It’s time for our annual countdown of the best 25 Nashville Predators players under 25 years old.
This is not only a tradition here at OTF, but is also something that you might see at many other SBNation NHL blogs. The premise is simple: rank the 25 best players who have not yet reached their 25th birthday (as of August 1st, 2017).
At #21, Tyler Moy.
Tyler Moy, the former Crimson captain, wrapped up his four year NCAA career with Harvard’s first Beanpot Tournament victory since 1993 and a trip to the Frozen Four. After Harvard’s loss to Minnesota-Duluth, Moy got his first taste of professional hockey in a brief appearance with the Admirals at the end of this past season.
Moy’s career to this point has caused many to be hesitant about his future success. Before attending Harvard, Moy only managed 23 points in 64 games for Omaha of the USHL - not exactly the eye-popping numbers of Rem Pitlick. His first three seasons at Harvard, where he played 95 games, produced only 56 total points; including his junior season after being drafted where his production dropped by 8 points from the year before.
In his senior season, however, Moy showed the Predators what they were envisioning when they drafted him in 2015. In 36 games, he posted 22 goals and 23 assists for 45 points while leading the Crimson to one of their more successful seasons in team history.
2015 was Moy’s last year of draft eligibility and all indications pointed to him being skipped over. He was not in many mock drafts or rankings, but caught the eye of the Preds by centering former prospect Jimmy Vesey all season long. At the time of the draft, Predators scout Tom Nolan said Moy was “a late bloomer” and “a real smart, two-way, big guy that can skate.”
After having his breakout season at the NCAA level, Moy will look to replicate that production in his first full season with Milwaukee.
Above we see a great individual effort by Moy. After a strong shift in the offensive zone, he retreats to a good neutral zone position, creates a turnover, transitions and drives into the zone for a goal.
Moy’s first professional goal gives us an excellent look at his elite wrist shot. It’s something Moy perfected in his senior season and complements his exceptional stick-handling ability. This gives Moy an impressive offensive edge to his two-way, three-zone game.
We can expect to see Moy in the AHL for a few more seasons. Although he is 22, there is still a big learning curve to overcome. His offensive production at a high level has yet to be completely established, and the AHL game could force him to settle into a more defensive third or fourth-line role.
Moy signed a two-year entry-level contract this past April that begins in the 2017-18 season. He will earn $70K in the AHL for the next two seasons with a $792.5K cap hit for the Predators. Upon expiry, he will be a restricted free agent.