The Dallas Stars have selected goaltender Brent Moran from the Niagara IceDogs using their second fourth round pick, 115th overall.
He's a big goaltender at 6'4", 185lbs and has a huge amount of raw potential. He doesn't have some very pretty stats but he's taken some huge steps forwards in the past year, in particular in the playoffs for the IceDogs.
It's this long term potential that the Dallas Stars are going for. He's also apparently a big of a 'general' on the ice, barking orders and being very vocal towards his teammates and helping them out on the ice.
He has got plenty of potential and will spend the next few years developing in the OHL. We will have to see whether that development will continue to occur at the pace that it has been.
He's also apparently a fan of Kari Lehtonen.
Moran has Quick natural reactions, allows his reflexes to take over, doesn’t simply rely on his technical ability. Stepped up his game— Sean Lafortune (@SeanLafortune) June 28, 2014
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Moran is a quick, reflexive goalie who plays out at the top of his crease. He is quick laterally when in the butterfly, but lacks speed going side to side when upright. Mo- ran covers the net well in all areas except for his five hole. His low and wide stance opens up his five hole considerably, and gives shooters a target to shoot at. In the butterfly, his five hole is closed off more, but when he stretches out to make a save, he leaves this area exposed.
A big goalie who fits the mould of recent trending young puckstoppers, Moran is ahead of where bigger goaltenders are at this point in their careers. With that being said, his major appeal is his long term potential. He shows fluid movement for his size already and has very quick and controlled recoveries.
Hockey Prospect Black Book
He had to wait for his opportunity to take the starting role but did eventually accomplished this early on this season allowing him to get viewed regularly by scouts. Brent's size in goal is about as ideal as you could possibly ask for. He does a good job getting into position to make the initial save but looked shaky at times and would sometimes fight pucks, even on strong nights when he was having a good game.
sizeable goalie who addressed his positioning throughout the year staying more centred in his crease .. does an adequate job of challenging shooters but needs to improve upon his overall agility and skating .. learned to stay on his feet more and not surrender the top portion of his goal