The San Jose Sharks filled the biggest hole in their roster when they dealt a second-round draft pick in this summer's entry draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for veteran Dominic Moore and a seventh-round pick. The draft choice dealt to Tampa was originally acquired by San Jose last summer as part of the Brent Burns trade with Minnesota.
The Sharks boast one of the NHL's best groups of top six forwards, but their third and fourth lines have been underwhelming through most of the season. Lack of speed and atrocious penalty killing have also plagued San Jose this year. But the most glaring weakness in their lineup is a severe lack of secondary scoring coming from their bottom six.
Moore, a 31-year-old pivot originally drafted by the New York Rangers in 2000, could very well be the solution to these problems. He notched a career-high 18 goals with the Lightning last season and has 19 points in 56 games this year.
He's also a terrific skater, a tenacious penalty killer and an extremely smart player in all three zones. His skill set will provide a much needed boost to San Jose's penalty kill and bring some stability to their bottom lines.
Moore's versatility makes him an easy player to accommodate. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan loves to juggle his lines and try different combinations, and this process goes much more smoothly when your forwards can play multiple positions. A natural center, Moore has plenty of experience playing on the wing and his two-way game allows him to be effective on any given line.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson may not be done tweaking his roster as his club gears up for another run at the Stanley Cup, but adding Moore was a huge step in the right direction and could pay huge dividends come playoff time.
Sam Kelly is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @samkelly10.
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