26 year old Canadian forward Taylor Stefishen has signed up for the Edinburgh Capitals 2017/18 EIHL campaign.
Taylor joins the club from Dijon in France where he was the top point scorer last season with 39 points in 50 games. This total was impressive when considering it was amassed whilst playing for a club which was relegation threatened through last season.
Stefishen is a surname that is familiar to many, Taylor is younger brother of former Edinburgh Capital Adam Stefishen, a hugely popular player for the club between 2007-2009. Indeed Adam's glowing recommendation of the Capitals and its fans played a big part in the Taylor's decision to join this season.
Taylor Stefishen has had an impressive career to date. Whilst studying at Ohio University (2008-2010) he was selected in the NHL 2008 draft by the Nashville Predators, a highlight for any players career. On leaving Ohio University Taylor spent a season in the WHL with the Prince George Cougars scoring 67 points in 68 games, 2nd on the roster for points.
Between 2011 and 2014 Stefishen studied at the University of Calgary and was voted on to the CIS 2nd All Star team in season 13/14, before turning pro in 2014.
As a pro Taylor has put up good numbers and as a rookie he played for the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL (14/15) scoring 40 points in 58 games - earning himself a call up to the AHL for 10 games by the Texas Stars and Adirondack Flames. The following season (15/16) he remained with the Jackals but also played 22 games in Italy for Sterzing/Vipiteno.
On the signing General Manager Scott Neil said "We have been following Taylor's career for a number of years and we have tried to get him once or twice before. He comes with a reputation of being a solid 2 way forward who can play either wing. He is a creative player who has good vision and versatility. He also plays with grit and edge and will stick up for his teammates."
Head Coach Dmitri Khristich added that "he's adapted well to the European game, he'll be a strong player as I select my first two lines"
As for the player himself, on signing for the club Taylor said "After speaking with the Caps management I think the organization is heading in a positive direction and it's exciting. I believe this will be much improved Edinburgh Capitals team with the hiring of Head Coach Dmitri and the talent already signed, I can't wait to get to work. I think I'm a good 2 way forward with offensive ability and excel on both specialty teams. I've an edge to my game". On brother Adam's influence on his decision to join he commented "My brother loved his time in Edinburgh and he hopes to come back to visit this season. He loved the fans and I think they appreciated the style of game he played. That was a big part of my decision, we never got an opportunity to play with one another but I feel this will be a cool experience for us both to share."