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.

Fire and Ice: Windsor Spitfires Center and Dallas Stars Prospect Steve Ott

by pbadmin
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Pretty much every team in all professional leagues have players who are
on the roster cause there annoying. In most cases that is all these types of
players are good for. They rarely score and do anything else besides fight
and take and draw penalties. Tyson Nash for the St.Louis Blues is a terrific
example. He is very very agitating and very very poor on the offensive end.
I’m not saying he’ll never score a goal, but if he gets more than 10 in a
year it’s a miracle. But one player who is on his way to the NHL real soon
may change all that. The Windsor Spitfires of the OHL have a player named
Steve Ott. Ott was drafted 25th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 2000 NHL
Entry Draft. Ott is a feisty troublemaker; a troublemaker who can score.
Through 37 games played by Ott this year, he had 36 goals and 28 assists for
64 points. Yet the most important number may be his 108 penalty minutes. Ott
averages almost 3.00 PIM a game. The type of game Ott plays opens up the ice
for his teammate and top draft prospect Jason Spezza. While so many people
are focused on Ott’s antics, Spezza goes more unnoticed then he should be.
Steve Ott is a coaches dream. He would be a coaches dream even if he didn’t
score. But the fact he can score means he should be in the dreams of Ken
Hitchcock and the Dallas Stars in the not too distant future.

Rangers Update: Brendl in the Dog House

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Pavel Brendl, the Rangers top prospect, was benched last night after the 1st period in the Hitmen’s 6-3 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Calgary’s management hasn’t liked Brendl’s effort in the last few weeks and decided to send him a message.

“We know how good Pav can be, he can be the best player in the league when he wants,” said Dean Clark, head coach of the Hitmen. “He has to show interest in doing some things. There’s no sense in putting in half an effort. There are some other concerns, it’s not only Pav.”

This has been the biggest knock on Brendl since he was drafted. It’s funny when a great player has one or two big flaws in his game, his star potential becomes vastly overlooked. I’m sure everyone knows by now that Pavel doesn’t have the best work-ethic or the best attitude.

But there’s not many players that do.

Honestly, how would you feel if the only place you could play is juniors, which isn’t fun for you if you keep getting 5 points a night? Brendl doesn’t have that motivation to play in juniors anymore and I can’t really blame him.

He had that motivation going at the World Juniors.

He wanted to succeed.

He wanted to prove the critics wrong and wanted to be the best player in the tournament

And he did just that.

Next season, whether it be with the Rangers, or with Hartford of the AHL, it will be a big step up for Pavel and he’s not going to back down. I can promise you that much. He’s going to want to succeed and he’ll prove the critics wrong again. Just wait and see…

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14 Questions with Chris Corrinet

by Rick Davis
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Chris Corrinet is a Capitals prospect forward currently playing with Princeton University.

1. Do you think you’ll sign with the Caps?

This is my goal.

2. Do you have any thoughts on how you’ll adjust to the different rules in pro hockey (Two-line pass, fighting, etc)?

I don’t feel there will be any difficulties making the adjustments.

3. Any regrets on choosing hockey over football?

Actually, I had a better future in baseball as a left-handed pitcher than football, but hockey was always my first love so it was not a tough choice in terms of what sport I wanted to pursue.

4. What are you going to do this summer to prepare for camp and next season?

I am going to train (not sure where yet) to get in the best possible shape in order to compete for a job next fall. I will also probably be in DC for the prospect orientation camp this summer-I have been there for the past three summers.

5. Do you know Jeff Halpern very well? Were you surprised that he made the Caps after his first training camp?

I know Jeff very well and I was not surprised he made the team. He has an intense desire to compete all the time and a good skill level. He has been an inspiration for me to work even harder to make it to the NHL.

6. Who were some of your favorite players when you were a kid? Who was your favorite team?
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USHL Update – Des Moines Buccaneers

by Jason Shaner
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The 2000-2001 season has been a roller coaster of ups and downs for one of the most storied franchises in the USHL. The Des Moines Buccaneers hoist a number of banners in the stadium that is called by many as the “Madhouse on Hickman”. Des Moines is coming off a 4th place finish last season after being the dominant team in the league the prior several years. Some Buccaneers fans may have considered last season a down year for the team. This season there was much concern about how the mighty Bucs would turn out. Several new faces took the ice and early on Des Moines struggled to get things going. It appeared they may take another step down in the league until some key transactions and top-notch goaltending has taken this team back to where they feel they belong. Currently Des Moines is 24-14-2 good for 50 points. That gets them 4th in the rough and tumble Western Division but good for 5th in the USHL overall in the playoff standings. The Buccaneers are chasing their archrival Omaha Lancers along with the Sioux Falls Stampede and league leading Lincoln Stars in the quest for home ice advantage. Currently the Buccaneers are one of the leagues hottest teams as they recently had a 7 game winning streak put together. That streak was capped off with road wins at League leading Lincoln and over 2nd place Sioux Falls.

On the offensive side Des Moines had a lot to replace. Losing scoring champion Peter Sejna last season along with rookie of the year Troy Riddle Des Moines had a lot of questions to answer. Des Moines definitely got the season off slo Read more»

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