Name: Lleyton Moore
League: OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
Team: Oshawa Generals
Age/DOB: 18-years-old, February 27th, 2002
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Potential Draft Round: Sixth-seventh Round
NHL Potential: Seventh Defensemen
Moore is a hardworking player with a relatively small stature for a defensemen. Due to his light weight and size, he is a fast skating player and can get in front of play with ease.
With his strong skating abilities, he moves the puck around effectively in order to start offensive play. A lot of Moore’s play depends on getting in front of the play when going back to his end, as well as maintaining awareness of the play going on around him. Moore’s offensive abilities have grown this season, being involved in more offensive play and in pushing the puck up the ice, growing to be involved in the overtime three-on-three lines in just his second season in the OHL and his first full season with the Oshawa Generals.
Moore’s offensive capabilities look to only be growing as the Generals organization depends on two-way defensemen more and Moore seems to be showing more of the form he displayed as captain of the Toronto Marlboros U16 AAA team in which he tallied 50 points in a season.
Moore is still years away from the possibility of playing in the NHL. With this being expected as he continues to develop in his junior stage, likely with the Generals as captain, Kyle MacLean has gone overage and Moore has been discussed to be taking over in either an alternate captain role or leading the hockey club as captaincy. As well as making solid pushes to become the best in their division, Oshawa consistently finishes in a playoff spot for the OHL Cup and pushes to go for the Memorial Cup.
It is more than likely that along with talents Oliver Suni and Ty Tullio, Moore will continue to develop his skills and make the team have a larger stake to win the cup, as well as helping these three young stars grow both offensively and defensively. Moore should be expected to continue making a positive push in training and development and could possibly see himself rise to the potential of becoming a top-six defensemen. Until then, Moore’s continued growth will help to strengthen his current team and strengthen his individual game.