What Has Gotten Into Nathan Moon?
The scouting report that I wrote on Nathan Moon prior to last yearâ€™s draft described his offensive tendencies, good vision, and need to play better defense.
That report didnâ€™t include the words agitator or pest, but you might want to start penciling them in.
As weâ€™ve documented on this site, Moonâ€™s season has been a tumultuous roller-coaster of bad attitudes, rumors of trades, and a horrible record that has plagued this youngster thus far.
We posted a story last week about about Nathan Moonâ€™s incident with James Delory that earned Delory a 12 game suspension.
Since then, Kingston has played their best stretch of games on the season, earning their first two-game winning streak of the year, and Nathan Moon has found the score sheet in a big way.
Fast forward to this weekendâ€™s Friday night clash between the Frontenacs and the Brampton Battalion. Moon came into the game red hot and has plagued the Battallion this year, tallying 4 goals in the last two games against them.
Moonâ€™s first goal of the game came on a fantastic individual effort as evidenced below. His second goal came off of a great breakaway chance that leads to a penalty shot.
The first goal in that highlight reel is one of the most impressive CHL goals Iâ€™ve seen this year, but it shouldnâ€™t come as a surprise, because Moon has been scoring impressive goals all year. That said, he needs to be more consistent and buckle down on defense. His creativity and stick handling are what put him in the top 80 of last yearâ€™s central scouting report. Itâ€™s apparent now that his defense is what dropped him to 120. Whatâ€™s more, heâ€™s frustrated beyond belief.
Harkening back to the beginning of the article, Moon continued with his extra-curricular stick work this weekend. This time Evgeny Grachev was the recipient of Moonâ€™s new attitude.
Moon slashes Grachev. Grachev pushes Moon. Moon goes down like heâ€™s been shot.
Weâ€™ve seen it one thousand times. Itâ€™s classic agitator move. Moon was sent to the box, but he took Grachev with him.
Is Nathan Moon becoming a pest? If we need more evidence of his stick work, we can hearken back to this December. Moon earns himself a suspension after he scores a shorthanded goal. He gets involved with Belleville players behind the play and slashes a defenseman. On his way to the box, he slams his stick off of the glass near an official and earns himself a suspension.
It will be interesting to see the development of Moon throughout the course of the year. Heâ€™s been talking a lot of trash on the ice, taking liberties with his stick, and drawing penalties because of it.
Frustration is boiling over; by the time Moon is done with Kingston, he may become the biggest pest in the Penguins organization.