Steve Moses

Hometown:

Leominster Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1989-08-09

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

170 lbs.

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History

2005-06: Steve Moses appeared in seven junior games for the Eastern Junior Hockey League’s Boston Junior Bruins as a 16-year-old, skating for the club’s midget AAA team most of the season. He had 2 assists in EJHL play. Moses was selected by Lewiston in the 12th round (209th overall) in the 2006 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2006-07: Moses was the second-leading scorer for the Boston Junior Bruins behind Jake Coyle in his first full season of junior hockey. He scored 26 goals with 21 assists and had 26 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games. The Junior Bruins finished second in the Northern Division. Moses shared the playoff scoring lead with Coyle with five points, scoring 2 goals with 3 assists. He committed to playing college hockey at the University of New Hampshire in 2008-09.

2007-08: Moses led the Boston Junior Bruins with 36 assists and was the team’s second-leading scorer behind fellow UNH recruit John Henrion. He scored 11 goals and had 22 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games. Moses scored 4 goals and had 20 assists on the power play for the Junior Bruins. Boston was third behind the Monarchs and Syracuse in the EJHL North Division. Moses scored 1 goal with 3 assists in four playoff games.

2008-09: Moses played in 33 of 38 games for the University of New Hampshire in his freshman season. He scored 5 goals with 8 assists and had an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes. The Wildcats finished third in Hockey East and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Northeast Regional despite losing to Boston College in a conference quarterfinal series. UNH defeated North Dakota, 6-5, in overtime before falling 2-1 to Boston University in the regional final.

2009-10: Moses assumed a larger role for UNH in his sophomore season. He scored 6 goals with 18 assists and was +11 with 20 penalty minutes, skating in all 39 games for the Wildcats. New Hampshire finished first in Hockey East but had a disappointing post-season. UNH won the opening game against Vermont, 7-4, but was then shut-out in back-to-back 1-0 games – the second one in OT — in the Hockey East quarterfinals. In the NCAA East Regional, New Hampshire dumped ECAC Hockey champ Cornell, 6-2, but then fell to Atlantic Hockey’s RIT, 6-2, missing out on a trip to the Frozen Four.

2010-11: Moses played a key role as a secondary scorer for the University of New Hampshire in his junior season. He scored 14 goals with 12 assists and was +13 with 23 penalty minutes in 39 games. The Wildcats finished second in Hockey East and swept Vermont in a quarterfinal series before falling to Merrimack, 4-1, in a Hockey East semifinal game. Moses scored goals in three straight games in the Hockey East tournament, including the Wildcats’ lone goal in the loss to Merrimack. UNH received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, advancing to the regional final with a 3-1 win over Miami before falling to Notre Dame, 2-1.

2011-12: Moses skated for the AHL’s Connecticut Whale following his senior season at the University of New Hampshire. He scored 2 goals and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes in eight regular season games and had no points nor penalties in one playoff game with the Whale. Moses led UNH with 22 goals and had 13 assists in 37 games as a senior, finishing -6 with 16 penalty minutes. The Wildcats finished sixth in Hockey East in a rare losing season and lost to Boston University in an epic quarterfinal series that included two double overtime games.

2012-13: Moses headed to Europe to begin his professional career rather than facing the prospects of playing in the ECHL due to the NHL lockout. He was the second-leading scorer for Jokerit in Finland’s Liiga behind veteran Ilari Filppula, briefly skating on a line with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula during the lockout. Moses scored a team-high 22 goals with 16 assists and was +9 with 24 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games. suffering a shoulder injury late in the season. Jokerit finished first in the regular season before losing to Lukko in a quarterfinal playoff series. Moses was -1 with no points or penalties in two playoff games.

2013-14: Moses returned to Helsinki for his second season with Jokerit in what would be the club’s final season in Finland’s Liiga. In a challenging year, both personally and team-wise, he scored 12 goals with 11 assists and was +7 with 14 penalty minutes in 42 games, missing 18 games after suffering an injury while playing for Team USA in the 2013 Deutschland Cup. Jokerit finished sixth and was swept by HPK in a best-of-three preliminary round series. Moses was -1 with no points nor penalties in two playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -2 in three games at the Deutschland Cup.

2014-15: Moses signed a one-year entry-level contract with Nashville after leading the KHL with 36 goals as Jokerit had a successful first season in the Russsian league. Moses had 21 assists, leading the team with 57 points, and was +11 with 20 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games. Jokerit was second to St. Petersburg SKA in the Bobrov Division, defeating Dinamo Minsk in the West Conference quarterfinals before falling to CSKA in the semifinals. Moses scored 5 goals with 2 assists and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. Moses was selected to play for the USA in the 2015 World Championships in the Czech Republic. 

Talent Analysis

Moses is a fast skating winger with a great nose for the net and a very good shot. His main liability is his lack of size but he is a ferocious competitor. Moses had limited experience playing minor league hockey in smaller arenas following his college career before heading to Europe. He will be challenged to compete in smaller spaces in North American pro hockey.

Future

Moses was older than most players signed to their first NHL contracts when he was signed to a free agent contract by the Predators. He was 26-years-old when Nashville's 2015 training camp opened. Assigned to Predators' AHL affiliate Milwaukee to start the season, he skated in 16 games with the Admirals before being released from his contract by Nashville on December 3rd. He is now back in the KHL, skating for SKA St. Petersburg. His upside may be limited and his size will be a challenge but Moses' ability to score goals and his skating ability suggests he can be a lower line scorer.

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