Dominic Moore entered his time as a Bruin with basically no expectations as a fourth line player, and it’s safe to say he exceeded them.
Moore plays a reasonably no frills, speedy but safe style of hockey that, in the early part of the season, was just as big a part of keeping Boston in games as the first line was, putting up quite a bit of points to begin the year, and then tapering off to help shore up the defense as the top six finally stabilized. Since then, Moore has been a fairly competent player and good penalty killer, but in certain situations and games where his line ends up a bit over their heads in getting the puck out.
Another concern is that the 4th line recently has begun to slip. Dangerously. And he’s part of it. Moore is one of few players below 52% in CF%, which is, relatively anyway, not great for a team that’s system is almost designed around having the puck for stretches, and is currently second worst among forwards in possession. Granted, his low-danger contract means if Moore’s play bottoms out he’ll just be on to his next team, but it is worrying that one of the depth’s better players has started to show some cracks in his game.
Grade: a really positive C+
He did everything expected of him, but as the lines solidify, Moore’s contributions may end up being forgotten.
Games Played: 54
Season CF% as of 2/1/17: 50.36%