Blackhawks' First-Rounder Proves He's More Than a One-Trick Pony

Published August 14, 2023 at 12:45

Blackhawks' First-Rounder Proves He's More Than a One-Trick Pony

In the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, it was no secret that General Manager Kyle Davidson had his sights set on selecting Oliver Moore the soon-to-be student of the University of Minnesota.

Throughout the draft coverage, Davidson's enthusiasm was palpable, as neither his fellow GMs nor any other team seemed willing to make a trade to move up and secure Moore sooner. As the draft progressed, the likelihood of securing Moore appeared increasingly high. When the Winnipeg Jets passed on selecting him, Davidson's elation was matched by his staff's collective relief, knowing that Moore would soon be donning the Blackhawks' jersey.

The 19th overall pick had garnered a reputation as a speedster, but this summer he showcased a broader skill set. Moore's participation in the USA team during the World Junior Summer Showcase demonstrated to the rest of the NHL that his abilities extended far beyond his speed.

According to eliteprospects.com, Moore possesses exceptional hockey IQ, hand-eye coordination, skating prowess, and goal-scoring ability.
In an interview, Moore elaborated on what he intends to bring to the NHL once he establishes himself as a regular player:

«Every time I'm out there, I strive to make the right play, whether it's shooting or passing. My focus is on making the correct reads on the ice. I aspire to be a well-rounded player, not confined to a single dimension.»

Brian Moore, Oliver's father, also shared his insights:

«He excels in whatever he does and puts in tremendous effort. While his skating abilities receive a lot of attention, his success stems from more than just that. He's dedicated in the weight room, attentive to nutrition, studies the game thoroughly, and experiments with new techniques on the ice. People often discuss his 'compete level,' but that's simply his nature. He's consistently driven.»

During the previous season, Moore was a key figure in the US national U18 team, playing 61 games, scoring 31 goals, and contributing 44 assists, amassing an impressive 75 points. Additionally, he accumulated 26 penalty minutes and maintained a +42 rating.

Blackhawks fans have reason to be excited about the upcoming emergence of this young talent on their roster. Moore's imminent inclusion promises to enhance their depth down the middle and contribute to the solidification of their core.
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Blackhawks' First-Rounder Proves He's More Than a One-Trick Pony

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