There are people who looked at the New York Islanders this season and assumed that John Tavares was a one-man band in leading the team to the playoffs.
For those people, the name Matt Moulson may have slipped under their radar. He isn’t a name that you hear about on a daily basis, but he is a solid player who I think is about to go to another level.
Moulson had 44 points in 47 games this season including 15 goals. He had scored over 30 goals in each of the last three seasons. He is only 29-years old, but I think we are about to see Moulson break the 40-goal barrier during the 2013-14 season.
The emergence of Tavares is a big piece to that because a lot of defenders are paying very close attention to the team’s young leader. It allows a player like Moulson to go about his business without a constant spotlight.
It is New York after all though, and there are massive expectations. The next step is coming for Moulson, who wasn’t even drafted until the ninth round in 2003. The amount of superstars that emerge from that low in the draft is a very small number.
The Islanders could be a team that makes a deep run next season if they can get Moulson to score 85-90 points. His career-high is 69 points, but we could be looking at a career year on the way. It’s time to pay more attention to Moulson.