Thread: Post-Game Talk: Devils 2 Rangers 1 [9/16/2013]
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09-17-2013, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR View Post
Can someone go more in depth about what John Moore did well other than skate? Do you guys think he can ever become a first pairing quality D-man? It's amazing that he's probably our #6 D-man. In fact if you're ranking D-men, MDZ might be our "worst". With everyone healthy we have ridiculous defensive depth. Compare this team's D that 100 point team in 05-06.
Moore showed strong agility, acceleration and top speed, all with the puck on his stick. He also showed a big leap in confidence and willingness to be involved. In fact, I would go beyond willingness and say that he WANTED the puck on his stick and to be the one creating opportunities. He had a couple of nice, strong, confident and - most importantly, to me - decisive rushes where he took the puck from our end into the opposing zone. He also showed good strength and agility on his feet, once shaking a defender behind his own net with a sharp stop and change of direction, which started one of his rushes, and another time, being bumped by a Devil mid stride as he exited our zone with the puck and he just shrugged it off without missing a step and continued carrying the puck up ice. The Devil player may have even gone down as Moore just shrugged the contact off. He also was decisive with the puck on his stick inside the offensive zone, showed his strong shot and made a really, really nice heads up feed to Kristo in the slot which should have tied the game.

I think Moore has mid-pairing potential though. He should be a strong middle pairing guy with, perhaps, more offensive upside than we thought. The truth is, with a shot of his caliber and the skating and size that Moore possesses, how far he rises is really entirely up to how hard he wants to work. You can't teach size, few players skate at his level and the shot is there. He's showing confidence, decision making and vision. If he wants to put the work in, the sky could be the limit. Well, perhaps I shouldn't be too hyperbolic. He'll never be Subban or Pietrangelo, but there's no reason that he can't perhaps live up to the "McDonagh clone" billing. He often looked like McD last night.

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