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ECAC Honors Pens' Prospects Jeff Taylor, Sam Lafferty

by Pittsburgh Penguins @Penguins / Media Release

Defenseman Jeff Taylor and forward Sam Lafferty were rewarded by the ECAC conference for outstanding NCAA seasons this past year.

Taylor, a senior at Union College, was selected to the All-ECAC Second Team after netting 32 points (9G-23A), including six power-play goals and four shorthanded markers, in 36 games thus far.


The 22-year-old blueliner has been on a strong run, notching points in five of his last seven games (1G-8A-9PTS) heading into Union's ECAC semifinal game against Cornell (which features Pens' prospect Anthony Angello) on Friday night.

Taylor has produced the second-highest all-time point total among defensemen in Union College history with 91 (18G-73A) in 147 contests. His 32 points this year established a career high, one more than the 31 he had as a sophomore in 2014-15.

Lafferty, who led Brown University in scoring this year with 35 points (13G-22A) in 31 games, was chosen by the league's coaches to the All-ECAC Third Team. 

A junior, Lafferty tacks this honor onto his previous achievements, which include being selected to the All-Ivy Second Team and being named a finalist for the Walter Brown Award, which is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.

Lafferty was Pittsburgh's fourth-round (113th overall) selection back in the 2014 NHL Draft, and Taylor was chosen in the seventh-round (203rd overall) that same year.

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