Taylor Chorney
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Taylor Chorney

Hometown:

Thunder Bay Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-04-27

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (36th overall), 2005

Weight:

196 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2003-04: Taylor Chorney played for Shattuck-St. Mary's and scored 12-44-56 points in 74 games.

2004-05: Represented the United States at a pair of U18 tournaments in Europe and still played for Shattuck-St.Mary's. Chorney was captain for the Americans at the April tournament.

2005-06: Invited to the USA WJC summer camp in August of 2005, Chorney was a standout despite being one of the youngest players in attendance.  Played in the 2006 WJC in Vancouver and was a freshman at North Dakota.

2006-07: The UND (WCHA) defenseman netted eight goals and 31 points through 39 games this season, personal-bests for Chorney. He again joined up with the US National U20 Team, where he registered six points (1g+5a) in seven games at the WJC; he took Bronze with the US.

2006-07: The UND (WCHA) defenseman netted eight goals and 31 points through 39 games this season, personal-bests for Chorney. He again joined up with the US National U20 Team, where he registered six points (1g+5a) in seven games at the WJC; he took Bronze with the US.

2008-09: Chorney opted out of collegiate play, choosing instead to test out the professional hockey game. In 68 games with the Springfield Falcons (AHL), the D-man scored five goals and 21 points. He also got a look at the NHL, but failed to register any points in the two games he spent with the Oilers.

2009-10: Chorney made the Oilers out of training camp as a 22-year-old and skated in 12 games before being sent to Springfield in the AHL. He returned to Edmonton in late January and shuffled between the two teams. In 42 NHL games he had 3 assists and was -21 with 12 PMs while averaging 17 minutes of ice time per game. In 32 games with Springfield he scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was -20 with 14 PMs. Three of his four goals came on the power play. Chorney played for the USA at the 2010 IIHF World Championship and in six games was +2 with 2 PMs.

2010-11: Chorney's third pro season ended in disappointing fashion as he suffered a knee injury in late February after a productive season playing primarily for Oklahoma City in the AHL. While he did not make the Oilers out of camp as he did a year earlier, Chorney was eventually re-called in January and was effective in twelve games before the injury. He scored his first career NHL goal, a game-winner against Dallas, and was -5 with 3 assists and 4 PMs for the Oilers. In 46 games with Oklahoma City he scored 3 goals with 13 assists and was -1 with 22 PMs. Chorney was re-signed by Edmonton as a restricted free agent to a one-year contract in July, 2011.

 

Talent Analysis

Chorney is slightly undersized for the defensive position but makes up for it with good hockey sense and puck-moving skills. He is a terrific skater, and is usually a sound positional defender. He plays a very heady game and is mature beyond his years.

 

Future

Chorney is likely to spend his career as a tweener--good enough for top four minutes in the AHL while getting spot call up duty at the NHL level. There's a chance he could establish himself as a bottom pairing option in the right situation, but his lack of size and lack of NHL-level offense limit his ability to make an significant impact.