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04-05-2013, 12:30 PM
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: about last summer.
As with the Brassard and Dorsett threads here is the Moore version:
MAY 31, 2012
Report Card: Moore
The latest in our post-season Blue Jackets player report cards:
Contract status: Signed through 2013-14
Year in review: Moore has not been brought along in an ideal manner early in his career. He’s been “fed” the pro game like a whole watermelon, but it’s a credit to the him that he’s emerged, seemingly, with his game and his psyche intact. … The Blue Jackets expected Moore to spend 2011-12 with AHL Springfield, to build off his strong finish to the previous season and sharpen his game in the defensive zone. Instead, he played more games (67) in Columbus than any other defenseman. … What you notice immediately about Moore is his mobility, his effortless and fluid skating stride. It’s a sight to behold, and he’ll one day be regarded as one of the top 10 “skating” defensemen in the league. Mark it down. … Moore had two goals, five assists and a minus-23 rating, but his plus-minus ratio was really a tale of two seasons. He was minus-3 in the first 41 games, respectable given how horrible the club was to that point. But he was minus-20 in the final 41, suggesting the gas tank was low. … There were noticeable strides made by Moore in his own zone, especially in the first half of the season. He did not get overwhelmed when pressured, and he seemed to want to carry the puck most nights. … Moore had only one point – an assists – in the final 26 games of the season. … When he left Nationwide Arena after this season, there was an understanding by Moore than he needs to continue developing his physique, to get stronger in his chest and trunk. He’s going to be a big-minute defensemen with that skating stride. … Will he ever put up big points in the NHL? Most scouts don’t think he’ll be more than a 30-40 points guy. No shame in that, of course. But his value will be realized most by those who watch him night in, night out. He should be a slightly better version of Jordan Leopold. … Two seasons ago, Moore was given a baptism by fire with AHL Springfield. He and a cluster of other young defensemen made their pro debuts without a coach on staff that had ever played defense. … Through it all, Moore remains one of the most kind, earnest and polite pro athletes imagineable.
Career trajectory: Onward, upward
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