Nick Moutrey
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Nick Moutrey


Shelburne Ontario

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4th round (105th overall), 2013


208 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2010-11: Nick Moutrey played for the York Simcoe Express midget minor team and skated for Team Ontario in the 2011 Canada Winter Games. In 40 games for the Express he score 43 goals with 46 assists. He had 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in six games at the Canada Winter Games. Moutrey was selected by Saginaw in the first round (15th overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.

2011-12: Moutrey skated in 66 games for Saginaw as a 16-year-old in his first OHL season. He scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was minus-12 with 46 penalty minutes. The Spirit finished third in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Moutrey was minus-2 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.

2012-13: Moutrey displayed an offensive component to his game in his second season with Saginaw. He scored 16 goals with 27 assists in 65 games and was plus-2 with 44 penalty minutes. The Spirit made the playoffs, finishing fourth in the West Division, but were swept by Memorial Cup-bound London in the first round. Moutrey was scoreless and minus-5 with 12 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He was ranked 58th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Columbus in the fourth round (105th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14:  Moutrey attended the Blue Jackets training camp before returning to Saginaw for his third OHL season and was one of five players to skate in all 68 regular season games for the Spirit. He scored 15 goals with 26 assists and was a career-best plus-13 with 82 penalty minutes. Saginaw finished third in the West Division and lost to first-place Erie in the first round. Moutrey had 3 assists and was plus-2 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games.  

Talent Analysis

Moutrey has the size of a prototypical power forward but he does not consistently play the type of game that would make him command attention. With some offensive elements to his game he was more active in his third year of junior hockey and it is hoped that he is beginning to put the elements of physical, technical and tactical play together. His size and strength will likely garner him a long look but he would appear to be more of a long-term, David Clarkson-like project at this point.


Moutrey attended training camp with the Blue Jackets before being returned to Saginaw for the 2014-15 season. Now in his fourth year with the Spirit, Moutrey has yet to sign an entry-level contract with Columbus and must be signed by June 2015 or he would re-enter the 2015 NHL Draft. Among the leading scorers for Saginaw in the first half of the season, he appears to be putting the elements of skill, playmaking and physicality together. Whether he can have that same type of success at the pro level or is just a bigger player dominating younger, more inexperienced players at the junior level is the key question facing the Blue Jackets personnel staff. Long-term his future appears to be that of a lower line forward who is hard on the forecheck and along the walls capable of chipping in offensively at times.

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