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, 2018).
Kicking off our series this summer is Milwaukee Admiral, Tyler Moy.
Moy completed his first professional season in 2017-18 for an inconsistent Milwaukee Admirals team. Like most forwards, Moy moved up and down the lineup frequently and never quite found a consistent home with certain line mates or at center or wing.
After a four-year collegiate career at Harvard, Moy is just the second forward drafted by the organization to make it to the AHL after graduating (the first being Zach Budish).
Moy was expected to make an impressive offensive impact in Milwaukee this year after a solid career at Harvard but produced only a modest output. This lackluster season drops Moy down four slots from last year’s list (21).
By The Numbers
Moy’s offensive production was nothing to write home about this season. But, for what it’s worth, his expected ice time per game was that of an average fourth-liner. His 1.03 shots per game were last among Milwaukee forwards last season besides Cody Bass and Stephen Perfetto. That’s something that is likely to change moving forward but definitely needs to considering the laser Moy possesses on his stick.
Moy clocked in at 32% GF this season which was rather par for the course for Admirals’ forwards. But, whatever line he played on throughout the season was a defensive disaster giving up 2.72 goals-against per 60 minutes.
Moy will need to improve on his sixteen points from last season which shouldn’t be too hard to achieve. A bright spot of his campaign was that eleven of his sixteen points were primary ones.
One of Moy’s most noticeable skills is his ability to cause turnovers in the offensive and neutral zone. He’s a strong forechecker especially as the second or third forward. Above he forces the defender to make an error and responds with a well-placed shot low on the glove side.
Above, on another goal, Moy demonstrates his ability to enter the zone as the third forward, collect a feed off the wall and bury it in a tight space. His offensive zone positioning makes me think he could be a successful center with the right wingers - i.e. ones more adept at winning puck battles on the wall.
You’ll notice his foot speed to and his excellent awareness of the three defenders closing in on him.
After the 2018-19 season, Moy’s waiver-exempt, entry-level contract will expire rendering him a restricted free agent.
Moy has the finishing ability to contribute as a bottom-six forward in the NHL. He has good foot speed and an above-average ability to operate in tight spaces. More seasoning in the AHL should force him to shoot more, gain comfortability as a center or winger, and improve his distributing ability in the neutral and offensive zones.
At 23, Moy is a step behind younger prospects but could really turn some heads with a solid season in Milwaukee this year.