The Detroit Red Wings picked defenseman Cooper Moore with the 128th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
At 128th, the Red Wings draft defenseman Cooper Moore.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) June 22, 2019
Heading to U of ND— Sarah Lindenau (@Lindy72) June 22, 2019
From the Chilliwack Chiefs website’s Brad Elliott Schlossman:
Moore won’t be attending, but he’ll be following it from afar. In addition to watching where he goes, Moore’s former teammates Trevor Zegras and Spencer Knight are expected to be first-round picks.
Moore is most likely to go between the fourth and sixth rounds on Day 2.
“He absolutely has NHL skating ability,” an NHL scout told the Herald. “His best attribute, no question, is his skating ability. He competes hard and he has a good shot. The foundation of his game is his skating and his shot. He needs coaching to learn how to manage the game, think the game, where to go with the puck, how to defend and positional play. He makes some mental errors. I’m glad that he’s going to juniors this year. It will be really good for him. He needs time.”
Moore finished the season with 13 goals and 31 points in 28 games, generating offense both from the top of the circles and from pinching in.
“The first thing you notice is his skating ability,” Kennedy said. “He’s just a great athlete on ice. He has great edges. He can skate forward and backwards equally as good. That’s what really stands out about him if you see him for the first time. Boy that kid can really skate. He doesn’t take slap shots, but he has this half one-timer. He scored most of his goals from up top in the umbrella, little wrist shots that slip over a goalie’s shoulder. It’s something you can’t teach.”
#RedWings 5th round pick, D Cooper Moore (6-1, 181), shoots L, from Brunswick Academy (CT). Listed on Elite Prospects as playing for Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL), same team Wings’ Dennis Cholowski played for, and North Dakota in 2020-21.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) June 22, 2019