Taylor Stefishen
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Taylor Stefishen

Hometown:

North Vancouver British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1990-08-15

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with Nashville, 2011

Weight:

191 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2007-08: This would be Taylor Stefishen’s final season with the Langley Chiefs (BCHL) and he would leave on a high note. The forward put up career-highs in goals (33), assists (48) and points (81). He signed a letter of intent to attend Ohio State University (CCHA) for the 2008-09 season.

2008-09: Freshman at Ohio State. Stefishen has earned top line minutes at mid-year. Season shortened by mononucleosis.

2009-10: Stefishen played 27 games in his sophomore season at Ohio State.

2010-11: Stefishen skated for Prince George in the WHL as a 20-year-old after leaving Ohio State following his sophomore year. Stefishen was the second-leading scorer for the middle-of-the-pack Cougars behind Tampa Bay prospect Brett Connolly; scoring 24 goals with 43 assists. He finished the season with 72 PMs and was -1 in 68 regular season games. In the Cougars' four-game playoff series with Kelowna he was +1 and scored 2 goals (both on the power play) with 2 assists and 2 PMs. Stefishen was acquired by the Washington Capitals from Nashville in June, 2011 for a conditional 2013 draft pick.

2011-12: Stefishen attended Capitals camp but after not receiving a contract he joined the University of Calgary in Canadian college hockey. Stefishen was the leading scorer for the Dinos, finishing with 12 goals and 11 assists in 25 games and was plus-two with 24 penalty minutes. In eight post-season games he scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was plus-one.

 

Talent Analysis

One of the latest in a growing number of prospects drafted directly from the BCHL, Stefishen was considered a bit of a roll of the dice because while he was highly regarded for his offensive skill leading up to the 2008 draft, his commitment to three-zone play was questioned. After a couple of decent season at Ohio State, Stefishen joined the Prince George Cougars of the WHL, where he showed the scoring touch he displayed in the BCHL. He has decent size and offensive ability, but his defensive skill is still lacking.

 

Future

Stefishen has returned to Canada to play university hockey, most likely signaling an end to his pro hockey career.

 

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