All that could be heard from the Blackhawks table at the 2023 NHL Draft in Nashville was shock and amazement as Oliver Moore remained available at No. 19. GM Kyle Davidson said they'd been working the phones all day, trying to move up for a shot at drafting Moore, but it must have been fate as the arguably top-10 talent fell right into their laps without that move.
The Blackhawks have recently focused on several key attributes when it comes to their drafted picks, one of which being skating. So, it's not surprising Chicago wanted Moore, a player often labeled the best skater of the 2023 draft class. However, skating isn't the only skill set Moore brings to the table. Here's a deep dive into what the Blackhawks are getting in their No. 19 selection.
- Position: Center
- Age: 18 (Jan. 22, 2005)
- Nation: USA
- Height: 5-foot-11
- Weight: 194 pounds
- Shoots: Left
- Team: U.S. National U18 Team (NTDP); USNTDP Juniors (USHL); USA U18 (WJC)
- Production: 75 points (31 G, 44 A) in 61 U18 games; 25 (8 G, 17 A) in 23 USHL games; 9 (4 G, 5 A) in 7 WJC games