Taylor Ellington
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Taylor Ellington

Hometown:

Victoria British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-10-31

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with Vancouver, 2012

Weight:

208 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Ellington scored five goals and eight assists in 60 games during his third WHL season. A member of Team WHL for the Canada/Russia Challenge,  He toiled on the blueline with Eric Doyle for most of the season until Doyle was traded to Swift Current. Silvertips former head coach feels Ellington has developed confidence over the past couple of seasons and has also begun to understand the game positionally.

2007-08: It was steady as she goes for Ellington who virtually mirrored his production from the previous season with 14 points and 66 PIM in 48 games played.

2008-09: Ellington signed an entry-level, three-year contract with Vancouver in March 2009 and made his pro debut with the AHL's Manitoba Moose after Everett was eliminated from the WHL playoffs. Ellington scored his first pro goal in his only game with the Moose. Things did not go as well during the WHL season. The Silvertips slipped into the playoffs despite winning just 27 games. Ellington skated in 69 games and led all Everett defensemen in points with 6 goals and 26 assists. He was second on the Silvertips with 130 PMs and his -20 plus/minus could at least partially been attributed to logging loads of ice time on a team that wasn't very strong. In the Silvertips' five-game playoff series with Tri-City he was -2 with 5 assists and 6 PMs.

2009-10: Ellington appeared in 19 games for Manitoba in his first pro season; spending most of the year with the ECHL's Victoria Salmon Kings. Ellington scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -3 with 9 PMs for the Moose. Ellington showed some progress after a slow start with the Salmon Kings and scored 3 goals with 11 assists in 48 games. His -13 plus/minus was the team's second worst and he had 49 PMs. Ellington did not appear in any playoff games for Victoria.

2010-11: Ellington skated in 14 games for the ECHL's Victoria Salmon Kings before suffering a season-ending concussion in November. He finished the season -2 with 3 assists and 18 PMs.

Talent Analysis

A reliable defender, Ellington has tremendous reach and begun to develop a mean streak in the defensive end of the rink. Ellington cites his strengths as: his first pass on breakouts and his decision-making in the defending zone. His puck skills have improved but still need some work, as does his skating.

Future

Ellington was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the deal that brought Sami Pahlsson to the Vancouver Canucks.

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