Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Taffe
Jeff Taffe was born February 19, 1981 in Hastings, Minnesota. The first round, 30th overall selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Taffe is a graduate of the WCHA's University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

A standout player for Hastings High School, Taffe was named the Minnesota High School Player of the Year in 1999 after recording 90 points (39-51-90) in only 28 games. Taffe joined the University of Minnesota in 99-2000 and spent three seasons with the team increasing his offensive production each season. In his final season with the Golden Gophers, the Hastings, Minnesota native scored 34 goals and finished with 58 points while leading his team to the 2002 NCAA Championship.

St. Louis' first pick in the 2000 draft, Taffe wouldn't get the opportunity to skate for the Blues instead he was dealt to the Pheonix Coyotes at the trading deadline in 2001. After three seasons at the University of Minnesota, Taffe joined the AHL's Springfield Falcons in 2002-03 and registered 49 points (23-26-49) in 57 games while seeing limited action with the parent club in Phoenix.

In 2003-04, Taffe continued to hone his skills in the AHL, however spent most the season with the Coyotes. Early in the 2005-06 season, Taffe was acquired by the New York Rangers.

As a member of the New York Rangers, Taffe would spend the majority of his season with the club's AHL affiliate in Hartford before being traded back to Phoenix. In 26 games with the Coyotes, Taffe registered six points before signing a two-year contract with the Pittsburg Penguins in the summer of 2007

On the international stage, Taffe represented the U.S. at the World Junior Championships (2000-2001).

In the summer of 2009, Taffe signed on with the Florida Panthers as an unrestricted free agent.

After just one year in Florida Taffe was traded by the Panthers to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Marty Reasoner.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Hastings Raiders High-MN 25 21 37 58
1997-98 Hastings Raiders High-MN 28 37 29 66
1998-99 Hastings Raiders High-MN 28 39 51 90
1998-99 Rochester Mustangs USHL 17 12 9 21 26
1998-99 United States WJ18-A 6 3 2 5 29
1999-00 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 10 10 20 22
1999-00 United States WJC-A 7 1 4 5 2 +1
2000-01 University of Minnesota WCHA 38 12 23 35 56
2000-01 United States WJC-A 7 6 2 8 6 +1
2001-02 University of Minnesota WCHA 43 34 24 58 86
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 20 3 1 4 4 -4
2002-03 Springfield Falcons AHL 57 23 26 49 44 -13 5 0 3 3 8
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 8 10 18 20 -8
2003-04 Springfield Falcons AHL 15 10 6 16 19 -3
2004-05 Utah Grizzlies AHL 27 9 10 19 35 -19
2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 36 6 16 22 34 -6
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 33 5 6 11 29 -13
2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 17 4 2 6 2 -7
2006-07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 59 20 20 40 22 -12
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 5 7 12 8 +2
2007-08 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 27 11 10 21 22 -1
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 0 2 2 2 -4
2008-09 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 74 25 50 75 65 +14 12 5 6 11 22
2009-10 Florida Panthers NHL 21 1 1 2 4 -1
2009-10 Rochester Americans AHL 61 28 28 56 47 0 7 1 6 7 9
2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Rockford IceHogs AHL 74 30 37 67 22 +10
2011-12 Minnesota Wild NHL 5 0 2 2 0 +2
2011-12 Houston Aeros AHL 70 18 35 53 16 -13 4 0 0 0 0
2012-13 Hershey Bears AHL 73 18 53 71 27 0 5 0 4 4 2
2013-14 Hershey Bears AHL 75 21 26 47 23 -20
NHL Totals 180 21 25 46 40


Minnesota High School Player of the Year (1999) AHL Second All-Star Team (2013) Rights traded to Phoenix by St. Louis with Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy and St. Louis' 1st round choice (Ben Eager) in 2002 Entry Draft for Keith Tkachuk, March 13, 2001. Traded to NY Rangers by Phoenix for Jamie Lundmark, October 18, 2005. Traded to Phoenix by NY Rangers for Martin Sonnenberg, January 24, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 13, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 6, 2009. Traded to Chicago by Florida for Marty Reasoner, July 22, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 5, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Hershey (AHL), July 2, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Linkoping (Sweden), July 22, 2014.