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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

When it comes to a third-line center, Dominic Moore has all the tools.

The gritty 6-foot, 195-pounder plays a responsible two-way game on the ice and isn’t afraid to use his body.

Yet, he has a scoring touch that allowed him to find the back of the net 64 times in 128 games during his four-year stay at Harvard.

Moore enjoyed a successful rookie campaign with the New York Rangers in 2005-06. He had nine goals, nine assists and was a plus-4 in 82 games. In addition, he served as one of the team’s top penalty killers.

So far, Moore has made a smooth transition to Pittsburgh.

“It’s been good. This is a great group of guys here,” he said. “We’re all looking forward to getting things going with the season and there’s a lot to look forward to.”

Moore has been centering the Penguins’ third line. He has been flanked by wingers Jarkko Ruutu and Michel Ouellet. While it does not receive the attention of the team’s first two scoring lines, Moore’s squad is vital to the team’s success in the offensive and defensive zones.

“We had a chance to get the chemistry going with the lines. On the ice, that’s starting to come,” he said. “Off the ice, we’re getting to know each other better as well. There are a lot of new faces and everybody seems to get along well, which is good.”

Moore has adjusted to life in Pittsburgh as well.

“I have become much more comfortable,” he said. “It’s a nice city and I am looking forward to playing here.”

After playing against the Penguins eight times last season, Moore could not help but notice the team’s young talent. Now that he’s had a chance to see it every day, Moore is very impressed and excited for the future.

“It’s amazing potential with this team right now. There are so many young and talented players,” he said. “The best thing is, the ingredients are there. If we come together as a team the way we can, we should be tough to deal with. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

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