26-Year-Old Defenseman – New Jersey Devils
John Moore Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $5 million contract with the Devils in July 2015.
Moore (concussion) will rejoin the lineup for Sunday's game against the Sharks, Chris Ryan of NJ.com reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After being traded to New York in the Marian Gaborik deal two seasons ago, Moore has enjoyed a fresh start in the Rangers organization, alleviating some of the pressure placed on him as a former first-round draft pick. While the blueliner did manage to capitalize on consistent minutes on the team's third-line pairing in his second full NHL season, doubling his career-high in points (14) in the process, something tells us he's capable of a bit more. Moore, who already saw his share of chances on the team's second power-play unit last season, is likely one of head coach Alain Vigneault's first choices to fill out the team's top-four pairings should injury strike at some point during the upcoming campaign. Dynasty owners should have already decided their interest level on Moore, but owners in standard formats should monitor his early-season numbers before considering scooping him up.
When the 23-year-old Moore was acquired with Derek Dorsett and Derick Brassard in exchange for Marian Gaborik at the 2013 trading deadline, not much was expected of the former first round (2009) pick. Since making his NHL debut with Columbus in the 2011-12 campaign, Moore (minus-28) had collected just two goals and six assists in 84 games. However, since arriving on Broadway, the 6'3, nearly 200-pound blue liner has not only played well defensively (36 blocked shots), but earned praise as a power-play specialist and has almost doubled his career totals with a goal and six assists through 25 games in red, white and blue. Despite a very crowded defensive core headed to camp, Moore is nearly a lock to make the team. If the third-year Illinois native makes the leap, keep an eye on him closely as this sharp-minded defenseman could very well be developing before our eyes.
Moore's first full season in the NHL went about as well as you could expect from a rookie playing on the worst team in the league, which is to say he produced no almost offense and was a minus-23 in 67 games. His offensive fortunes aren't likely to change much over the next couple of years as Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski and Fedor Tyutin will hog most of the power play time. As he starts adapting better to the speed of the pro game, Moore's slick skating and passing ability should quickly make him a key component on Columbus's blue line.
Moore's first season as a pro wasn't what the Blue Jackets were hoping from their top pick in 2009, as his offensive production (24 points in 73 games) and -27 plus-minus rating in the AHL were both well below what he's capable of. Moore still has a lot to learn, but his speed and skill mark him as a potential future impact player. That future is just a little farther off than Columbus was hoping.
The Blue Jackets’ top pick in 2009, Moore has the potential to be a true offensive dynamo from the back end. He’s got top-shelf speed and acceleration, a quick release on his shot, and great vision and passing instincts. Although he’s not particularly physical he does have decent size and shouldn’t be a one-dimensional player at the NHL level either. Moore nearly made the Blue Jackets’ roster last season in camp and followed that performance up with 47 points in 61 games for Kitchener in the OHL, and an impressive playoff run with 16 points in 20 games. Columbus desperately needs offense from their defense, and if Moore looks like he’s ready they likely won’t hesitate to give him a job in the big leagues.
The Blue Jackets' first round pick in 2009, Moore figures to be the power-play point man the club has always lacked when he's finally ready for the NHL. Moore has great wheels and superb offensive instincts while still possessing the size and smarts to be an asset in his own end of the rink. He opted for the OHL over the NCAA this season to continue his development, and while he won't get a sniff of the NHL roster for a couple of seasons yet he's still expected to play a huge part in the Blue Jackets' future.