US National U18 Team/USDP & USNTDP Juniors/USHL
Related: Will Smith
Oliver Moore is a highly energetic forward with great speed, agility, and skill; he’s got great hands in tight areas and has the ability to maneuver easily in traffic. Moore is a speedy and energetic forward who accelerates through crossovers and has a significant first step to navigate tight spaces, separating from defenders to win short-area races both in possession and in pursuit. Moore wants to hang onto the puck and make plays, he’s got an impressive one-timer from the right flank, he’s a fast skater in straight line races and quick bursts, and he is shifty enough to make defencemen miss and get to his spots as a shooter. Moore is currently playing for the US National U18 Team in the USDP as well as for the USNTDP Juniors in the USHL. In the 2022-23 season, he has 14 goals and 31 points in 24 USDP games and 2 goals and 5 points in 6 USHL games. He is committed to the University of Minnesota starting in 2024 and is a very intriguing prospect to monitor heading into the draft, as has the potential to be a versatile and energetic middle-six forward at worst and if he fulfills his potential can be a top 6 two way forward with elite skating ability.
Physical Play Average
Offensive Play Great
Defensive Play Great
Hockey Sense Good
1. An effortless skater who generates speed and power through crossovers, with and without possession of the puck.
2. He is a skilled puck handler who can coral difficult passes and quickly transition into a slick deke or return feed, and he shows creativity in the way he solves problems under pressure.
3. Versatile player who can fill a number of roles for his team; He can carry the puck up ice and man the half wall on the powerplay, he can take faceoffs and kill penalties effectively.
Areas of Improvement
1. Is not Elite in any particular attribute.
2. Needs to shoot the puck more, as he tends to look for a pass or hang onto the puck a tad too long.
3. Needs to improve D zone coverage, if he is to be an effective two-way forward at the next level.
Oliver Moore spent most of last season playing for the NTDP’s U17 squad but also earned an audition with the U18 team before an injury cut his season short. In 43 games with the U17s, he scored 24 goals and 15 assists, and he added seven points in 11 contests with the U18s. He is off to a hot start with the U18 club in his draft year, notching 14 goals and 17 assists through the first 24 games of the season. Moore is an effortless skater who generates speed and power through crossovers, with and without possession of the puck. Moore’s strong edge work and quick first step allow him to navigate through congested areas and win more than his fair share of races to contested pucks. With the puck on his stick, he uses his speed to push defenders back, and he is usually looking to make a play rather than deferring to a teammate. Utilizing his strong skating ability, he is more than capable of being the primary handler in transition, often breezing through the neutral zone with his head up and creating controlled entries for his team. He is a skilled puck handler who can coral difficult passes and quickly transition into a slick deke or return feed, and he shows creativity in the way he solves problems under pressure. Although Moore isn’t considered to a pure goal scorer, he has a quick and accurate release that, along with his shiftiness, can regularly catch goaltenders off guard, and he has a heavy one-timer from his off-wing. He is also slippery in coverage and does well to hunt open space around the opposing net. Moore has lined up almost exclusively on the wing so far this season, but he can take faceoffs and play the center role effectively as well. Moore is a versatile forward who can carry the puck up the ice and man the half wall on the powerplay and kill penalties effectively at the same time. Most important of all, he brings a high level of energy to just about every shift. There is a lot to like about Moore’s overall toolkit, especially his high-end speed, and he projects as an energetic two-way forward who can handle middle-six minutes and chip in with some offense at the NHL level. The NHL Comparison for Oliver Moore is Dylan Larkin, who is quite similar in terms of playstyle. Right now, Moore is projected to be a top-15 pick in the draft and he has been shooting up the draft boards as of late.
Skill: Versatile and energetic, two-way forward with a quick release and elite skating ability
NHL Comparable: Dylan Larkin
NHL Potential: High-End Middle-six Foward
|2021-22||US National U17 Team||USDP||43||24||39|
|US National U18 Team||USDP||11||2||7|
|2022-23||US National U18 Team||USDP||24||14||31|
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