Alumni Profile: Danny Taylor
Danny Taylor didn’t wear a Frontenacs jersey for an extended amount of time, but for the time he did he made it memorable for Fronts fans.
The product of Plymouth, England was acquired by the Frontenacs for the 2005-06 season from the Guelph Storm. He came to Kingston with solid numbers as a member of the Storm having 29 wins in 57 games over two seasons. The Kingston Frontenacs gave Taylor his first opportunity to be a clear-cut starter in the OHL, and he did not disappoint.
Taylor played in 57 of 68 games for the Frontenacs that season. He had an impressive record of 32-15-6. His 3.11 GAA helped the Fronts to a 2nd place finish in the division which earned the team home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. The Frontenacs faced the Sudbury Wolves in the 4 vs. 5 match-up in the first round. Sudbury won the series 4-2 ending the Frontenacs season.
After just one season in Kingston, the LA Kings, who drafted Taylor 221st overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, decided to have him play in the ECHL rather than have him return to junior hockey for another year. His time in Kingston came to an end, and his professional career had started.
In his first year as a pro, Taylor saw action with three different teams in the ECHL. Although it was hard to find consistency with so much movement, he was able to impress the Kings organization enough to play most of his second year at the AHL level.
The Manchester Monarchs were home for Danny Taylor for the 2007-08 season. He appeared in 23 games and had a very solid 13-5-2 record with an impressive 2.40 GAA. Those numbers were good enough to get his first NHL call up. On March 29, 2008, Taylor made his first NHL appearance against the Dallas Stars in relief of starting goaltender Erik Ersberg.
It would be a long time before he saw the NHL ice again. He bounced around the AHL and ECHL, and even spent a year in the DEL with the Hamburg Freezers, before finding a home in Abbotsford of the AHL during the 2011-12 season. At the end of that season Abbotsford extended Taylor’s contract for another season, and that was a move that would lead him back to the NHL.
Midway through the 2012-13 season Taylor was near the top of all the goaltending categories in the AHL. When Miikka Kiprusoff suffered an injury with the Calgary Flames, Taylor was offered an NHL contract and called up immediately. He would be sent down and called up once more before seeing any game time, but nearly five years after his first NHL game, Taylor made his second NHL appearance, again, a relief appearance. However, that would not be his only opportunity. Taylor got his first NHL start on February 18, 2013 against the Phoenix Coyotes. He made 37 saves, but the Flames lost 4-0. A couple of weeks later he heard is name called again to start for the Flames and this time earned his first NHL career win over the Vancouver Canucks.
When the season ended, Taylor found himself without a contract again. He spent the majority of the next 5 years playing in Europe, mostly the KHL. When the Ottawa Senators moved their affiliate team to Belleville for the 2017-18 season, it provided an opportunity for Danny to sign closer to home.
The Ottawa Senators signed Danny Taylor to a two-way contract on Canada Day of 2017. He was a stabilizing factor for the Belleville Senators on the ice for their inaugural season. At the end of the year, the Ottawa Senators rewarded Taylor with a call up and he faced the Boston Bruins for the final game of the 2017-18 NHL season. The Bruins defeated the Senators 5-2 with Taylor making 30 saves in the loss.
Danny Taylor will continue his career next season when he will return to the KHL after signing with HC Sibir Novosibirsk on April 27, 2018.