When the Rangers traded Marian Gaborik at the trade deadline, John Moore was the player that intrigued me the most in terms of potential. We knew what we were going to get in Dorsett and everyone knew Brassard was a player that had the talent but just never put it all together in terms of consistency.
John Moore though by all accounts possibly had the skills to become a top 4 defenseman in the NHL. Moore has made huge strides with the team since coming over a month ago. He’s fully earned the coaching staff’s trust and was playing all situations. Now that Marc Staal is back in the lineup however, Moore’s role might be reduced a bit. He’s looked good on the power play when given the opportunity so the coaching staff will hopefully stick with him there.
Overall though, Moore has given the Rangers blue line extra depth and Torts can now spread the ice time more evenly. On any given night going forward there shouldn’t be a defenseman on the team that plays less than 15 minutes in a 60 minute game. That is unless a player is benched for bad play of course, but at this stage of the game I don’t see that happening.
Moore is only 22 years old and has a little over a full season worth of NHL experience (102 games including playoffs). Right now he’s very much apart of the core and the sky’s the limit for him going forward. He could very well be the 3rd or 4th best defenseman on the by this time next year. Having Moore on the team can also cope with the potential loss of Marc Staal if he does join his brothers in Carolina in a couple years (don’t go Marc!).
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