CALGARY – David Moss was chosen with pick number 220 in the 2001 Entry Draft. Not many noticed or remarked about Moss as a seventh round pick, who was playing at the University of Michigan as a left winger at the time.
Moss, however, is making people pay attention after having an excellent season in the American Hockey League with the Calgary Flames top affiliate, the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights.
The well-spoken native of Dearborn, MI., near Detroit, has done nothing but improve since he was drafted by the Flames.
After spending four years in college hockey, he moved into the pro ranks last season with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, the Flames top affiliate.
After a slow start, Moss turned it on and, despite suffering a knee injury late in the season, he was named top newcomer on the team.
"I think it is a huge learning curve, going from university to the pros" said Moss, who checks in at 6'3" and 203 pounds." It was more difficult than I expected. It was a big jump from college hockey. The players were just bigger, faster, stronger. That was tough to get used to. The other thing was the number of games that you play compared to college.
"I think about halfway through the season, in late November, early December, you start to get used to what you have to do to prepare for the games. Once that happened, I felt more comfortable and got more confidence as the season went on."
Moss finished the season with 21 goals and 48 points in 63 games converting from wing to center.
"I played all positions in college. I had played a little center before so it wasn't a big adjustment. I like playing centre. You get the puck a little more. You can distribute a little more and you have to be reponsible in your own end. I think I can play all three positions responsibly which is good for me I hope," said Moss of the switch to center, where he was able to play with his teammate from college, Eric Nystrom.
"It's good to have a good buddy here that you can talk to. He's a great player. I love playing with him so that makes it even better," said Moss.
The feeling is mutual .
"Yeah, when he got hurt, I went into a slump," chuckled Nystrom, referrring to Moss being injured for the final portion of the 2006-07 season.
Moss would, needless to say, love to make the Flames this season. But he knows there is room for improvement and isn't going to pout if he winds up starting the season in Omaha.
"In the NHL you have to be fast and strong and those are the things I am working on. All summer I worked on being faster and stronger and trying to improve my all around game," said Moss.
And how is the all-around game?
"I don't think I can say I am a scorer or a playmaker. I try to do a lot of things well," said Moss. "I try and be a well-rounded player. If there is a chance to score, I can do that or hopefully, make a play out there. I guess I don't consider myself one-dimensional."
Moss saw duty in the Flames first pre-season game, a 3-1 win over Flordia on Sept. 18. He playedabout eight minutes, recording one shot on net and finishing with an even rating.
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