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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 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 75 36 31 10 67
J. Thornton 71 14 48 -4 62
L. Couture 75 24 37 -4 61
B. Burns 75 16 39 -5 55
P. Marleau 75 17 35 -17 52
T. Wingels 68 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 75 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 65 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
M. Karlsson 46 13 9 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 1 .902 2.60
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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