I have been contacted by sbnation.com to write up some profiles on players that may be drafted into the USHL this year in the USHL Entry Draft. I will be writing a profile almost every day leading up to the draft beginning with forwards, then on to defensemen, and finishing with goaltenders. These are in no particular order, as the Entry Draft is hard to predict. I haven't seen these players play either, so if you have seen them play and have something to add, please do. Enjoy!
Mike Moran (Victory Honda) is another forward from the Tier 1 League. The only difference between him and Berry, Irvin, and Luc is that Moran played midget minor hockey, while the three players listed before played midget major hockey. Moran only played 9 games with the Victory Honda U18 team this year. But with the U16 midget minor team, Moran collected 27 points (14g, 13a) in 37 games last year. Moran obviously has a good scoring touch, but it just complements his size. Moran is one, if not the biggest, forward in the draft. He is 6'5" and 205 pounds which is incredible size for a midget minor player. Moran also has a physical playing style with 48 total penalty minutes in the games he's played with both the U16 and U18 Victory Honda team. Most of those PIMs have come on physical penalties such as boarding, cross checking, etc. I know I've already used Nick Czinder (YNG) as a comparison but I can't think of a better comparison to Moran. Both players are 6'5", and both had similar numbers. Based on Moran's size and scoring touch, I would definitely say that we will be seeing him in the USHL next year.
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