The Nashville Predators have once again added a high-scoring forward from the Kontinental Hockey League and one has to hope this works out better than the Alexander Radulov situation.
This time, the KHL player in question is the one and only Steve Moses. The Predators announced the signing of the 25-year-old forward to a one year contract worth $1 million. The deal is for the 2015-2016 NHL season.
Moses spent the last three seasons with Jokerit Helsinki, formerly of Finland’s SM-liiga. Jokerit was promoted to the KHL for the 2014-2015 season and that’s when Moses scored 36 goals in 60 games, setting a league record.
The Massachusetts-born forward also spent four seasons at the University of New Hampshire. In his last season there, he put up 22 goals in 37 games. He also spent eight games in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale before heading to Jokerit.
So the book on Moses thus far is that he’s a top-end scoring threat, but many NHL management types aren’t entirely sold. Size is a factor, as he’s just 5’9 and 172 pounds. He could bulk up for the NHL game, of course, but that could take some time.
But he’s fast and does a lot of shooting, which should make him a nice fit in Nashville if they can find a way to rally around him and protect him. Moses competes hard, too, and that’s a very good thing.
“I like to shoot the puck; I like to create offense, and I’ve been a goal scorer for the majority of my career,” Moses said. “That’s what I like to do, but I’m definitely not going to shy away from anything as a smaller guy. The way Nashville plays, pushing the pace and fore-checking and trying to create offence, I think that’s a big part of why I chose to come here and that’s the game I like to play.”
Perhaps best of all, the contract is as risk-free as it gets. Signing a player like Moses for $1 million is an easy to way to check out the player without committing to anything significant. A lot of teams are interested, too, so they’ll have a chance to get a look before his value either rises or completely dissipates.