This article will be another in my series of player profiles, where I review the season of every player on the Los Angeles Kings. This piece will focus on Trevor Moore.
Moore was acquired by the Kings in February, as part of the Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford trade with Toronto. This was his first full season in the NHL, after spending the majority of his professional career with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
He’s a skilled and speedy winger who plays with intensity and has a fairly well-rounded game, despite being undersized. Overall, he had just six goals and 10 points in 42 games this year, but his stint with the Kings was much more productive, scoring three goals and five points in 15 games.
He averaged 12:55 per game with the Kings, which was almost identical to the ice time he was getting in Toronto. Ideally, I'd like to see him get a larger role next season, though like many of the bottom-six forwards on the team, I imagine he’ll be battling for ice time.
His underlying stats weren’t overly strong with the Kings, however. He had a corsi for percentage of just 49.4 per cent, which was worse than any other player on the team who played more than 10 games this season and quite a bit lower than Los Angeles’ overall corsi for percentage of 53.1 per cent. This also came despite getting the highest offensive zone start percentage of any forward on the team (more than 10 games played) and playing against a relatively low quality of competition (according to Hockey Abstract). His expected goals for percentage with the Kings was also the worst of any player on the team (more than 10 games played), according to NaturalStatTrick.com.
The underlying stats certainly don’t look great but again, this is a small sample size to work with. Having seen Moore play quite a bit with the Leafs and Marlies, I really do think that he can become a quality bottom-six player in the league on a long-term basis. That said, he’ll need to battle next season and prove that he’s worthy of keeping a permanent spot in the lineup, with many other young forwards looking to earn a spot themselves.
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Here’s today’s poll questions (results and discussion will be posted in a future article):
What's your prediction for Trevor Moore next season?