By Don Fulton
Los Angeles Daily News
Chances are that if you were traveling to and from Los Angeles to Reading, Pa. in March and April this year you likely encountered goalie Danny Taylor.
Taylor, 22, spent a good amount of time in the air between the two cities in late March and early April, as the Kings and their ECHL affiliate in Reading worked feverishly to get the goaltender in enough games to make him eligible for post season play for the Royals. In all, Taylor experienced no fewer than three recalls to the Kings and three reassignments to Reading in 10 days.
But waiting around in airports was nothing compared to waiting around for playing time, which is exactly what Taylor had to do at the beginning of the hockey season, as there was no open spot for him at any level, be it National Hockey League, ECHL or for the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs.
In October and November Taylor was relegated to the role of back-up, or in some instances the third goalie for the Royals or Monarchs. In Reading, Taylor found himself backing up goalies Jonathan Quick or Jeff Pietrasiak, while in Manchester there was the three headed monster of Quick, Erik Ersberg and the rehabilitating Dan Cloutier.
Taylor ultimately got his chance to play some games for the Royals in December, going 3-0 with a goals-against of 2.64 and a save percentage of .917. He then found his way to Manchester where he got into 23 games, posting a 13-5 record and was named the league’s goaltender of the month in January for putting together an incredible shutout streak of 190:36.