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Jeff Taffe

Jeff Taffe  #23

Left Wing
NUMBER: 23 BIRTHDATE: February 19, 1981
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Hastings, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 207 DRAFTED: STL / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (30th overall)

2011-12 HIGHLIGHTS
*Talled assist, +1 and skated 14:31 at PHX (12/10)
*Posted assist, +2 rating and logged 17:05 at LA (12/8)
*Ranked 3rd on Houston Aeros with 32 points (10-22=32) in 47 games at time of recall (2/15)

Minnesota High School Player of the Year (1999) AHL Second All-Star Team (2013) Rights traded to Phoenix by St. Louis with Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy and St. Louis' 1st round choice (Ben Eager) in 2002 Entry Draft for Keith Tkachuk, March 13, 2001. Traded to NY Rangers by Phoenix for Jamie Lundmark, October 18, 2005. Traded to Phoenix by NY Rangers for Martin Sonnenberg, January 24, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 13, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 6, 2009. Traded to Chicago by Florida for Marty Reasoner, July 22, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 5, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Hershey (AHL), July 2, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Linkoping (Sweden), May 17, 2013.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery