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John Taft
John Taft
Defenseman
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Born: May 8, 1954
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, United States
Drafted: DET / 1974 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 5th (81st overall)
Defenseman John Taft played 15 games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1978-79. He was a fine passer who could also play effectively in his own end. The bulk of his pro career took place in the minors and he was also a reliable international player for the USA.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Taft spent three years at the University of Wisconsin before signing on with the US national team. He spent nearly two years on the squad and took part in the 1974, B" Pool World tourney, the 1975 World Championships and the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics before returning for one last year of college. In 1974 he was named to the "B" Pool World Championship all-star team after helping the US claim the title. In 1977 he was named to the WCHA second all-star team and was placed on the NCAA championship all-tournament team.

Drafted 81st overall by Detroit in 1974, Taft made his pro debut with the CHL's Kansas City Red Wings in 1977-78. He recorded a couple of assists and was a +2 two in 15 games for Detroit in 1978-79 and notched a personal best 32 points for KC. He played the rest of his pro career in the minors and helped the Salt Lake Golden Eagles win the CHL title in 1981 and retired in 1983.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80