Danny Taylor (ice hockey)

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Danny Taylor
Daniel Taylor.jpg
Born (1986-04-28) April 28, 1986 (age 32)
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
KHL team
Former teams
HC Sibir Novosibirsk
Los Angeles Kings
Hamburg Freezers
Calgary Flames
Färjestad BK
HC Dinamo Minsk
Medveščak Zagreb
HC Sparta Praha
Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 221st overall, 2004
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2006–present

Daniel Taylor (born April 28, 1986) is a Canadian[1] professional ice hockey goaltender for HC Sibir Novosibirsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was a seventh round selection of the Los Angeles Kings, 221st overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and appeared in one game for Los Angeles. He has also played for the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators of the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Taylor spent three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League playing for the Guelph Storm and Kingston Frontenacs before moving onto professional hockey. Taylor spent the majority of the 2007–08 season with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. He played in 23 games, posting a 13–5–2 record. He also had a 2.40 GAA, 0.921 save percentage and recorded four shut-outs. He earned a recall to the Kings, and made his NHL debut on March 29, 2008, in relief of starting goaltender Erik Ersberg. Taylor played the third period, giving up two goals in what was a 7–2 loss to the Dallas Stars.[2] Taylor returned to the Monarchs for the 2008–09 season and played 15 games, recording a 7–4–2 record. That year he had a 2.66 GAA and a 0.909 save percentage.

For the 2009–10 season Taylor was signed to a professional try-out agreement by the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. He played in nine games that year for the Crunch, posting a 2–4–0 record before he was released from the agreement.[3] He also had a 3.63 GAA and 0.896 save percentage.

Taylor playing for HC Dinamo Minsk in 2014

The next year, Taylor signed with the Springfield Falcons. Taylor stayed with the team for the 2010–11 season and played in four games, having a 2–2–0 record. He had a 2.35 GAA and a 0.929 save percentage. He played the remainder of the season in Germany with the Hamburg Freezers. Taylor returned to the Falcons for the 2011–12 season. In ten games with Springfield he posted a 5–3–0 record with a 2.58 GAA and a .914 save percentage, but there was a crowded crease in Springfield with Taylor, Manny Legace, and Allen York, and Taylor was bounced out. But it didn't take long for him to get signed as he was picked up by the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL.[4]

On August 10, 2012, Taylor was extended by the Heat to a one-year contract for the 2012–13 season.[5] He was among the AHL's goaltending leaders midway through the season with a second-best GAA of 1.77 and was fourth in save percentage at .930 when an injury to Calgary Flames' goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff led the Flames to sign Taylor to an NHL contract on February 6 and recall him to Calgary.[6] He spent several days with the Flames, but was returned to Abbotsford without seeing action. However, he was again recalled to Calgary on February 16, replacing Leland Irving as the backup goaltender to Joey MacDonald.[7]

Five years after his first NHL game, Taylor finally made his second appearance (and first NHL start) on February 18, 2013, against the Phoenix Coyotes.[8] He made 37 saves, but the Flames lost the game 4–0.[9] In his second start, on March 3, Taylor earned his first NHL victory with a 4–2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.[10]

A free agent following the season, Taylor chose to go to Sweden. He signed a contract to play with Färjestad BK in the SHL for the 2013–14 season[11] and helped the team reach the finals. He then spent the 2014-15 season with HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), before joining fellow KHL side Medvescak Zagreb. In the course of the 2015–16 campaign, he was transferred to Czech outfit HC Sparta Praha.

On July 6, 2016, the Zagreb team announced that Taylor would return for the 2016–17 season.[12] On October 20, 2016, he transferred to fellow KHL side HC Sibir Novosibirsk.[13]

On July 1, 2017, Taylor returned to Canada as a free agent, in agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.[14] Taylor spent most of the season with Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville, but was called up three games before the end of the season and played in the final game of the season against the Boston Bruins.

On April 27, 2018, Taylor returned to Russia and signed with HC Sibir Novosibirsk of the KHL for whom he played before coming to the NHL.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Guelph Storm OHL 26 16 4 3 1462 66 0 2.71 .900 3 1 1 159 9 0 3.40 .857
2004–05 Guelph Storm OHL 31 13 14 3 1821 80 2 2.64 .911 1 0 1 59 4 0 4.07 .900
2005–06 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 57 32 15 6 3319 172 3 3.11 .911 5 2 3 300 14 1 2.80 .918
2006–07 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 17 7 7 2 969 70 0 4.33 .872
2006–07 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 1 0 0 1 62 4 0 3.86 .833
2006–07 Texas Wildcatters ECHL 2 0 1 0 74 2 0 1.61 .905 6 3 1 359 15 0 2.51 .917
2007–08 Manchester Monarchs AHL 23 13 5 2 1275 51 4 2.40 .921
2007–08 Reading Royals ECHL 5 3 0 0 182 8 0 2.63 .917 13 7 6 815 38 1 2.80 .906
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .800
2008–09 Reading Royals ECHL 23 3 17 1 1257 83 0 3.96 .881
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 15 7 4 2 744 33 0 2.66 .909
2009–10 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 37 18 13 5 2181 126 1 3.47 .902
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 9 2 4 0 397 24 0 3.63 .896
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 4 2 2 0 230 9 0 2.35 .929
2010–11 Hamburg Freezers DEL 28 14 14 0 1678 81 1 2.90 .905
2011–12 Springfield Falcons AHL 10 5 3 0 512 22 0 2.58 .914
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 33 17 10 3 1815 67 5 2.21 .927 7 4 3 426 16 0 2.26 .917
2012–13 Abbotsford Heat AHL 40 18 10 2 2108 72 3 2.05 .922
2012–13 Calgary Flames NHL 2 1 1 0 120 6 0 3.00 .912
2013–14 Färjestad BK SHL 16 4 11 0 958 37 0 2.32 .917
2014–15 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL 19 11 6 2 1146 53 1 2.77 .904
2015–16 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 38 16 14 3 2079 79 3 2.28 .924
2015–16 HC Sparta Praha ELH 7 6 1 0 374 16 0 2.57 .904 3 1 2 135 10 0 4.44 .833
2016–17 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 17 7 5 3 968 36 1 2.23 .930
2016–17 HC Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 29 12 11 0 1540 45 5 1.75 .940
2017–18 Belleville Senators AHL 32 11 15 3 1772 93 1 3.15 .900
2017–18 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 1 0 59 4 0 4.14 .882
NHL totals 4 1 2 0 199 12 0 3.63 .893

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goaltender matures as Heat into playoffs". March 4, 2012. Archived from the original on June 8, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sportak, Randy (February 7, 2013). "Taylor-made No. 2". Calgary Sun. p. S2. 
  3. ^ "Falcons sign Tarnasky to PTO". oursportscentral.com. November 10, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Taylor moves to the Heat". oursportscentral.com. December 2, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Heat sign Goaltender Danny Taylor". Abbotsford Heat. August 10, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (February 6, 2013). "Calgary Flames sign Abbotsford Heat goalie Danny Taylor to two way deal after Miikka Kiprusoff injury". Calgary Sun. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Flames recall goalie Taylor, demote Irving". Abbotsford News. February 16, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ Cruickshank, Scott (February 18, 2013). "'We're all pushing for him:' Danny Taylor gets his first start in goal for Flames". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on February 25, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mike Smith stops 29 for 3rd shutout of year as Coyotes snuff Flames". ESPN. February 18, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ Johnson, George (March 4, 2013). "Rookie goalie took the long way". Calgary Herald. p. C1. 
  11. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (May 23, 2013). "Flames goaltender Taylor bolts for Sweden". Calgary Sun. p. S3. 
  12. ^ "Returnees: Taylor and Genoway return to Medvescak". www.medvescak.com. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  13. ^ ""Сибирь" укрепила вратарскую бригаду". Хоккейный клуб «Сибирь». Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  14. ^ "Ottawa Senators sign Danny Taylor to one-year, two-way contract". Sportsnet.ca. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  15. ^ "В "Сибирь" вернулся Дэнни Тэйлор". hcsibir.ru (in Russian). April 27, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2018. 

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