The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled forward Trevor Moore from the Toronto Marlies. The move comes just minutes after the Marlies lost 7-6 to the Cleveland Monsters, in a game where Moore netted a goal and an assist. Moore, 23, has scored 8 goals and 4 assists in just 10 games this year, and he’s also been one of his team’s best penalty killers.
Moore was a significant part of his team’s Calder Cup Championship last year, as he notched 17 points in 20 playoff games. He’s shooting 26.7% this year, and while this clearly is not sustainable, he generates a ton of takeaways that result in extra offensive zone minutes for his linemates. He’s known as a workhorse, and it’s been quite clear this year that he’s NHL ready.
Here are a bunch of GIFs of him in action:
Moore goes end-to-end to lead the rush on the PP. Nice entry pic.twitter.com/h4y9EXl12s— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) May 6, 2018
A nice rush and pass from Marchment leads to Moore's second of the period pic.twitter.com/hGUWP6zTai— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) October 20, 2018
Trevor Moore shows off his transition game pic.twitter.com/jqXJGJ7jTM— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) October 14, 2018
Moore has the puck in the slot here, and rather than shooting, he drops a no-look pass to Subban. The defender did not capitalize pic.twitter.com/pWcTSsTRhw— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) October 20, 2018
Trevor Moore pulls off a great move to generate a zone entry. This came seconds after he forced a turnover on the forecheck. pic.twitter.com/3tOF9nhGU3— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) June 16, 2018
Moore sends a beautiful cross-ice pass to Grundstrom here, but he could not get a strong shot off. Moore could easily have 4 points this period pic.twitter.com/ii2Izveowj— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) October 20, 2018
Moore breaks up a pass, turns on the jets, then finds Marchment with a backhand pass for the game tying goal pic.twitter.com/GbVOnQpYQg— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) May 6, 2018
Trevor Moore's second of the game is a beautiful short-handed effort pic.twitter.com/XNkdZ98qpM— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) October 6, 2018
Liljegren had a chance to score here if he got his shot above the winger's stick. Trevor Moore is a workhorse: pic.twitter.com/I6oFgeESFa— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) June 2, 2018
Trevor Moore never stops working. He doesn't get the takeaway here, but he forces a turnover by hustling back and cutting the opposing forward off pic.twitter.com/OfBWQRcfPZ— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) October 27, 2018
Moore will probably play in a depth role at the NHL level, but I could easily see him replacing a player like Connor Brown next year at a fraction of the price. He’s a left-shooting forward who can play on either wing, a regular penalty killer, and could also play in the middle of the 1-3-1 powerplay if needed.
The Leafs currently have 12 forwards on the roster, so it’s not clear if or when Moore will see NHL action. His ability to kill penalties, win the puck back for his teammates, and chip in goals could make him one of Babcock’s favourites.