Leafs sign Trevor Moore to three-year entry level contract

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have followed up the entry-level contract to Auston Matthews to one with… a player they didn’t draft? Yes, that may come as a surprise to some, but the team announced today that they’ve agreed to terms with 21-year old forward Trevor Moore.

Moore, who is capable of playing Left Wing and Centre, was undrafted in his teens but has set himself up for a more than decent college career with the University of Denver. Over the past three seasons, the native of Thousand Oaks, California has scored 47 goals and added 73 assists for 120 points in 121 games played. This 44 points in 40 games this year put him 25th in the country in scoring and 32nd in points per game (for reference, his 1.10 is behind Jimmy Vesey’s 1.39, though Vesey is two years older).

For his efforts, he was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team in in 13/14, and was named Forward of the Year in the year following, along with being named to the second All-American team in the west region.

 2011-12  Tri-City Storm 16  USHL 49 12 20 32 14.46 6 -3
 2012-13  Tri-City Storm 17  USHL 62 20 43 63 22.48 26 -20
 2013-14  Univ. of Denver 18  NCAA 42 14 18 32 25.62 14 15
 2014-15  Univ. of Denver 19  NCAA 39 22 22 44 37.93 7 19
 2015-16  Univ. of Denver 20  NCAA 40 11 33 44 36.92 8 16

If the University of Denver seems familiar to you, that’s because it’s the same school that Tyler Bozak was signed out of in 2009/10. In fact, Moore’s numbers are better than Bozak’s were; the Leafs mainstay had 57 points in 60 games in his Age 21 and 22 seasons. It is worth noting though that Bozak did miss much of his final year with the team.

SBN College Hockey’s managing editor Chris Dilks had this to say about Moore last may:

Moore possesses tremendous hockey sense and puck skills making him an incredible offensive force. He sees the ice well and understands how to get to the right spot on the ice at the right time to create offense. He’s very comfortable with the puck on his stick and likely projects as more of a set-up man, but is capable of finishing off plays as well.

The big area of concern for Moore is his size. Being well under six feet tall in itself isn’t necessarily a problem, but Moore’s style of play isn’t necessarily what you see out of smaller players that make it in the NHL. His skating is good enough to be average, but likely won’t be a big asset to him. He doesn’t play a heavy, physical game for his size either.

Dilks continues on to say that Moore has a top-six playstyle but might not have the talent upside to match it, but that he still would be worth a draft pick, which never did end up happening for the youngster.

As for Toronto’s immediate plans with Moore, we can only speculate, but it should be pretty safe to assume that he’ll play on the Marlies next season, given the relatively similar play difficulty between the NCAA and AHL levels. He’ll obviously have to earn his spot, but it’s hard to see him not doing so.

Moore was an invite at this year’s development camp and impressed many, especially after scoring a goal and setting up Mitch Marner for a pair in the final scrimmage of the week.

  • Tommy Cat

    Moore is only 21 and is putting up offence similar to vesey who is 23. Hunter just scooped the entire NHL stealing a player of this quality for nothing.

    • Ask the penguins how many small wingers they need?

      Sheary, rust, hagelin, kessel, kunitz.

      Moore played on a line with Marner and Brooks at development camp and was great! He’ll be a great 3rd line winger on the marlies next season

      • Brent Wisken

        The idea that the Penguins are a small team is misleading. The team’s key players either have size and/or are tough. The team isn’t full of 185 pound players, although there are a few on the team. Malkin is 6 foot 3 and 195 pounds who has been known to drop the gloves and win his own battles. He is not easy to push off the puck. Crosby is 200 pounds with tree trunk legs who holds his own while on the ice and is tough to push off the puck. His battles with the Flyers demonstrates that he is not a push over. Letang is also 200 pounds, which i wouldn’t call “small”. He has Youtube videos revealing his incredible strength while conducting crazy workouts. He has fought on the ice too and held his own (note: i am not condoning fighting, just saying they aren’t push overs). Maatta is 206 pounds, Dumoulin is 6 foot four inches and 207 pounds, Pouliot is 207 pounds. I wouldn’t call those players “small”. Contrary to what some people think, Kessel is not “small” – he is 6 ft, 200 pounds. Other players such as Eric Fehr (6 foot 4 inches, 212 pounds), and Matt Cullen (200 pounds) are not small. And it’s not like Daley and Bonino are 170 to 185 pound players. I like having small skilled players on a team if there is also some balance on the team regarding size (more importantly weight) and some toughness. I prioritize skill, hockey IQ and speed, but I do not completely discount size and toughness.

  • SEER

    Trevor Moore /
    Left Wing / Shoots L /
    Born Mar 31 1995 / Thousand Oaks, CA. /
    21 yrs. ago /
    Height 5.10 / Weight 175


    2012-13 – Tri-City Storm – USHL
    62 Games… 20 Goals… 43 Assists… 63 Points… -20 *PPG+
    2013-14 – University Of Denver Pioneers – NCHC
    42 Games… 14 Goals… 18 Assists… 32 Points… +/- 0

    2014-15 – Univ. Of Denver Pioneers – NCHC
    39 Games… 22 Goals… 22 Assists… 44 Points… +/19 *PPG+

    2015-16 – Univ. Of Denver Pioneers – NCHC
    40 Games… 11 Goals… 33 Assists… 44 Points… +16 *PPG+

    * July 9th 2016 Leafs Prospects Camp Scrimmage (1 goal + 2 assists) *3PPG

    Jacked: Trevor Moore 2012-2016 Extended Highlights – TML (HD)

    —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3eoZkkDCk4