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.

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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.

 2014-15: Aronson skated in a career-high 73 games for Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in his fourth pro season. The leading scorer amongst Admirals’ defensemen, he scored 3 goals with 29 assists and was -15 with 27 penalty minutes. Two of his three goals were game-winners for Milwaukee, which missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fifth in the Midwest Division. Aronson was re-signed by Nashville to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2015.

Talent Analysis

Aronson came out of the WHL with a reputation as an all-around defenseman with good puck moving skills. After spending most of his first three pro seasons in the ECHL with Cincinnati he had a breakout season offensively playing for Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in 2015-16. Skilled enough to be a top four defenseman and contribute on both ends as well as on the power play, Aronson's defensive game remains a work in progress and likely has prevented him from advancing up the pro ladder more quickly.

Future

Aronson had his best pro season to date in 2014-15, earning a one-year contract with Nashville. A skating defensemen with some offensive skills, he is one of the candidates in the mix for a roster spot with the Predators at training camp but will likely start the 2015-16 season with AHL affiliate Milwaukee. Aronson has the potential to one day skate at the NHL level but with a crowded defense corps in the Predators system he may have to head elsewhere to do that.

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