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.

Flyers Midterm System Review Part II: Minors, Juniors, and Euros

by Bill Meltzer
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Stepping Up

Maxime Ouellet has continued to shine after his early season demotion from the Flyers to Rouyn-Noranda. Apart from a rough outing against Finland
in the WJC semi-finals, he also had another strong WJC tournament. Max’s most notable accomplishment at the WJC was outplaying Rick DiPietro head-to-head when Canada met up with the USA in the medal round
quarterfinals. Given Ouellet’s excellent play this season and the struggles of Brian Boucher, Ouellet may figure into the Flyers NHL goaltending picture
as soon as next year; although a season in the AHL would probably be the optimal plan for the young keeper.

Jason Beckett has had a rock solid rookie season for the Philadelphia Phantoms. He shows a lot of maturity and poise for a first year pro. Beckett
is an aggressive defender, yet he is rarely caught out of position. To date, he is the Plus/Minus leader on the Phantoms, sporting a +11 for a .500
team.

Holding Steady

Antero Niittymäki had his work cut out for him before this season. He had to try to top his sensational rookie campaign for TPS Turku. Unfortunately, he has not been able to do so. Niittymaki has split time in goal with Fredrik
Norrena and Norrena has, on the whole, been the more consistent performer. That’s not to say that Niittymäki has had a bad season, however. While
Niittymäki has let in a few bad goals and been beaten at some inopportune moments, it’s unfair to classify any goalie with a 2.02 GAA and .924 save percentage in 17 games as a failure. If Niittymäki has h Read more»

Johan Holmqvist – The Next Guardian of the Nets?

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Other than the dismal 99-00 season one has to look far back to when the Rangers gave their young netminders a shot at ice time in New York with the big club. Over the last couple seasons we have seen J.F.Labbe, Milan Hnilinka, Jason Labarbera, Johan Holmqvist get a shot which is negative and positive. The negative is that the must be a reason why the Mike Richters and Kirk McLeans of of the world are not playing…perhaps injury, perhaps poor performance. But this has opened the door a host of new to the NHL netminders to get that call everyone outside of the NHL dreams of… top play in the NHL.

Johan Holmqvist, a native of Tolfta, Sweden began his international journey at a young age…playing for the Swedish National Junior program against the Russian Bears, The Attacking Finns and the free wheeling Czechs. Holmqvist quickly established himself as a future NHL prospect and with the help of Christer Rockstrøm (old Rangers Scandinavian scout), the Rangers selected him with their 7th round pick in the 1997 draft. Holmqvist played well for Brynås of the Swedish Elite League earning a national title as well as 8 shutouts a 2.67 goals against in 117 matches. In his other non championship season, Johan guided Brynås to a second place finish and a participated with the National Junior Team in the 1998 World Junior Tourney.

Sweden who has produced goaltenders Pelle Lindbergh(ex.Flyers), Tommy Soderstrøm(ex.Islanders), Tommy Salo(Oilers) has been starving for a new International Hero. Holmqvist just may be it…for he knows that in his shadow fellow Read more»

IHL All- Star Game

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL NEWS

Event:   IHL All-Star Game
Where:   Allstate Arena
City:    Chicago, Illinois
Date:    January 15, 2001
Time:    5:00 pm
The IHL’s annual All-Star game goes under way tomorrow afternoon at the Allstate Arena in Chicago home of the defending Turner Cup Champions Chicago Wolves. Tomorrow afternoon the defending champions Wolves take on the IHL All-Star team. You can catch all the live action by logging on at www.theihl.com for a live cybercast of all games. This year the IHL will have mic on the coaches, players benches, ref’s, players and the ref’s dressing rooms. Here at Hockeys Future we will have all the stats and a few stories from the all-star game. So log on at Hockeys Future on Tuesday for all the stories and recaps of the IHL classic. Here is a list of the starting lineups for both teams:


Chicago Wolves
Goalie:  Wendell Young
Defence: Glen Featherstone
Defence: Chris LiPuma
Forward: Niklas Andersson
Forward: Steve Larouche
Forward: Brian Noonan

IHL ALL-STARS
Goalie:  Mike Fountain - Grand Rapids
Defence: Travis Richards - Grand Rapids
Defence: Bubba Berenzweig - Milwaukee
Forward: Todd White - Grand Rapids
Forward: Yves Sarrault - Orlando
Forward: Mark Beaufait - Orlando

IHL FASTFACTS

On Febuary 10, 1998 Kip Miler scored the fastest 2 goals in an All-Star game. He scored at the 3:52 mark of the first period then 18 seconds later at the 4:10 mark.

TODAY IN HOCKEY

January 14, 1922 an NHL record is set whe Read more»

NOJHA: Jeff Whitfield Update

by Brad Coccimiglio
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Name: Jeff Whitfield
Team: Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHA)
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Position: Defense
Number: 5
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200 lbs
Many of you may remember a feature that I did around mid-October about
young defenseman Jeff Whitfield of the Soo Thunderbirds. Well, I’m back
to give you a report on his progress since then.

Whitfield has shown some steady improvement since the start of the
season, especially in the last month or so. The improvement has come
more in his defensive game than his offensive game, but both have
improved.

I believe one of the reasons for the improvement in Whitfield’s play
has to be the increase in confidence shown by Thunderbird head coach Jim
Capy. Capy has been giving the young defenseman a slight increase in ice
time and he plays in many different situations. Where some coaches may
hold their youngsters on the bench during a penalty kill or in the 3rd
period of a tight game, Capy does use Whitfield in some of those
situations. That increase in ice time from Capy also helps boost the
confidence of Whitfield.

I mentioned in my previous article that Whitfield had a short fuse.
Well, he is no longer letting his temper, and opponents, get the best of
him. This has helped Whitfield in the sense that he is on the ice more
working on his skills.

Whitfield needs to improve his upper body strength, but considering he
is so young that should come with some time as he still has time to fill
out. At. 6’2″ and 200 lbs it’s scary to think that Whi Read more»

The Last Line Of Defence

by Larry Bradley
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The Brampton Battalion hockey club have made a bold move in their charge towards a playoff birth. Just before the 6 p.m. trade deadline on Wednesday (01/10/01), Battalion Head Coach and G.M. Stan Butler announced the acquisition of Barrie Colts veteran goaltender Brian Finley. Finley, when 100%, may be the final piece of the puzzle for an already talented Brampton club. Last years OHL Playoff MVP has been sidelined with a groin injury since early December and played in only 16 games for the Colts this season. The Sault Ste. Marie native will join his new club Thursday and may not dress for Friday’s game against the London Knights. There is no word as to when he will see his first start for Brampton. The deal also sent the Battalion Mississauga’s seventh round pick in the 2001 OHL Priority Selection and Kitchener’s fourth rounder in 2002.

In return, the Colts receive backstop David Chant, blueliner Tyler Hanchuck and pivot Matt Grennier. Chant, Hanchuck and Grennier are all expected to join the Colts for this weekend’s trio of games starting Friday night in Sudbury.

Finley’s OHL experience should be a great asset in the development of up-and-coming keeper Brad Topping. Look for Topping to take on the starting position until Finley returns from his groin injury. On paper, Brampton has one of the best looking teams in the league. Two top 10 picks in the 2000 NHL entry draft (D-Rostislav Klesla, COLM 4th / LW-Raffi Torres, NYI 5th) and two of the top 20 North American skaters projected in 2001 (D-Jay Harrison, 7th / C-Jay McClement, 20th). Read more»

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