Player Name: John Moore
Games Played: 74
Goals: 4 (Two Game Winners)
Shots Blocked: 57
Strengths: John Moore is young and he has a world of potential behind him, he’s big, fast and can shoot the puck. Moore definitely plays an offensive style of game that wasn’t fully appreciated with a partner like Michael Del Zotto who was essentially the same player as Moore. However now that Moore has Kevin Klein as a defensive partner he’s allowed to skate the puck and join the play without worrying about a defensive liability to his right, Klein is a solid and stable defenseman and will more often stay at home which allows Moore to be offensive. I expect that one day Moore will have a breakout season much similar to the one Ryan McDonagh had this season. I think Moore’s biggest strength is also his biggest weakness (his youth), on the positive side his enthusiasm is something the Rangers definitely need going into the playoffs.
Weaknesses: As I said his youth definitely is a weakness, while he’s 23 years old, he has only three years of experience in the NHL, and this one is the only season where he’s played more than 65 games. He’s played better since receiving Klein as a partner, but has some growing to do before he can be considered a legitimate defense man in this league, the playoffs will definitely be a learning experience for him, but essentially everything up to this point is.
Post Season Prediction: I expect John Moore to have an average post season, I don’t think he will do horrible but I don’t think he will be spectacular. I expect him to give it his all and play his very best with Klein on his right. If he can put up some points it would be huge for the Rangers but I would not be surprised if he wasn’t often on the score sheet.