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2009 NHL Draft: John Moore

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2009 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the first round (#14 overall)?


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2009 NHL Entry Draft Site


Up Close With John Moore (Video)
  John Moore


The Lowdown:
    6-2, 189.
   Defenseman
   DOB: 11-19-90 – Chicago
   Chicago (United States Hockey
   League)
   Final rank: 6. Midterm rank: 8 (NA-S)


The Shinny:
Enters the draft as the highest-rated USHL player after being named the league’s Defenseman of the Year after finishing fourth in scoring by defenseman with 39 points (14 goals) in 57 games. Won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2008 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge and served as Chicago’s team captain. Needs work on his defensive zone play and reading defensive rushes. According to Chicago coach and former NHLer Steve Poapst, Moore is “head and shoulders above anyone at this level in his puck-handling, skating, ability to score.” Will attend Colorado College this fall.

NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee: “I watched John Moore as an underage player and I knew he was a must see player for this year. He hasn’t disappointed me one bit. His first two strides are like Paul Coffey and has been labeled as a world-class skater. He is poised with the puck, he gets his shots through to the net and he has gotten a lot stronger this season. He resembles (Calgary Flames) defenseman Jordan Leopold and similar to Leopold at the same age…John is going to be a one-two defenseman in the NHL.”

Chicago coach Steve Poapst: “John is a true leader that approaches the game as a player that needs to get better everyday. His skills combined with his skating ability are what set him apart from the rest. He continues to grow and mature as a player and leader and continues to improve his overall game each day he comes to the rink.”

Moore on Moore:
“Scott Niedermayer; he’s such a fluid skater and I really try to model my game after him. He’s responsible in his own end and he can create offense from the back end. He’s a really exciting player to watch and I really try to model my game after him.”

Did You Know: He Moore could invite any three people to dinner, he would choose Mike Green, Tiger Woods and Will Ferrell.

His Favorites
   NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
   NHL Player: Washington defenseman Mike Green
   Shootout move: “Datsyuk”
   Goal celebration: “Bow and Arrow”
   Video game: NHL '09
   Movie: The Departed
   Reality Show: Cops
   Actress: Jessica Alba
   Cartoon: The Simpsons
   Website: TSN.ca
   Book: The Great Gatsby
   Pump up song: “Thunderstruck” by ACDC
   Sport (other than hockey): Lacrosse
   Place to visit: Maine
   Snack: Oatmeal
   Superhero: Batman

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