The Chicago Blackhawks are not that good of a hockey team at the NHL level but they are very exciting. Led by young studs like Connor Bedard, Kevin Korchinski, and Alex Vlasic amongst others, they appear to be forming a very nice young core.
There are other prospects that people need to have their focus on though. Not all of them have even turned pro yet. Leading that group of players is Oliver Moore. He was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft by Chicago.
Moore was drafted out of the USNTDP where he was brilliant. At the time of the draft, he was considered to be the fastest player of any player selected. He has the ability to use his speed to make big-time plays.
Now, he is playing at the University of Minnesota and is already off to a great start. He scored a huge goal, his first in his college hockey career, on Friday night. It came against the Golden Gophers’ biggest rival in North Dakota. That is obviously very special.
The Chicago Blackhawks have a very good prospect in Oliver Moore.
Moore also added an assist on a goal scored by Jimmy Snuggerud who is an outstanding St. Louis Blues prospect. Snuggerud assisted on Moore’s goal too. These two are going to make magic all season long as first-round picks develop very nicely.
Watching Moore at Minnesota this year is going to be must-see TV. His speed is breathtaking when you watch him play up close. The Blackhawks are hoping that this can translate to offense in the best league in the world. There is a good chance it does.
With his skills and speed, the idea is that he will be amazing with Connor Bedard one day in some way, shape, or form. He is a center right now but playing on his wing in the NHL could be the play.
He could also stick at center and form an elite 1-2 punch with Bedard down the middle. That is the best possible outcome as depth at that position is key to being a contender. On the power play, some amazing plays can be made with guys like this.
Moore is getting ready for a huge season with Minnesota starting with another against North Dakota on Saturday night. It is going to be very fun to watch him play all year long. He needs more attention on his game right now and he is going to get it.