Taylor Aronson
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Taylor Aronson

Hometown:

Placentia California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-12-30

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round (78th overall), 2010

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Taylor Aronson played for the Los Angeles Junior Kings, scoring 9 goals and adding 16 assists for 25 points in 45 games.  He was a first round selection of the USHL’s Tri-City Storm but elected to sign with the Portland Winterhawks.

2009-10: In hiw WHL rookie season, Aronson played in 71 games for the Portland Winterhawks.  He scored 5 goals and added 25 assists for 30 points, and tacked on 65 penatly minutes for the season.  In 11 playoff games, Aronson scored 2 goals and chipped in 7 assists for 9 points.

2010-11: Aronson skated in 71 games for the Portland Winterhawks in his second WHL season. He had a +36 plus-minus (second only to Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Johansen’s +44) on the Winterhawks. Portland finished with the league’s third-best record and was first in the US Division. Aronson scored 5 goals with 32 assists and had 81 PMs. In 21 playoff games he was +7 with 2 assists and 20 PMs as the Winterhawks reached the WHL Finals. Aronson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Predators in December 2010.

2011-12: Aronson made his pro debut in the AHL as a 19-year-old – skating in 14 games with Milwaukee – before being sent down to ECHL Cincinnati. He had 1 assist and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes during his AHL time with the Admirals. Aronson scored 6 goals with 12 assists in 40 games for the Admirals and was +1 with 49 penalty minutes. He did not see any action during the Admirals series with Abbotsford and the Cyclones failed to make the ECHL playoffs.

2012-13: Aronson appeared in 12 games with Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee during a mid-season call-up – spending most of his second pro season with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones. He had 2 assists and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes during his stint with the Admirals. In 38 regular season games for ECHL North Division champion Cincinnati he scored 1 goal with 12 assists and was +14 with 12 penalty minutes. Aronson was a healthy scratch for much of the playoffs as the Cyclones reached the Eastern Conference finals against Kelly Cup champion Reading. He played in two playoff games and was -1 with no points nor penalty minutes.

2013-14: Aronson played for Nashville ECHL affiliate Cincinnati in his third pro season. In 65 regular season games he scored six goals with 32 assists and was +28 with 57 penalty minutes. Cincinnati finished second in the North Division and reached the Kelly Cup finals before falling to Alaska. Aronson had seven assists and was +6 with 18 penalty minutes in 24 playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Aronson came out of the WHL with a reputation as an all-around defenseman with good puck moving skills but has not been able to secure a full-time spot at the AHL level. He has the skills to be a top four defenseman and contribute on both ends as well as on the power play and penalty kill but has yet to put those elements together on a consistent basis.

 

Future

Aronson was one of the team leaders for Cincinnati in its run to the ECHL finals in 2013-14 and is still only 22-years-old. The upcoming season will be an important one as he enters the third year of his entry-level contract. He will look to secure a full-time role for Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee to remain in the Predators future plans. Aronson still has the potential to one day skate at the NHL level but at this point his career trajectory appears more likely to be that of a career minor leaguer or possibly take him overseas to compete in Europe.

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