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  • Moore slips to 21st, selected by Columbus

    Fri, June 26, 2009 by admin with 4 comments

    Defenseman John Moore slipped a little bit in the draft, going 21st to Columbus, which traded up to get him. Moore slipping isn’t the worst thing for CC – especially if the Blue Jackets push him to play college instead of junior hockey next season.
    Moore ties Mark Stuart’s record. Stuart was the highest-drafted player in CC history, at 21st overall.

  • WCHA adds two teams

    Fri, June 26, 2009 by admin with no comments

    The Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced it has voted to add Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha to the league, starting in the 2010-11 season.
    Bemidji State applied months ago but in late April, league members decided they didn’t want to add only one team. WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod was instructed to actively pursue a second team to join the league.
    Nebraska-Omaha’s location and facilities made it a natural fit. Alaska-Fairbanks was also discussed as a possibility.
    The expansion is the first in the league since Minnesota State-Mankato joined as the 10th member for the 1999-2000 season.

  • What the mock drafts project for Moore

    Thu, June 25, 2009 by admin with no comments

    Defenseman John Moore is a likely first-round pick in Friday’s NHL draft, and the CC recruit would become the highest Tigers player ever drafted if he is selected before the 21st pick.
    Here’s a sampling of where some NHL mock drafts predict Moore will go in the draft, and comments from the predictors:

    SI.com: 14th, Florida Panthers
    “Moore’s name has gained a lot of heat in the past few weeks. Offensively, that’s easy to understand. He’s a smooth skater and savvy playmaker who makes great reads in the other team’s zone. But in his own zone, he remains something of an adventure.”

    ESPN.com: 14th, Florida Panthers
    “In the long run, Moore fills the hole created by free agent Jay Bouwmeester’s predicted departure from South Florida.”

    CBC.ca: 16th, Columbus Blue Jackets
    “The Jackets like their forward depth but will look for the best defenseman available at No. 16.”

    Canada.com: 19th, New York Rangers
    “Rangers need big bodies up front, but it’s hard to pass up this talent who could drop into their lap.”

    Ottawa Sun: 16th, Columbus Blue Jackets
    “He has the size and skill to go along with great playmaking abilities. A tremendous skater, Moore started the 2008-09 season outside of the first round but with solid play from start to finish of season, ISS scouts feel he has moved ahead of most all the other highly rated blueline prospects.”

    Adam Kimelman, NHL.com: 14th, Florida Panthers
    “Some scouts believe he’s the best skater in the draft.”

    Brad Holland, NHL.com: 14th, Florida Panthers
    “Moore’s skating and passing ability make him a dynamic addition on defense.”

    Shawn Roarke, NHL.com: 11th, Nashville Predators
    “Rapidly rising defenseman can skate like the wind.”

    Pierre McGuire, TSN.ca: 14th, Florida Panthers
    “There is no better skater on defence and Moore brings mobility to the blueline.”

    Craig Button, TSN.ca: 16th, Columbus Blue Jackets
    “He’s a quick skater that loves to get into the attack.”

    USA Today: 14th, Florida Panthers
    “Has the type of range, skating speed, and puck rushing ability the Panthers will be losing in Jay Bouwmeester, and he will be the triggerman on their PP in a couple of years.”

    NHLDraftsite.com: 9th, Ottawa Senators

    MyNHLDraft.com: 13th, Buffalo Sabres

  • Moore says he will weigh options

    Tue, June 23, 2009 by admin with no comments

    Defenseman John Moore, a CC recruit and probable first-round pick in the NHL draft this week, has stated a few times over the past couple of months his desire to come play for CC in the fall. Now, Moore says he’ll weigh all of his options with his family after the draft, which will be held Friday and Saturday.
    Earlier this month, Moore said junior hockey teams had been calling his house, but he was “really happy” with CC. He called the decision to go play for the Tigers “kind of a no-brainer.”
    Even if Moore is still a good bet to come to CC, he wouldn’t say this week it’s a sure thing.
    “I guess I don’t really know,” Moore said. “It’s something I’ll have to think about when this whole thing is over. But I can’t stress enough what a great option CC is.”

  • Moore coming to CC

    Mon, June 1, 2009 by admin with 2 comments

    Defenseman John Moore, CC’s prized recruit and projected by many to be a first-round pick in the NHL draft later this month, has fielded plenty of calls from junior teams wanting his services. Once again, however, Moore expressed that he is definitely coming to CC in the fall.
    “They’re calling my house, but I’m really happy with CC,” said Moore, who has maintained all year that he plans to attend college in the fall.
    Moore said when he was at the NHL combine last week, teams told him how he could grow as a hockey player and a person at Colorado College. He said he likes the fact that he can get a great education while playing Division I hockey.
    “To me, it’s kind of a no-brainer,” Moore said. “It’s the best of both worlds and I can’t wait to get out there.”