Simon Moser has only played three games for the Nashville Predators this season, but today he gave Team Switzerland its first win in the 2014 men’s Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi.
The Swiss opened the tournament against Latvia, and for almost 60 full minutes the two teams engaged in a scoreless battle that seemed destined for overtime. That was until Moser made a nifty play in the neutral zone, carried the puck down the left boards and behind the goal line and sent a pass to the front of the net intended for Nino Niederreiter. The puck went off a Latvian defender and slipped through goaltender Edgar Masalskis with 7.9 seconds left in the game. Instead of getting a max of two points in an overtime or shootout win, Switzerland was able to secure the full three points in the standings.
This is huge not only for Moser and Switzerland, but also for the Predators, who took a chance inviting the undrafted forward to the summer training camp. Moser stuck around through the cuts and into the preseason long enough to be signed to a one-year, entry level contract. Having their only forward in the tournament make noise on the world stage is a coup for the organization.
The 24-year-old prospect from Bern has spent almost all of his time this year in the American Hockey League with Nashville’s farm team, the Milwaukee Admirals. He’s scored eight goals and 17 assists in 40 games in the AHL this year, which is his first season as a pro in North America. He made his NHL debut on Feb. 1 against the St. Louis Blues. Moser is also one of two Preds playing for Switzerland, the other being defenseman Roman Josi.