Defenseman Taylor signs with Falcons

The Springfield Falcons announced today that they have signed defenseman Jake Taylor to a two-year American Hockey League contract.

Taylor, 24, joins the Falcons after spending most of his first four professional seasons with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. He contributed 13 points (3-10-13) and a plus-15 rating in 77 games for Hartford in 2007-08.

The 6-4, 225-pound native of Rochester, Minn., ranked second on the Wolf Pack last year in games played by a defenseman, and he finished fourth overall on the team with 129 penalty minutes.

Originally drafted by the New York Rangers in 2002, Taylor (pictured) has appeared in 201 career AHL contests – all with Hartford – collecting four goals and 25 assists for 29 points and 442 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, Taylor spent the 2003-04 campaign with the University of Minnesota, where he helped lead the Golden Gophers to a WCHA tournament championship.