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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 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89