Technically, defenseman Jeff Taylor has already earned his first NHL call-up.
Pittsburgh recalled Taylor in a paper transaction for a day back in October after Justin Schultz's injury. Taylor's contract, when added to the active roster, allowed the Penguins to receive the most cap relief when they placed Schultz on long-term injured reserve.
Taylor didn't have to report to Pittsburgh, but that doesn't mean he didn't get anything out of the experience.
"(Clark Donatelli) called me in and was just like, 'Congrats! You got called-up ... on paper,'" Taylor told me this week. "I didn't have to go to the rink (in Wilkes-Barre). I couldn't go to the rink that day because technically you're not allowed to practice with the team. I got a nice paid day off, I wasn't complaining."
Taylor still earned an NHL paycheck for his non-services that day -- about $4,000. Not a bad day off work.
Now in his second full professional season, Taylor is working on growing all areas of his game so he can hopefully earn that call for real one day.