Anyone see this Justin Taylor kid before? He's 17 and was drafted in the 5th round by Belleville in the 2005 OHL draft. Played Jr A this year with 55 pts in 37 games (i think) and in his first OHL game tonight against Peterborough got 4 assists in a 6-4 win.
Is he draft eligible in 2007 draft or 2008 NHL draft?
I'm curious because i've seen him play a few times a few years ago and new he was good, but didn't know how good he'd be at the OHL level and beyond.
Justin Taylor has played the last season and a half with the Wellington Dukes of the OPJHL. The Dukes have been rated in the top 10 in Canada all season and currently hold third place in the 35-team OPJHL. As a 16-year-old last season he was named the teams rookie of the year.
In the 37 games with the Dukes this season, Taylor put up 20 goals, 32 assists and 36 PIM. He started the season as the second-line center, but took over the first-line position around the beginning of November.
Taylor has good wheels, imagination and vision with a high energy level. In the OP his speed made up for a relative lack of physical robustness, so Taylor may find the grind of the bigger, faster bodies in the OHL a bit of a problem. However, Justin is still only 17 and has lots of time to bulk up.
It was rumoured he had at least 3 D1 NCAA offers on the table when the Knights acquired his rights and he made the decision to forgo the US college route in order to play for his hometown Knights.
His departure has left a large hole in the Duke's front line which they will not be able to compensate for this season.
Good luck to Tails in London and let's all hope he doesn't end up getting shuffled off to Jr B.
Any idea where he is ranked for this upcoming draft? I've never even heard of this kid, could be a real steal this year, if someone takes a flyer on him.
Also, any rumours on wether or not London plans on acquiring some depth for a playoff push, since Kitchener and Owen Sound have made moves recently.
Knights did the right thing in laying back this season. Kept there good young players intact and will be the team to beat in the OHL next season. Sarnia and Erie will be the year after that. Taylor will be a good 2nd line player for them and I would imagine was big reason Hasani was traded. Knights depth at center is pretty now with Gagner,McRae,Taylor and Clarke - with all returning next year.