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2023 NHL Draft

Oliver Moore’s Blazing Speed Could Be Appealing To Caps At No. 8



Oliver Moore takes questions during the 2023 NHL Scouting Combine. (Michael Augello/Buffalo Hockey Now)

Blink and there’s a chance you’ll miss center prospect Oliver Moore.

“His speed jumps off the page,” NHL Central Scouting’s Pat Cullen said on the NHL Draft Class podcast in May. “I think he’s the fastest skater and I don’t know there’d be a lot of people that would disagree with that. The speed is one thing, but his work ethic is unbelievable. There’s never a game where you go and you don’t see Oliver Moore working extremely hard and it’s more noticeable because of how fast he does everything.”

Moore finished fourth in scoring with the U.S. U18 team last season, tallying 75 points on 31 goals and 44 assists — edged out only by fellow potential first-round draft picks Gabe Perreault, William Smith and Ryan Leonard.

Moore is the eighth-ranked North American skater, according to NHL Central Scouting.

Before the 2023 NHL Draft kicks off on June 28, Washington Hockey Now
is taking a look at the prospects that could be in play
for the Washington Capitals’ No. 8 pick.

Click here for more insight on the draft’s prospects.

Career Stats

Regular Season Stats via USA Hockey and HockeyDB

Mock Draft Roundup

The Athletic’s Corey Pronman (7-round, June 21): 18th overall by the Winnipeg Jets’s Adam Kimelman (June 11): 7th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers’s Mike G. Morreale (June 11): 9th overall by the Detroit Red Wings

The Sporting News’ Bryan Murphy (3.0, June 7): 10th overall by the St. Louis Blues

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.