The Los Angeles Kings acquired talented young forward Trevor Moore and two 3rd round picks from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Jack Campbell trade. In our opinion, this is terrific asset management by Kings GM Rob Blake, as the Kings have a solid goalie prospect in Cal Petersen ready to make the jump to the NHL.
Trevor Moore, like Carl Grundstrom who the Kings acquired from the Leafs last season in the Jake Muzzin trade, was a product of the Leafs exceptional drafting and development team. Moore was an undrafted free agent who played with the Toronto Marlies (Leaf’s AHL affiliate) for three seasons before first playing for the Leafs last season. A California native, Moore will get a chance to play on either the Kings’ 2nd line with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli or the 3rd line with Blake Lizotte and Austin Wagner. We only have one season of data for Trevor Moore; however, he registered a positive 0.99 AB score, which is better than any season Kyle Clifford ever registered in a 9-year span (Clifford was the forward involved in the trade heading to Toronto.) This season, Moore has taken only two penalties and drawn seven, which was among the better ratios on the Leafs. He was simply a victim of circumstance. In November of 2019, Trevor Moore was injured in a game against the Bruins. This injury occurred before the Sheldon Keefe hiring, and Moore never got a chance to play for Keefe until mid-January. By that time, however, the team was winning games without him, and the Leafs incredible forward depth made him expendable. In 27 games, Moore registered 3 goals and 5pts for the Leafs, playing primarily on the 4th line averaging just under 13 minutes per night. With an increased number of minutes, we believe Trevor Moore is only going to get better and help the Kings in many positive ways.
As far as the draft picks are concerned, the Kings are getting Columbus’ 3rd round pick in 2020 and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2021. This condition revolves around Jack Campbell winning six games and the Toronto Maple Leafs qualifying for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Should these events happen, the Kings will receive a 2nd round pick in 2021. This condition can also be met if the Leafs elect to re-sign Kyle Clifford when his contract expires and becomes a free agent on July 1st,2020. These picks allow the rebuilding Kings to have 4 selections in the first 3 rounds of the draft in this year’s and next year’s drafts. Due to the on-ice performance of the team this year, they may have solid draft positioning in this one, as the team currently sits in last place in the Western Conference with 43 points. Much more to come, as trade season is finally upon us.