LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Taylor Aronson, drafted in the third round by the Nashville Predators, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Nashville Predators Rookie Camp begins on September 10th, so to help you get ready we'll walk our way through the prospects, from youngest to oldest.
Taylor Aronson, Defense - #75
Born: December 30, 1991 From: Placentia, Calif.
Height: 6-1 Weight: 205 Shoots: R
2010-2011 Team: Portland (WHL)
Stats: 71 GP, 5G + 32A = 37 Pts, 81 PIM
Drafted: 2010 3rd round (78) by Nashville
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Aronson was a member of a pretty stacked Portland Winterhawks team which won the WHL's Western Conference in the regular season, and made it to the WHL Championship Final in the playoffs. He was 3rd among defensemen in scoring, behind Joe Morrow (a 1st-round draft pick by Pittsburgh this summer) and Troy Rutkowsi (a 5th-round choice by Colorado in 2010).
In reading through various game recaps (video is hard to come by), it looks like Aronson is a mobile defender who can take advantage of the talent around him and make an impact offensively:
Ponich was often paired with Nashville third rounder Taylor Aronson, which allowed Aronson the ability to jump into the rush and create offensive chances. Aronson is a very gifted skater that also provides Portland with a good shot from the point; proven by the game winning goal on Friday night. Aronson also showed a willingness to mix it up, garnering 6 penalty minutes while going +3 for the weekend.
Arbitrary nickname we'll give him even though he'd probably hate it
"T-Muscle" - OK, I copped out and used a Jersey Shore Nickname Generator I found online, but given his one fight last season, maybe it's appropriate?
It looks like Aronson knows how to pay attention in his own end, scooping a puck off the goal line after it leaked through his goalie:
What's at stake
Now here's a guy with a "make or break" chance during Rookie Camp. He's old enough (by just one day!) to leave junior and play in the AHL, but do the Preds believe that's the best step for him at this time, or does it make more sense to let him play one more season with the Winterhawks?
With 14 defenseman on Nashville's reserve list, it would appear that there may be a spot available for Aronson if he can prove himself worthy.
Your move, T-Muscle.