Taylor Doherty
Image: NHL

Taylor Doherty


Cambridge Ontario

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:









2nd round (57th overall), 2009


235 lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream

2007-08: This was Taylor Doherty’s first season as an OHL blueliner. In 64 games with Kingston, he racked up six goals and 14 assists for a total of 20 points. However, he made his presence known in other ways, recording a total of 118 PIM during the season.

2008-09: In his sophomore season with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), Doherty’s numbers haven’t improved much from last season. In 68 games with the club, the towering defenseman put up 20 points (2g+18a) while compiling 140 PIM.  He played in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game.

2009-10: Could and should be considered a break out season for towering defenseman Taylor Doherty. Doherty doubled his point production for the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), notching 44 points, including 16 goals which doubled his goal totals in his first two seasons combined. Doherty also played a more disciplined game, lowering his PIM totals to 114. Doherty was beastly for the Frontenacs during their short playoff run, scoring at a point-per-game pace through 5 playoff games.

2010-11: Doherty made his pro debut in three late season games with the Worcester Sharks after captaining the Kingston Frontenacs in his fourth OHL season. He was scoreless and -1 with Worcester. In 68 regular season games with Kingston, Doherty logged loads of ice time and scored 14 goals with 39 assists. He finished the season -19 with 86 PMs. Kingston won just 29 games but reached the playoffs after finishing third in the East Division. In the five game series with Oshawa, Doherty was -3 with 3 assists and 12 PMs.

2011-12: Doherty played with the Sharks’ AHL affiliate in Worcester and, after having an excellent final season at the junior level, the big defender had the struggles many 20-year-olds have in their first season in pro hockey. He was caught out of position all over the ice at times while being late to react to the play. The rookie defenseman had 6 assists and was plus-two rating while taking 76 PIMs (four fighting majors) in 63 AHL games. Worcester missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the Atlantic Division.

2012-13: A pair of injuries – including an Achilles injury in mid-season that kept him out 15 games – limited Doherty to 40 games with San Jose’s AHL affiliate in Worcester in his second pro season. He scored 1 goal with 9 assists and was -2 with 67 penalty minutes. Worcester missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division.



Talent Analysis

There are always skating issues for tall players but even more for defensemen, as the speed of game increases Doherty has trouble with his skating. The big man has problems pivoting both ways, poor balance and lacks the speed to be a top-two defenseman at the NHL level at this time. The big blueliner will need to work heavily on his skating and physicality but it will still takes two to three years at the AHL level to hopefully see improvement if he's going to develop into an NHL caliber defenseman. His projection is more likely to be a big, physical shutdown defenseman with some offense if he makes the NHL.



Doherty might get an invitation to the Sharks main camp this year, but more as a tool for development rather than actually desiring his services at this time. He will likely be assigned back to Worcester where he will look to carry on his improving play from last season. The towering defenseman is considered a long term project but still projects as an NHL caliber shutdown defenseman.


The San Jose Sharks lack bite at the AHL level

by Craig Fischer
Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Chris Tierney is playing intelligent two-way hockey for the Worcester Sharks (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Chris Tierney is playing intelligent two-way hockey for the Worcester Sharks (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)


Despite a big overhaul during the off-season and a mandate for change, the Worcester Sharks continue to struggle with the consistency and scoring issues that have plagued the organization for years.

Read more»

San Jose Sharks have high-end talent but little depth

by Craig Fischer
San Jose Sharks v Nashville Predators

Photo: Freddie Hamilton has NHL-caliber skill, but a poor training camp has relegated him to the AHL for now. (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)


The first few weeks of the the 2014-15 season have provided an early glimpse of what San Jose Shark fans can expect going forward during the youth movement in San Jose. General manager Doug Wilson has not shied away from injecting young, inexperienced players into his roster. Read more»

Hertl, Tierney lead San Jose Sharks Fall 2014 Top 20

by Craig Fischer
Photo: (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Photo: Tomas Hertl scored 25 points in 37 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2013-14, his rookie season. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)


The San Jose Sharks offseason has been met with a great deal of criticism. Much has been said about general manager Doug Wilson and his idea of a rebuild. His self-described “tomorrow team” looks surprisingly similar to yesterday’s team. That is, until you look at all of the changes that happened within the prospect ranks.

Read more»

Tomas Hertl maintains first spot in San Jose Sharks Top 20

by Craig Fischer

Tomas Hertl - San Jose Sharks

Photo: Tomas Hertl was on pace to graduate to the NHL in 2013-14 but suffered a knee injury in December (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)

The San Jose Sharks had ample opportunity heading into the 2014 trade deadline to acquire a piece to help them with their quest for a cup. Many speculated that the Sharks would mortgage their future to rise up next to the conference’s best.

Read more»

San Jose Sharks have little to show from 2009 NHL Draft

by Craig Fischer

Taylor Doherty - San Jose Sharks

Photo: Defenseman Taylor Doherty, currently skating in AHL Worcester, is one of two draft picks from the Sharks 2009 class that is still part of the organization (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The 2008-09 Season was one of great hope for the San Jose faithful. The team finished the regular season with 117 points, a franchise record, and good enough to win their first and only Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s best team after 82 games.

Read more»