LA Kings: Trevor Moore “Much more comfortable” this year

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He may not be playing his first game for them but hometown boy Trevor Moore will be starting his first season with the LA Kings and frankly, there’s no better time.

A native of Thousand Oaks, CA, Trevor Moore was acquired by the LA Kings last February in a trade that sent netminder Jack Campbell and longtime fan favorite Kyle Clifford to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Of course, Moore isn’t satisfied just be the hometown kid with the LA Kings. No. He wants to leave his mark on a team on the rise.

For most of training camp, Moore was put on a line with Michael Amadio and Matt Luff. The three have had great chemistry together and will begin the season the same way after the announcement came earlier on Wednesday that all three had made the team. However, Moore, a natural center, has played left wing while Amadio has set up shop in the middle.

On Wednesday, Moore spoke with the media about what he perceives his role to be entering the new season as well as his shift-to-shift focus.

“Yeah, I think we’re three guys that can be harder than forecheck and make plays,” Moore said. “I think the most important thing I’m focusing on is to help build the ice for our team, set up the next line for success, change in the opposite zone and do good stuff and just help the team.”

Unlike most with the LA Kings, Trevor Moore wasn’t with the club during their last training camp. As previously noted, Moore joined the LA Kings during the season when he came over from Toronto. The 25-year-old was asked how the transition to Los Angeles was for him and how comfortable he felt at training camp this year.

“You know, thinking about guys who came in last year, the beginning of the year with Todd [McLellan] as the new coach is probably harder for them because they all had to work together where I was able to kind of lean on the guys who had been here and learn things,” Moore explained. “But it’s a lot different. I’m feeling much more comfortable starting camp this year.”

Moore’s prowess, however, has not been limited to his play on the ice.

This past summer, the University of Denver alum became involved in the LA Kings community, participating in different community programs. Moore was asked to elaborate on his work in the summer.

“It was awesome,” beamed the center-turned-winger. “Especially just, you know, you’re sitting around, and you want to help. You want to do what you can, and thankfully the Kings are able to create these programs, and I was here, so it’s nice to be able to do those things. We helped drop some food off at the hospital.”

“Just being able to do anything was great. Then, we handed out some laptops and WiFi hotspots and stuff for the kids so they could do their online schooling. So, yeah, it’s nice to be able to help.”

At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Trevor Moore may not have been giving much of a look had he hoped to play for his hometown team eight years ago. Thankfully, Moore’s size — or lack thereof, if you prefer — is a moot point, to say the least.

An all-around player with great scoring and defensive instincts, Trevor Moore, has a lot more to his name with the LA Kings than simply being a hometown boy. Additionally, as we saw from training camp, the 25-year-old has also proven that he can make a smooth transition to the wing.

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He may not necessarily be a top-six regular, but Trevor Moore will nonetheless leave his impact on the LA Kings. So, be sure to keep an eye out for the 25-year-old. He may just impress you beyond belief.