Taylor Beck
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Taylor Beck

Hometown:

Niagara Falls Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-05-13

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (70th overall), 2009

Weight:

209 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2007-08: After being drafted in the 2nd round (31st overall) of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection by the Guelph Storm, Taylor Beck went on to have a successful freshman campaign with the club. In 56 games the winger recorded seven goals and 14 assists for a total of 21 points.

2008-09: Beck had an excellent summer and it shows in his play this season. In 67 games with the Guelph Storm (OHL) the winger has netted 22 goals and 58 points, more than doubling his numbers from last season. He represented Team Orr in the 2009 Top Prospects game where he scored one goal.

2009-10: In his third season with Guelph, Beck broke out with 39 goals, 54 assists for 93 points in 61 games. He added 3 goals and 3 assists in 5 playoff games. Beck made his debut in the OHL’s All-Star game, was a Second All-Star team honoree at the end of the season, and was awarded Jim Mahon Trophy as the top scoring right winger in the OHL.

2010-11: Beck signed a three-year, entry level contract with Nashville in August 2010. He made his pro hockey debut late in the season, playing a dozen games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, after completing his fourth junior season with Guelph. Beck scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 2 PMs in his stint with the Admirals (which included eight playoff games). He was the OHL’s seventh-leading scorer, netting 42 goals with 53 assists and was +3 with 60 PMs in 62 games. Beck scored 16 power play goals. In the Storm’s six-game playoff series with Saginaw he scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +1 with 10 PM.

2011-12: Beck skated for Nashville’s AHL affiliate Milwaukee as a 20-year-old in his first pro season. He was the Admiral’s third-leading scorer with 16 goals and 24 assists in 74 games and was minus-two with 32 penalty minutes. After finishing second in the North Division, the Admirals faced Abbotsford in a first round playoff series. Beck had 1 assist in the three-game series with the Heat and was minus-three with 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Beck made his NHL debut in March and skated in 16 games with the Predators after leading Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in scoring during the NHL lockout. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes; averaging 16 minutes of ice-time with Nashville. In 50 AHL games with the Admirals he scored 11 goals with 30 assists and was +8 with 28 penalty minutes. Milwaukee finished second in the Midwest Division and lost to Texas in a first round playoff series. Beck returned to Milwaukee for two playoff games and was +1 with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Beck skated in seven games for the Predators and was the second-leading scorer for Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in his third pro season. He had no points and was minus-2 with 6 penalty minutes — averaging 13 minutes of ice time — skating for the Predators. Beck scored 17 goals with a team-leading 32 assists and was minus-8 with 38 penalty minutes in 65 regular season AHL games and had no points with 2 penalty minutes in the Admirals’ three-game playoff series with Toronto. Beck was tendered a qualifying offer by the Predators in June and entered the summer as a restricted free agent.

 

Talent Analysis

Beck is a budding power forward, with a willingness to go to the net. He has demonstrated his goal scoring ability at every level thus far, and has shown in training camp that he has the ability to be a force to be reckoned with. Beck has the talent to be an elite scorer, though his skating could still use some work.

 

Future

Beck headed into the summer as a free agent after playing just seven NHL games despite Nashville's offensive struggles. The Predators spent their first two draft picks on forwards, acquired Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok in trades over the past two seasons and signed veterans Olli Jokinen and James Neal so Beck must prove to new coach Peter Laviolette that he fits in Nashville's plans — if he does not pursue options elsewhere. Long-range his numbers at the junior and minor hockey levels suggest he can be a productive offensive player one day.

 

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