OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- He’s non-traditional, as one NHL executive put it. Steve Moses doesn’t have the prototypical, size nor has he taken the prototypical path to the NHL. He’s listed at 5-foot-9, went undrafted and spent four years at the University of New Hampshire before leaving for Finland to pursue a career in professional hockey.
“For non-traditional players, it’s about a team giving them an opportunity,” the executive said.
Moses' chance came in the KHL, where he set a league record with 36 goals in 60 games this season. He tacked on another five goals in 10 playoff games for good measure.
He’s now getting an opportunity with Team USA at the World Championships, and he has one waiting with the Nashville Predators when the NHL's regular season resumes in October.