Birthdate: March 31, 1995
Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, California
Country: United States
Weight: 185 lbs
The 2021-22 LA Kings’ season may be remembered as the one Trevor Moore put Thousand Oaks on the map. The hometown favorite set career highs in goals (17), assists (31), and points (48) while being a part of one of the best lines in the NHL with Viktor Arvidsson and Phillip Danault.
For trios that spent at least 300 minutes together over the course of the season, Moore-Danault-Arvidsson was second in the NHL in xGoals For Per 60 minutes:
Moore wasn’t just an excellent 5-on-5 player, but he excelled on the penalty kill also. His five shorthanded goals tied for the league lead.
He had a flare for the dramatic at times this season as well:
One of the overlooked questions coming into the season is whether Moore will continue the progression that we’ve seen as an impact player in the Kings’ top-six. In fairness to Moore, this past season didn’t really come out of nowhere. In 2020-21, he had 23 points in 56 games (.41 points per game). While still not quite what we saw this past season, there were signs he was coming into his own.
Where he slots in the lineup could play a big factor. With Arvidsson not expected to start the season on time, that could give Head Coach Todd McLellan an opportunity to play around with some line combinations and see what else could work next to Danault. Personally, I still think Moore is a better fit next to Danault than Alex Iafallo (who I think would be next in line for McLellan). I’m skeptical that McLellan will flank Danault with a pair of youngsters, so Moore should still get the first crack on the second line.
Because he’s not a player to see much power play time, I think coming in around the mid-40s in terms of points is a reasonable expectation. That is if he’s settled into a second-line player consistently again.
Regardless, Moore has blossomed into a quality NHL player and yet another option to strengthen the middle-six of the forward group in LA.
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