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Penguins Sign Jeff Taylor to an Entry-Level Contract

by Pittsburgh Penguins @Penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Jeff Taylor to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The contract will begin with the 2017-18 season and run through the 2018-19 campaign, and it's a two-way deal.

Taylor will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an amateur tryout contract this year.

Taylor, 22, enjoyed a career year as a senior at Union College, helping his team advance to the NCAA Tournament by setting career highs in goals (9) and points (33), while adding 24 assists and posting a plus-15, in 38 games.

A 5-foot-11, 181-pound lefthanded-shooting defenseman, Taylor was an alternate captain this year, and his performance earned him a berth on the All-ECAC Second Team.

Taylor, a native of Albany, New York, finished his collegiate career as the second-highest scoring blueliner in Union history, totaling 92 points (18G-74A) and a plus-33 in 149 career games. He was a key component on Union's 2014 Frozen Four national championship squad.

Pittsburgh's seventh-round (203rd overall) selection in 2014, Taylor was chosen to the All-ECAC Third Team as a sophomore in 2014-15 when he had 31 points and a career-best 27 assists. When he was a freshman, Taylor was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team.

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