Trevor Moore looked like an NHL player this year, and should remind us of another Toronto Maple Leafs’ winger, Andreas Johnsson.
Trevor Moore made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 23rd and was awarded with his first career point, a secondary assist on a rare goal for Frederik Gauthier. It came from a play that leafs fans are already plenty familiar with – a quick drive wide and a nifty pass which ultimately led to a scoring chance. Trevor Moore quickly won over Mike Babcock and was gradually rewarded with more ice time. He also impressed fans, a majority of which were calling for even more ice time from the coach instead of aging veteran Patrick Marleau. That may remind us of someone.
Similarities with Andreas Johnsson
Fans may remember a similar feeling when Andreas Johnsson entered the league late in the 2017-18 season, playing a fast game and creating chances despite limited ice time. In fact, the players have pretty similar AHL numbers. Johnsson may serve as an interesting comparable as Moore looks likely to get a larger role on the team moving into next year.
As the table illustrates, Moore and Johnsson have produced at similar rates during their time on the Toronto Marlies. Moore flew a bit more under the radar as he developed, appearing to take a step back in his second Marlies’ year and playing his best hockey when the big club had their eyes on the cup. Johnsson’s breakout was slightly more impressive, producing a point-per-game clip, and showcasing a little more top-end skill than we may expect to see from Moore. What remains to be seen is if Moore can take another step in his development and if he will be a point producer when/if he’s given a top-nine role next year.
A Potential Bargain
Trevor Moore’s contract could be a great bargain for the leafs next year – in January he signed a 2-year deal for a $775 cap hit – which looks like it could be a great value deal. Dubas might be using this type of deal to relieve some cap space as the Leaf’s look to contend – Calle Rosen signed a nearly identical deal in December. If Moore can put up 20~30 points, that would be a cheap way of restoring some of the winger depth the Leafs will need to take another step in the playoffs next year.
Feature image courtesy of Josh Tessler