|Matthew Angelo Taormina
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 pounds
Born: 10.20.86 Washington Township, Michigan
|How he arrived: Signed as an undrafted free agent, 2.26.10
How he left: Signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7.6.12
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Taormina's first full pro season in 09-10 saw him lead the Lowell Devils in assists as he earned his first pro contract
during the season and as Lowell made the playoffs for the first time. So John MacLean knew what kind of skills
Taormina had already entering training camp. In fact, he gave him a long look.
He's not that dissimilar to Andy Greene. He might have a stronger shot than Greene does, but he does have the speed,
puck handling, and passing skills. Both are also about the same size. Truth be told, that might be ultimately why he was
let go. You don't always need two players that similar.
He was billed as a dark horse for making the team for 10-11, but he did, and MacLean had shown confidence in what he
can do with the amount of ice time he was getting.
An ankle injury derailed him, though. It was originally thought to be a sprain, but it was discovered to be something that
needed surgery in January. He would miss the rest of the season ultimately.
He was there at the end to make the team under Peter DeBoer, as well. With the need of rightie shots on the backline,
plus an injury that was described as "middle body" (I'm assuming ribs.), it was decided that he would open the season
Since his departure, he has largely played in the AHL. While his only NHL games since have been with Tampa, he has
also played in both Columbus' system (Springfield Falcons) and San Jose's system (Worcester Sharks).