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FUTURE WATCH: Taylor Fedun

Fedun has short stay with Barons, returns to Princeton to build hovercraft

Thursday, 24.03.2011 / 12:57 PM / Future Watch
By Chris Wescott  - edmontonoilers.com
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FUTURE WATCH: Taylor Fedun
Taylor Fedun (Photo courtesy of Beverly Schaefer / Princeton University)

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Edmonton native Taylor Fedun signed a two-year contract with the Oilers’ organization on March 8. The 6-1, 210 pound defenseman couldn’t be happier to get a chance with his childhood team.

“You’d hate to use a cliché but it really is a dream come true,” Fedun said. “To grow up in the city of Edmonton, to look up to the Oilers your entire life, to have the opportunity to be a part of the organization is something that I think is really special and one I’m really excited about.”

Fedun spent time with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League, but has yet to appear in his first professional game. He was released from his ATO on March 23, and will return to Princeton University where he appeared in 127 games, recording 68 points (20-48-68) and 154 penalty minutes this past season.

Fedun’s best collegiate season came during his senior campaign, when he scored a career high 10 goals and added 12 assists in 29 games.

The blueliner is part of the Princeton Class of 2011 which will graduate as the winningest class in program history with 72 wins in four seasons. Fedun will also graduate as one of the more recognized defenseman in recent Princeton history.

As a senior, Fedun became just the third defenseman in the last 40 years to score double figures in goals. 

“It’s quite an honor. It’s something that I didn’t really know much about until it had happened and it’s such a storied past with the program so it’s quite an honor to be in that type of elite company.”

Fedun, a captain in his final season, was also named first-team All-Ivy League as a senior.

“Again, that was another huge honor. The Ivy League, I don’t think it gets a ton of press for NCAA hockey but… the Ivy League games, there’s always a little bit extra in those ones. There’s always rivalries, every time it’s an Ivy League game it’s always a big one so that was really nice.”

The soon-to-be Princeton grad’s favorite collegiate memory came early in his career there.

“That would definitely have to be freshman year when we were able to win the ECAC championship. To see the guys who had put the four years in, and how much it meant to them, it truly was a spectacular moment.”

Fedun returns to Princeton, where he will finish off his final semester with the Tigers.
 
“Academically I should be done at the end of this semester,” Fedun said. “I just have a few more courses that I need to take care of as well as senior thesis, which is required of all undergraduates at Princeton. So unfortunately, it’s some hands on work that I need to be right on campus for. So I need to go back for that.”

As well as his theses, Fedun also has an intriguing senior project.

“The goal of the project is to build a hovercraft. We’ve actually been working on building some smaller models and in the next month here we’re hoping to ramp it up and make something a little bigger that we can drive around on.”

Fedun will not see the ice for the Barons or Oilers this season, but he will stay in shape and look forward to being a productive member of his favorite childhood organization next season.

“I think you’ll see someone who competes very hard, looks to make a good first pass out of the ‘D-zone’ and when the opportunity arises. Likes to jump up in the play and try to make some things happen.”



Author: Chris Wescott | Oklahoma City Barons

 
2010-11 OILERS PROSPECT STATS

Forwards
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Cameron Abney   19 60 7 13 20 -3 72 Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
mark arcobello
22 18 7 5 12 E 0 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Alexander Bumagin   23 39 6 5 11 -9 24 Novokuznetsk (KHL)
Philippe Cornet   20 52 6 10 16 +2 8 Oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   18 68 14 29 43 +9 78 kootenay ice (WHL)
Robby Dee   23 36 13 22 32 N/A 26 university of maine (h-east)
Jesse Gimblett * 26 43 13 9 22 +2 98 stockton thunder (echl)
Alexandre Giroux  *
29 63 29 38 67 -3 59 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Curtis Hamilton   19 62 26 56 82 +48 22 saskatoon blades (whl)
Teemu Hartikainen  *
20 66 17 25 42 -1 27 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kellen Jones   20 38 8 14 22 N/A 33 quinnipiac university (ecac)
Milan Kytnar   21 60 7 12 19 -1 31 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Anton Lander   19 49 11 15 26 -5 38 timra ik (sel)
Matt Marquardt   23 59 5 7 12 -9 20 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan Martindale   18 65 34 49 83 +38 28 ottawa 67's (ohl)
Colin McDonald   26 72 32 14 46 -4 57 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Brad Moran   31 72 19 44 63 -3 34 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan O'Marra *
23 53 2 20 22 +9 49 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Linus Omark  *
24 26 14 17 31 +7 32 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ben Ondrus   28 76 6 13 19 -10 68 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kristians Pelss   18 61 14 19 33 +14 29 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Tyler Pitlick   19 56 27 35 62 +4 31 medicine hat tigets (whl)
Toni Rajala   19 44 9 13 22 -4 4 ilves tampere (fnl)
Liam Reddox *
24 37 18 15 33 +14 16 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Gregory Stewart   24 66 6 8 14 -10 94 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Chris VandeVelde   23 67 12 4 16 -17 45 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Defencemen
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
KEVIN MONTGOMERY
22 60 3 20 23 -1 40 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jordan Bendfeld   22 31 1 3 4 E 75 stockton thunder (echl)
Kyle Bigos   21 32 1 6 7 N/A 125 merrimack college (h-east)
Jeremie Blain   18 40 2 35 37 +17 48 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)
Taylor Chorney *
23 46 3 13 16 E 22 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Brandon Davidson   19 72 8 43 51 -5 71 regina pats (whl)
Troy Hesketh   19 28 0 1 1 -11 32 sioux city musketeers (ushl)
Martin Marincin   18 67 14 42 56 -12 65 prince george cougars (whl)
Johan Motin   21 40 1 3 4 +8 37 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Richard Petiot
28 58 0 13 13 +10 44 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jeff Petry *
23 41 7 17 24 -6 18 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Alex Plante
21 65 1 13 14 +6 118 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Goalies
Name Age GP W L T SO GAA PCT Team
Tyler Bunz   18 56 35 13 8 3 2.47 .919 medicine hat tigers (whl)
Jeff Deslauriers   26 30 13 12 4 0 3.06 .900 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Martin Gerber
36 41 20 15 4 4 2.51 .914 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Bryan Pitton 
22 34 18 10 4 0 2.90 .901 stockton thunder (echl)
Olivier Roy   19 45 29 13 2 2 2.79 .911 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)



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