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.