When the New York Rangers traded Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a package of players, many people looked at the deal as just a move to dump cap space. Now, most people look at it as a deal that might have struck gold.
All the acquired players have made contributions. But John Moore has made serious contributions to the struggling Rangers’ power play. Rangers coach John Tortorella even admitted he knew very little about Moore when the deal was made. But boy does he know a lot about him now.
Moore is known for being an offensive defenseman with great skating ability. All over television broadcasts you hear people compare him to Rangers’ stud defenseman Ryan Mcdonagh. Mcdonagh is also known for his tremendous skating ability and ability to make offensive plays when needed.
But Moore has worked his way to a key part on this Rangers squad. He is basically running the struggling Rangers power play. In game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals, Moore was quarterbacking the power play and you could see the difference.
His ability to make quick passes is second to none. The other part that is so underrated about Moore is his ability to get his shots through to the net. As most Ranger fans know, the team does not shoot the puck enough on the power play. But Moore is not afraid to shoot and he can get his shot through. He keeps it nice and low so that the goalie will kick out rebounds and give the forwards a chance to bang in those second and third opportunities.
The Rangers’ power play has been anemic all season long. But with Moore running the show, expect it to be a key component for the Rangers in the playoffs.