth in the U.S. Division and reached the second round. Peters played two playoff games and was -1 with no points nor penalty minutes. In 22 games with Penticton he scored 3 goals with 5 assists and had 16 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Peters attended the Pittsburgh Penguins’ training camp as a free agent before returning to Portland for a third season. He was one of two Winter Hawks to play in all 72 games as the Winterhawks finished first in the U.S. Division. Peters scored 8 goals with 11 assists and was +5 with 19 penalty minutes. Portland defeated Spokane in the Western Conference finals before falling to Eastern Conference champion Kootenay. In 21 playoff games Peters scored 3 goals with 5 assists and had an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Peters attended his second NHL training camp, this time with the Minnesota Wild, but did not receive a contract offer. He played an understated but important role as Portland was again one of the WHL’s top teams. Skating in all 72 games for the Winterhawks he scored 12 goals with 26 assists and was -2 with 60 penalty minutes. After finishing second in the U.S. Division behind Tri-City, Portland defeated the Americans in the Western Conference finals to face Edmonton in the finals. Peters scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was +7 with 8 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games.

2012-13: Peters attended the San Jose Sharks development camp but was not signed to a contract and returned to Portland for an over-age season in the WHL. In his fourth season with the Winterhawks he scored 15 goals with 27 assists and was +27 with 61 penalty minutes. Portland had the WHL’s best record and defeated Edmonton in six games in the WHL finals to reach the Memorial Cup. Peters scored 1 goal with 9 assists and was +1 with 19 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. Portland advanced to the Memorial Cup final against Halifax. Peters had 1 assist and was +1 with 8 penalty minutes in five Memorial Cup games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Dallas in March, 2013.

2013-14: Peters played in 70 of 76 regular season games and seven playoff contests for Dallas AHL affiliate Texas in his first pro season. He scored 7 goals with 9 assists and was -6 with 58 penalty minutes during the regular season. The Stars finished first in the West Division, taking an epic seven-game series with Toronto in the Western Conference finals before defeating St. John’s in five games in the Calder Cup finals. Peters scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in the playoffs. 

Talent Analysis

Peters is a determined, checking center that plays a gritty, hard-working type of a game. His right-handed shot adds to his versatility in the faceoff circle. He wins a lot of board battles and has a high attention to detail. Peters is a below-the-line type that can be an integral but unsung part of a winning team. He doesn't have a lot of offensive gusto in his game, nor is he the most efficient skater, but he can get around the ice. He's willing to stand up for his teammates at the drop of a hat.  

Future

Peters skated in his third Traverse City rookie tournament for Dallas and attended the Stars training camp before being assigned to AHL affiliate Texas to start the 2014-15 season. Now in his second pro season, he has played in a lower line role and was briefly loaned to the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads to see more ice time. Long-term Peters is not a high production offensive player but can be a valuable defensive forward. He will need to concentrate and carve out a specialized niche to have hopes of being an NHL regular.

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