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Vet Chris Taylor Not Worried About Scoring Slump

Chris Taylor’s 18 year professional hockey career has taught him enough to realize scoring slumps come and go. The Rochester Amerks center does not have a goal in his last nine games. Despite the drought, Rochester coach Benoit Groulx’s confidence in Taylor has not fallen. Groulx commented that, “Five-on-five [Taylor] has been a very reliable player…I don’t think he’s gone down hill at all.” Taylor himself believes that the scoring slump has more to do with his evolving role on the team. When he was a point-a-game player and led the team in scoring three times in a four-year span (2001-02, ’02-03 and ’04-05), he was the No. 1 center on the power play and first over the boards when the team needed a goal. This season, Jamie Johnson has been centering the No. 1 scoring line and Taylor has been used as much in a defensive role as he has for his scoring.