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https://mapleleafsnation.com/2018/10/22/monday-marlie-get-ready-for-moore/

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If there was any doubt that Trevor Moore is on the cusp of being a Toronto Maple Leaf in the near future, look no further than his performance on Sunday in the teams 3-2 win against Utica.

Moore recorded two goals (both of which were in the first period) and accumulated seven shots in the game. He was hard on the forecheck, he made clean zone entries, he cradled the puck as smoothly as he usually does–and he generating plenty of scoring chances.

Moore’s performance last game was a testament to just how close Moore is to cracking the big leagues.

“He was outstanding today,” said Keefe. “Right from his first shift it was pretty clear he wanted to leave his mark on this game here today. That’s what he’s capable of doing and that’s what we’re looking forward to having more of–he is a real difference maker for us.”

Moore’s off to a strong start this season, recording eight points in his first seven games. The former University of Denver Pioneer has been on a roll dating back to last spring when the Marlies lost Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen to the Leafs, and Keefe made a point to make Moore a bigger part of the offence.

Keefe let Moore know just how important the team thought he was, and he emphasized how the team needed him. The message was received and Moore would go on to have a massive playoff outing for the Marlies–recording 17 points in 20 games–albeit limited ice-time.

Moore gained plenty of confidence from last springs Calder Cup Championship and he’s carried over to this season.

“[Moore] is a guy that is a strong player and also has a lot of speed. As he’s become more and more confident, he’s gotten his body involved that much more in winning those types of puck battles,” said Keefe. “He’s got the speed to get there. He’s got the strength to get underneath guys. Then he’s got the confidence to get really involved.”

 

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Trevor Moore has been scoring a point-per-game at the AHL level since March 31st (and thats accounting for playoffs, too). He's got 32 points in his last 32 games on the #Marlies. @TLNdc

11:23 AM - 22 Oct 2018
 

 

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while offensive production at the AHL level is what catches eyeballs from casual prospect observers, the ability to produce offence isn’t the only pre-requisite to cracking a Leafs lineup that’s coached by Babcock.

You’ve got to know how to kill penalties.

“If you watch the Leafs, that power play’s pretty tough to get on. So, you’ve got to find a different way to kind of make yourself useful,” said Moore.

And Moore has certainly made himself useful when the Marlies are a man short, evolving into a staple on the team’s penalty kill.

“[Penalty killing is] one of those things that you need reps at. It’s nice to get those reps early here. I think I’ve gotten better at it as times gone on and [Marlies assistant coach] Rob Davison’s helped me out a lot.”

If Moore continues to produce offensively, prove to be reliable in his own zone and on the penalty kill, and the Leafs sustain an injury, Moore would likely be the first call-up for the Leafs.

 

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