The Dallas Stars have announced the signing of Portland Winterhawks center, Taylor Peters, to a 3-year entry level contract.  Peters will remain in Portland where he will finish out the season.  It is then expected he will make the transition to Cedar Park with the Texas Stars as soon as possible.

Below is the press release from the Stars that gives a little insight to Taylor’s background and General Manager, Joe Nieuwendyk’s impression of the young future-Star:

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed forward Taylor Peters to a three-year entry level contract, beginning with the 2013-14 season. Peters will remain with his current club, the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL), for the rest of the 2012-13 campaign.

Peters, 21, has skated for the Winterhawks in each of the last six seasons, collecting 111 points (43G-68A) in 313 games.This year, the 6-foot-3, 207-pound forward has earned 37 points (13G-24A), 46 penalty minutes and a plus-24 rating in 62 games for the club. He helped lead his team to WHL Final appearances the last two years and ranks 11th all-time for the Winterhawks in playoff games played (45). In 2011-12, Peters won the team's Best Defensive Player Award and was also named a co-Scholastic Player of the Year.

"Taylor Peters brings size, good faceoff ability, strong defensive awareness and adds to our organizational depth down the middle," said Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "We look forward to watching him develop with the Texas Stars next year."

According to the Winterhawk’s website, coming into the 2012-2013 campaign, Peters ranked 19th all time in games played with 251.  He’s well on his way to that figure, having played in 62 games so far this season. 

It appears that this might be a signing similar to that of Antoine Rousell who has impressed the Stars front office with his tenacity and scoring touch.  Taylor is a big body who will find himself in front of the net and in the face of the opponent as he’s amassed 209 PIMS in his six seasons with Portland.