Forward- fourth line center, Penalty Kill
Weight- 192 lbs.
Season Numbers: 2013-2014
Games Played- 73
Avg TOI- 11:42
Penalty Minutes- 18
Blocked shots- 24
Moore’s strengths have been his versatility, consistency, and overcoming adversity. His contributions to the success of the team are far more than goals and his assists. Head coach Alain Vigneault’s decision to put him at center with Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett was suspect to many, at first. However, the decision paid off. The fourth line became a spark plug for the team. Their relentless pursuit of the puck, willingness to get in the dirty areas, crash the net, and move bodies made this line a force to be reckon with. Moore was a catalyst of that mentality. Also, he was a member of the Rangers’ penalty kill unit. According to Yahoo.com, New York had the third best penalty kill unit in the NHL with 85.3%. Perhaps, this comes from his experience with adversity. Whether it was his older brother’s injury which cut short his NHL dreams or the loss of his wife, Moore had inspirations to draw from. Those gave him the willingness to overcome all odds, no matter the situation.
The one thing I would say Dominic Moore may need to improve is his leadership. Being one of the elder statesman on the team, he has a lot to offer, by way of experience and advice. Let it out, Dominic!
Post Season Prediction:
He is my “dark horse” for the Rangers. I feel he will contribute more than what you will expect. Watch him come up with a timely goal, hustle to a loose puck, or bang a body or two. These hockey virtues are hallmarks of the New York Rangers. I expect him to lead by example.