Brent Moran
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Brent Moran

Hometown:

Ottawa Ontario

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-07-05

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2014

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

4th round (115th overall), 2014

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Brent Moran played for the Ottawa Junior 67’s bantam AAA team in Ontario. He had a 3.54 goals against in 19 regular season games and posted a 3.39 goals against in six playoff contests.

2011-12: Moran played for the Ottawa Junior 67’s minor midget AAA team in his third season with the organization. He had a 2.50 goals against in 16 regular season games and a 2.50 goals against in four playoff games. Moran skated for the 67’s in the OHL Cup and posted a 3.36 goals against in three games. He was selected by Niagara in the second round (42nd overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.

2012-13: Moran appeared in 19 games for the Niagara Ice Dogs as a backup to 19-year-old Christopher Festarini in his first OHL season and played for Canada Ontario in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He was 7-10 with a 4.26 goals against and .872 save percentage for the Ice Dogs. Niagara finished fourth in the Central Division. Festarini started all five games in the first round playoff series with Oshawa. Moran was 0-2 with a 4.27 goals against and .818 save percentage in two games for sixth place Canada Ontario at the WHC.

2013-14: Moran returned to Niagara for his second season — gradually taking over as the starter for the IceDogs after splitting the goaltending duties with Christopher Festarini. In 40 games he was 14-19-4 and had a 3.85 goals against and .891 save percentage. Niagara finished fourth in the Central Division and took first-place North Bay to seven games in a first round series. Moran was 3-4 in the playoffs with his only shutout of the season and had a 2.86 goals against and .921 save percentage. He was with the Canada U18 team at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Finland but did not see any action. Moran was ranked third amongst North American goaltenders behind Thatcher Demko (VAN) and Mason McDonald (CGY) in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Dallas in the fourth round (115th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Moran missed the Traverse City rookie tournament due to injury — returning to the Niagara IceDogs for his third OHL season . He handled the bulk of the goaltending for the IceDogs before Niagara acquired 20-year-old Brandon Hope in November. Sharing the goaltending with Hope, he was 18-18-1 with one shutout and had a 3.45 goals against and .891 save percentage in 38 games. Niagara finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Moran made two playoff appearances and was 0-1, stopping 12 of 17 shots in 40 minutes of action.

Talent Analysis

Moran is a massive goaltender who plays a lot of the game from his knees. He competes well and battles for a chance to get a piece of every puck. He shuffles well in the crease and his movement is good. Still fairly raw in terms of development, his tools are strong but they lack polish. Every strength is counteracted with a weakness. When he relies too heavily on his butterfly foundation, he is prone to dipping his shoulders early and getting beat high when he does not drop. When he plays it straight up, he seems less fluid and gets beat through the wickets. He makes good reflex saves, even from his knees but many times is forced to make saves due to sloppy rebound control.

Future

Moran has battled through adversity in his fourth OHL season. After starting the 2015-16 season with Niagara — where he was sharing time with Stephen Dhillon — he was traded to Flint as part of a deal for USA World Junior goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (CAR). The Firebirds have struggled on the ice and have had turmoil off the ice, with the coaching staff being fired twice and the owner ultimately being suspended. To his credit, Moran has battled on a nightly basis, recording 40 or more saves on seven occasions since joining the Firebirds. Still a work in progress, Moran has yet to sign an entry-level deal with the Stars and would re-enter the 2016 NHL Draft if not signed before then. He has shown flashes of his potential but at other times has struggled. His skill set and physical tools give him the potential to be an NHL starter but it is uncertain whether he will reach that potential.

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