“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Lee Moffie

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On June 26, 2010, the San Jose Sharks selected University of Michigan defenseman Lee Moffie in the seventh round {188th overall} of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“I was very surprised,” said Moffie in an April 2011 interview with DJ Powers of hockeysfuture.com.  “I was in my last year {of draft eligibility} and I didn’t play in every game, so it did come as a surprise to me.  I went to their developmental camp and it did wonders for my game both confidence wise and development wise.  I feel very fortunate to have been drafted by a great organization like them.”

Moffie wasn’t the only person surprised when the Sharks drafted him as an anonymous NHL scout who had seen Moffie play over the years told sharkspage.com for their 2010 NHL Entry Draft recap that “if Moffie hadn’t improved significantly since he last saw him, then he {Moffie} was a stretch to be picked even in the seventh round.”

San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke defended the organization’s selection of Moffie, who would have been able to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams had he not been drafted, in an interview with the The Mercury News following the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. 

“He’s a kid that we’ve watched over a three-or-four-year period and he’s gotten better every year.  We think he’s a leader.  He can move pucks.  He’s got a physical element to him.”

A native of Wallingford Connecticut, Moffie became interested in hockey through his family as his father played growing up and his older brothers were playing at the time.  At age two-and-a-half, Moffie started playing hockey on backyard rinks and was playing organized hockey by age three.  After playing for local high school Lyman Hall his freshman year, Moffie transferred to Avon Old Farms boarding school, 40 miles from Wallingford, where Moffie became a “five-and-a-half-day boarder” as he would return home on Saturday nights following his classes that day.

“My two older brothers went to Avon so I had been going to Avon games my whole life and I knew it was a place I wanted to be,” said Moffie in a March 2008 interview with Vincent Montalbano of mckeenshockey.rivals.com.  “I watched an Avon defenseman named Mick Monsey who went on and played for UNH and I wanted to model the road he took before he went on to play college.  The expectation every year at Avon is bringing home a New England Championship and anything less is a failure.  That is the great thing about playing at Avon as you’re the team to beat and everyone wants a shot at you.  It’s a great place to play and get better.”

After winning back-to-back New England Division I prep championships, Moffie, who registered 14 points {3 goals, 11 assists} and 32 points {7 goals, 25 assists} during his sophomore and junior years respectively, left Avon his senior year to play for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League {USHL} for the 2008-09 season {Moffie did graduate from Avon in 2009}.

“It was a tough decision and I did a lot of research on it,” said Moffie in a 2009 interview with Matt Trevor of mgoblue.com.  “I’m pretty close with Max Pacioretty and I saw what it did for him not only for the draft but in preparing him to play better college hockey.  I talked to a lot of people and the consensus was that it was the next closest level to playing Division I hockey.”

In 55 regular season games for the Black Hawks, Moffie, a two-time USHL Defensive Player of the Week honoree, led all Black Hawks defensemen with 44 points on nine goals {seven via the power play} and 35 assists {second best on team} to go along with 97 penalty minutes. 

Prior to leaving for Waterloo, Moffie fulfilled a childhood dream by committing to the University of Michigan during his junior year at Avon.  Joining the Wolverines as a walk-on for the 2009-10 season, Moffie registered 12 points on four goals and eight assists to go along with 27 penalty minutes in 29 games played.

This past season, Moffie provided an offensive punch from the blue line for the Wolverines as he set career highs in goals {eight, which led all Wolverines defensemen}, assists {nine} and points {17} to go along with 16 penalty minutes in 32 games played, and was a key contributor in the Wolverines run to the NCAA National Championship game where they were defeated by fellow Sharks prospect Mike Connolly‘s Minnesota-Deluth Bulldogs in an overtime thriller. 

In addition, Moffie was named CCHA Defenseman of the Week on January 17 after registering three points on two goals and an assist in the Wolverines home-and-home series sweep of the Ferris State Bulldogs on January 14 and 15.  Moffie became the the first Wolverines defenseman since former defensive pairing partner Steve Kampfer {November 30, 2009} to receive CCHA Defenseman of the Week honors.

Moffie will be returning for his junior season as the Wolverines will look to contend once again for the NCAA Championship.

HIGHLIGHTS

Moffie overtime winner for Waterloo  {Courtesy of YouTube user “berrigirl2008″}
In this video clip, Moffie scores the game winning goal in overtime against the Indiana Ice on January 9, 2009.

Lee Moffie first hockey fight  {Courtesy of YouTube user “waterlooblackhawks”}
In this video clip, Moffie drops the gloves for the first time as he scraps with Sean Little of the Green Bay Gamblers.

Lee Moffie interview  {Courtesy of YouTube user “MGoBlueVideo”}
In this video clip, Moffie is interviewed about the Wolverines defense.

Lee Moffie sparks comeback  {Courtesy of YouTube user “MGoBlueVideo”}
In this video clip, Moffie sparks a Wolverine comeback to defeat Ferris State 3-2 on January 14, 2011.

Lee Moffie two-goal game  {Courtesy of YouTube user “MGoBlueVideo”}
In this video clip, Moffie lights the lamp two times to lead the Wolverines to a 4-1 victory over Bowling Green to advance to the CCHA Semifinals.

*Videos and information were used from www.hockeysfuture.com, www.mgoblue.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.nhregister.com, www.sharkspage.com, www.fearthefin.com, mckeenshockey.rivals.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

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