Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.
14. John Moore – Winnetka, ILL – 6’2″ – 180 lbs – USHL – Chicago – D
One-Timer: An intriguing combination complete package of skills and size. Out of the USHL, will he be the John Carlson of this year’s draft? I read that Moore cites Scott Niedermayer as a major influence, and considers himself a puck-moving defenseman. He also play a relentless physical game and should be a gem if he the whole delevops from the sum of his parts. His skating is what truly gets scouts energized and eager to draft this kid. He finished with 39 points in 57 games in the relatively low-scoring USHL. He was also named USHL defenseman of the year.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Scott Niedermayer-Lite
Scouting Combine Performance:
- Sorkin stated Moore: “Looked good physically, great attitude, and apparently can skate like the wind. I think his stock is gonna keep rising right up until the draft, should be a good one.”
International Tournaments: As per NHL.com: “Won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2008 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge, adding two assists in five games in his first international hockey experience.”
ETA = 3 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 2/5 Reward = 4.5/5
NHL Potential: 1st pairing two-way blueliner
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8.5/10 Defensive = 8/10
- ISS: 16
- CSB: 6-NA
- TSN: 15
- THN: 18
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