In 2009, when he was about to get drafted, John Moore was ranked sixth overall by NHL Central Scouting. The first thing mentioned in his scouting report is that he is a “world class skater” and his first two strides are like Hockey Hall of Famer Paul Coffey’s.
When asked about Moore, John Tortorella said recently that he loves the way that Moore skates and the “balls” he has when he makes some of his plays on the ice.
Because of the way that he skates and their numbers, Tortorella said that he sometimes thinks he is watching Ryan McDonagh when he sees Moore on the ice.
Tortorella said that Moore is a “clone” of McDonagh.
He adds that Moore has been very coachable and trying to make strides as a player since coming to the Rangers.
When asked about the comparison to McDonagh, Moore said that he looks up to McDonagh both on the ice and also off the ice in how McDonagh handles himself and approaches the game every day.
On Moore, Dave Maloney said on MSG, “this is a guy that just needs to play. He skates so well and whatever mistakes he makes he can make up with his skating. He reminds me in some ways of Ryan McDonagh.
In an interview from 2010, former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said that John Moore is a defenseman who can play in all situations, a lot of minutes and settle into a top-four defenseman at the NHL level.
Howson drafted Moore in the first round of the 2009 draft and played 69 games with the Blue Jackets heading into this season.
This year he played 17 games and was a minus five before being traded to the Rangers, where in 13 games he had a goal, five assists and was a plus nine.
Moore said that he worked as hard as he could in Columbus but wasn’t getting the opportunities to play in the NHL or play important minutes. He said that he came to the Rangers with an open mind and feels like he is getting better every day. He added that he is trying to run with the opportunities he is presented.
He told the NY Times that he isn’t looking back too much on his time in Columbus and he is happy for the chances he got with the Rangers last year.
Derick Brassard said that he was hoping to see Moore get a chance with the Rangers because he saw how hard he was working in Columbus and knew that he deserved to be playing.
During the playoffs, Marc Staal told CBC, that Moore is smart, quick and after watching him play his first game knew that he was going to be a great player.
In the series against Boston, former Rangers coach John Tortorella said he loves that Moore isn’t afraid to try and make a difference on the ice and that down the line he thinks people will look at the trade that brought Moore to the Rangers as “a hell of a deal to get him in.”
During the playoffs, on the Michael Kay Show, Tortorella said “I think that in a few years when people talk about the deal we made with Columbus, he will be the one talked about”
When he was on with Mike Francesa, Tortorella said “Johnny Moore is a guy we will be talking about in a couple of years as a steal in this trade. He has stood in there against some top people. “
John Moore spent the 2009-10 season with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.
H had 10 goals, 37 assists during the regular season and 16 points in 20 playoff games.
Moore played on a team with Jeff Skinner, Ryan Murphy and Gabriel Landeskong and was coached by Steve Spott.
Spott is close friends with Adam Graves and Spott told the Daily News that Graves called him for a report on Moore after he was acquired by the Rangers.
Spott told Graves that he “firmly believes” that John Moore has the ability to not only be a good puck moving defenseman but also an underrated skill set when it comes to contributing offensively.
“Some guys have the knack of getting pucks to the net, and John has that ability. And with the amount of shot-blocking that goes on in the NHL, the fact that he has that knack is such a huge asset. Pucks seem to find a way to that blue paint, and his feet allow him to get that puck across the blue line and into the middle of the ice.”
Spot also gave Moore the ultimate compliment in comparing his character to that of Graves.
In a chat with the Rangers website, Gordie Clark said that the biggest hole in the Rangers organization now is the lack of an offensive defenseman, someone who can be a power play specialist.
Clark notes that with no pick in the first round this year, the Rangers aren’t likely to draft someone who will play for them next year and that to address the need the Rangers may need to look at a trade or something else.
Leslie Treff writes at Hockey’s Future that the only true offensive blue liner the organization has is 2012 fourth round pick Calle Andersson.
Treff says that a high risk/high reward offensive defenseman would be a good choice for the Rangers and one might be around when they pick in the third round.
Adam Rotter: That position hasn’t been filled but it hasn’t been for a lack of trying. Bobby Sanguinetti and Michael Del Zotto were drafted two years apart, and while Del Zotto has that promise, he has yet to show it consistently. John Moore has some skills and so does Ryan McDonagh and maybe they will all see an increase in production with Alain Vigneault, but this has been an issue the Rangers have had pretty much since Brian Leetch was traded.
According to a tweet from Arthur Staple, Rangers defenseman John Moore lost six teeth after taking a puck to the face in game one against the Bruins.
Staple says that Moore lost two upper teeth and four lower teeth.
Moore says that he feels fine.
Through three games, John Moore is averaging 17:28 per game and has played 14:26 in game one, 22:08 in game two and 15:50 in game three.
John Tortorella said that he has Moore running the Rangers power play now.
In game three, of Moore’s 15:50, 5:37 was on the power play.
When asked about Moore earlier today, Tortorella said “I think he is understanding, as far as stick on puck, to just use his rage to the best of his ability. He takes up a lot of space. He still has a lot of improvement in terms of how hard you need to be in the corners. I think he is picking those things up.”
Tortorella said of Moore over the weekend that he has played well and loves that his skating ability allows him to recover when he makes mistakes.
Dave Maloney said that any player that can shoot the puck and skate as well as him will be a good player. Maloney said that Moore was able to get the puck to the net on the PP and that the coaches have been very happy with his performance since becoming a Ranger.
Moore had three shots on goal, one that was blocked and two that missed the net.
He said this morning that his entire focus is working on being strong defensively because if he does that then he will get opportunities.
Henrik Lundqvist said that Moore has all the tools that you look for in a great defenseman.
Adam Rotter: In the short term, Moore has been good for the Rangers, allowed the defense to stabilize a bit and create a situation where John Tortorella can play all three pairs. The long term is what excites me about Moore. He is 22 and has made huge strides in just over a month since being acquired. When the Rangers lost Michael Sauer they lost that fifth member of their defense, with Moore, the Rangers have found that person and continue to build the team with him.
Last night, in the third period, Rangers defenseman John Moore jumped up into the rush and took a puck to the net that seemed to squeak through Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.
Moore immediately raised his hands but there was no signal for a goal on the ice and the play ended up being reviewed.
The referees discussed it, talked with the league office in Toronto and confirmed that it was not a goal.
The NHL released this statement about the play last night:
At 15:57 of the third period in the Rangers/Capitals game, video review upheld the referee’s call on the ice that John Moore’s shot did not completely cross the goal line. No Goal NY Rangers.
Moore told Katie Strang at ESPN NY that he thought he had scored but had not yet seen a replay. He added, “I’ve just got to put it through the net next time.”
In his past six games, John Moore has three assists and has played between 12 and 14 minutes.
Last night he had an assist, was a plus one, had one shot and played 13:28.
John Tortorella said on MSG after the Rangers win against the Sabres that Moore has shown the team more and played a higher than level than they expected.
He adds that Moore is growing with his defense and that he is also showing some good offensive instincts.
Tortorella said on Sunday after the Rangers beat the Devils that Moore keeps on growing and is accepting some of the offensive roles that the coaching staff is putting him in.
Last night on MSG, Dave Maloney said that Moore is going to get a lot better as he starts to better understand the game.
Before the game last night, John Tortorella told the NY Post “he’s made some good plays. He’s surprised me with some of the offensive plays he’s made, not just on the power play, but on the 5-on-5. So we’re going to keep him there and see where it goes.”
Last night Moore played 11:54 had three shots, three hits, a blocked shot and a fight in the third period.
John Tortorella said last night that Moore’s fight “absolutely” played a role in sparking the Rangers and helping them close out the Panthers.
In terms of the fight, Moore said on MSG that he wasn’t going to quit his day job but “It’s a new thing for me. I’m happy I was able to handle myself. Coming to a new team it shows that you are battling and that you really care. I’m glad that I did that.”
Tortorella said that Moore played well and the fight was a good way to show his teammates what level he competes at.
When asked about Moore’s overall game, Tortorella said on MSG, “he has a lot to learn, but what we are trying to teach him we feel he is picking up. The way he skates, the onus is on us to teach him about positioning and how we play defense. He is up the ice. It’s a big boost for us. We have been fluctuating in that 5/6 position, but he has come in and played really well.”
Moore said on MSG that he is getting more comfortable with his teammates and the system as each day passes.
During the broadcast of Saturday’s win over the Islanders, Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti talked about how John Moore was working with Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan on using his size and being more physical.
After the game on Saturday, where Moore played 7:55 and led the team with four hits, Moore talked with Ranger Rants about what he is working with Sullivan on, “Sully is doing a lot of video with me. I’m a bigger guy so it’s using my skating and my size and shutting down cycles in the corner as well as I can.”
He added, “there are so many nuances with the position so it’s working on the positioning and footwork. If you just run in there at 100 mph, it’s going to be counter-intuitive.”
Moore is 6-3, 202lbs.
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Moore has appeared in all six games for the Rangers since being acquired and has had the following ice times:
- 4/3 Pitt: 14:09 with one hit
- 4/5 @Pitt: 10:06 with one hit
- 4/6 @Carolina: 7:17 with one hit
- 4/8 @Tor: 9:00 with two hits
- 4/10: Tor: 8:41 with one hit
- 4/13: NYI: 7:55 with four hits.
Moore had 18 hits in 17 games before coming to the Rangers.