In Camp with the Worcester Sharks: Doherty

Tuesday, 10.2.2012 / 7:59 PM PT / News
By Sarah Peters  - Digital Content Developer
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In Camp with the Worcester Sharks: Doherty


At six feet-seven inches, Taylor Doherty is one of the tallest players in the AHL. The defenseman enters his second full season for the Worcester Sharks, playing 63 games in teal last year. During the 2011-12 season Doherty tallied six assists and 76 penalty minutes for a solid Rookie year in the AHL.

Doherty, a native of Cambridge, Ontario was drafted by the Sharks in the second round (57th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. Before Worcester he played four seasons and 263 games with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL.

“I thought I had a pretty good transition to my first pro year in the AHL. I thought it took some time to adjust to the AHL,” said Doherty. “After I adjusted and got comfortable with my game, I thought I had a really strong second half of the year.”

A large and physical player, Doherty believes credits his size as an advantage. While size and strength may be his strong suit, one thing Doherty feels he can improve on is his skating.

“I have to work on my skating and be as fast as I can and rotate and get back to the puck because I want to be there first,” said Doherty. “I try to use my size to my advantage and when I have the puck I try use my big frame to protect the puck and make smart plays in the defensive zone.”

Although Doherty is one of the bigger players on the ice, he doesn’t seem to have trouble finding the right equipment.

“I notice some things here and there, but with Critter and the other equipment guys in San Jose help me a lot with things fitting properly and my helping get skates the way they should fit,” said Doherty.

With one full season in Worcester under his belt, Doherty feels that playing professional hockey is a dream come.

“Turing into a pro is probably one of the best things that has happened to me so far and I’m really looking forward to making that last jump into being an NHL player,” said Doherty.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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