As the dust settled from the Chicago Blackhawks selecting Connor Bedard, along with a slew of other first round draft surprises, the organization was back on the clock with the 19th pick. With it, they selected USNTDP standout Oliver Moore.
We profiled Oliver Moore earlier this month as part of our run-up to the NHL Draft. With the Blackhawks putting so much emphasis on players’ skating abilities, it’s no surprise that they used their second selection in the first round on one of, if not, the best skater in the draft class.
Moore put up 39 goals 100 points in 84 combined games this season with the USNTDP and helped Team USA win a U18 World Junior Championship Gold Medal, posting four goals and nine points in the tournament. He is headed to the University of Minnesota next season and will be teammates with another Blackhawks first-round pick, Sam Rinzel.