Saturday, June 28, 2014

Taylor drafted by Penguins in NHL Entry Draft

by Ryan Fay

Union rising sophomore defenseman Jeff Taylor was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.

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Taylor, a native of Clifton Park, was taken with the 203rd overall pick.

"It's a tremendous honor for Jeff and a result of the hard work and dedication he has put into this program," said Union head coach Rick Bennett. "Jeff will be an integral part of our defense next year and we look forward to seeing his progression as a player."

The 20-year-old registered three goals and 13 assists in 41 games this past season to help lead Union to its first NCAA championship. He ranked sixth on the Dutchmen with a plus-20 rating and was named to the ECAC Hockey Media Association All-Rookie team.

Taylor is the tenth player in program history to be drafted by an NHL team and the first to be selected by the Penguins.

UNION COLLEGE NHL DRAFT HISTORY

Jeff Taylor - D, 7th round (#203), PIT, 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Shayne Gostisbehere – D, 3rd Round (#78), PHI, 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Tim Boyle - D, 4th Round (#106), OTT, 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Justin Mrazek - G, 8th Round (#230), WSH, 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Brandon Snee - G, 5th Round (#143), NYR, 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Reid Simonton - D, QUE, 1994 NHL Supplemental Draft
Bill Sedergren, D (#207), CAL, 1987 NHL Entry Draft
Steve Baker - G, (#44), NYR, 1977 NHL Entry Draft
Kip Churchill - F, (#141), DET, 1977 NHL Entry Draft
Dean Willers - F, (#175), DET, 1977 NHL Entry Draft

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