The Dallas Stars continued their custom of combing the WHL for organizational depth today, announcing that they've signed Taylor Peters to a three-year entry level contract.
The 21-year old has played for the Portland Winterhawks for the last six seasons, and has 37 points this year.
"Taylor Peters brings size, good faceoff ability, strong defensive awareness and adds to our organizational depth down the middle," said Joe Nieuwendyk Monday. "We look forward to watching him develop with the Texas Stars next year."
He could be a good defensive option for the Texas Stars next season. It appears as though he was never drafted, and has received a couple of NHL training camp invites in the past (Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins).
Here's the full release from the Stars...
DALLAS STARS SIGN TAYLOR PETERS
TO THREE-YEAR ENTRY LEVEL CONTRACT
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed forward Taylor Peters to a three-year entry level contract, beginning with the 2013-14 season. Peters will remain with his current club, the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL), for the rest of the 2012-13 campaign.
Peters, 21, has skated for the Winterhawks in each of the last six seasons, collecting 111 points (43G-68A) in 313 games.This year, the 6-foot-3, 207-pound forward has earned 37 points (13G-24A), 46 penalty minutes and a plus-24 rating in 62 games for the club. He helped lead his team to WHL Final appearances the last two years and ranks 11th all-time for the Winterhawks in playoff games played (45). In 2011-12, Peters won the team's Best Defensive Player Award and was also named a co-Scholastic Player of the Year.
"Taylor Peters brings size, good faceoff ability, strong defensive awareness and adds to our organizational depth down the middle," said Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "We look forward to watching him develop with the Texas Stars next year."
The Dallas Stars faceoff against the Los Angeles Kings this Thursday, March 7 at Staples Center at 9:30 pm CT (TV: FOX Sports Southwest; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).