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 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
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