To say that Taylor Cammarata is talented offensively is doing a disservice to the definition of the word offense. Every step of his hockey career has led to dominant offensive numbers. In two seasons at the prestigious Minnesota high school Shattuck-St. Mary’s which has produced the likes of NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Zach Parise, Taylor scored a mind blowing 163 goals in only 112 games.
He followed that up with gaudy numbers for Waterloo of the USHL. With two seasons under his belt at Waterloo, Taylor produced 162 points in only 119 games. These offensive numbers proved too glaring for Islanders general manager Garth Snow to ignore as the team selected Taylor in the third round of the 2013 NHL entry draft.
Cammarata explained that being drafted by a NHL team was a dream come true and a punctuation point on all the hard work he has done up to this point. “It was amazing. Been my dream since I was a little kid to have a chance to play in the NHL, and being drafted by such a historic organization made it even better.”
Taylor’s summer did not end there as he will be an incoming freshman at the University of Minnesota. Cammarata is already on campus taking summer classes but he was able to break away to still attend the Islanders Rookie Camp in July. He talked about his experience at the rookie camp and how it can help him moving forward. “I only got to go for 2 days because I had class back in Minnesota but while I was there I had a great time. It was pretty big time stuff. I had a great time during the game and learned a lot about what a normal day in the NHL was like.”
As Taylor now moves to the University of Minnesota I asked him what he has in store for him at the college level. “I’ve heard from former teammates who played college last year that the speed is similar to (Canadian) junior but everyone is just stronger on the puck. I’ve been working very hard this summer to get stronger and faster which should help with the adjustment.”
Recently Taylor was invited to the Team USA World Junior evaluation camp where he stood out as one of Team USA’s best players and made the first series of cuts. If he makes this roster he will represent the United State at the World Junior Tournament this winter.
I asked Taylor what type of player Islander fans can expect and who in the NHL does he model his game after. “I’d describe myself as a quick shifty playmaking forward and goal scorer. I like to use my vision and creativity and I’d say my all-around game is similar to a Tyler Ennis. Smaller skillful player.”
While some scouts believe that Taylor’s size is a drawback; Cammarata has continue to succeed at every level. I would expect you will be seeing Taylor’s name quite often on the score sheet for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. After his stay in college look for Taylor to be honing his skills in Bridgeport for the Sound Tigers with a final destination in Long Island playing for the Islanders.
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Photos courtesy of the Associated Press.