Tortorella said the one thing he knew about Moore is that he is a “terrific” skater.
In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline writes that Moore is a “elite skater” and has a “textbook stride” that indicates he could be playing big minutes for a long, long time.”
Jim Matheson, in the Edmonton Journal, spoke with a scout who said that he would pay to watch Moore skate around the ice.
In the 2011 THN Future Watch, Moore was ranked the 35th overall prospect and third Blue Jackets prospects. They wrote of him, “Moore’s skating ability is special and it will be his ticket to the NHL. It earned him a look this season and will give him a spot in 2011-12. The Blue Jackets were interested to see how the swift, slender Moore would handle the rigors of the pros. The early returns are positive. After a slow start, Moore has been very good against older players, logging heavy minutes. It’s unlikely Moore will ever be a big point producer at the top level, but his mobiliry and puck-movement are made for today’s NHL and are desperately needed in Columbus.”
Eddie Olcyzk said on NBC Sports that Moore is a “really good skater” but still learning the game from the defensive zone. Eddie O added, “he can make that first good outlet pass. He still needs to find and understand coverage but he gets a big opportunity to come to NY. He will bring some offensive ability to the back end.”
Pierre McGuire said on TSN that Moore is a defenseman who is almost as good a skater as Ryan McDonagh.
THIS SECTION is all about John Moore.