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. “