New York Islanders: Matt Moulson Is a Superstar in the Making

Christopher BeniniContributor IMarch 24, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 13: Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders skates against the Washington Capitals at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 13, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 5-4 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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He doesn't have the blistering slap shot of Zdeno Chara.

He doesn't have the dazzling stick-handling of Pavel Datsyuk

He doesn't have the pin-point passing of Claude Giroux

What Matt Moulson does have though, is consistency which is why he is going to be a star in this league for years to come.

For the third year in a row, Moulson has eclipsed the 30-goal plateau, and for the third year in a row he is virtually unrecognized. There is not a single 30-goal scorer who gets less attention than Matt Moulson.

Islander fans know Moulson brings it every night. He isn't a flashy player, but he brings the lunch pail every day, works hard, performs and has the stats to back it up. Moulson has already set career highs this season in goals (32), assists (29) and points (62).

While players like John Tavares and Evgeni Nabokov get all the attention on this team, deservingly so, Moulson works hard and continues to put up consistent results.

Many argue that Moulson's success is just a product of the playmaking of John Tavares, and it is quite possible we may never find out if that is true or not, considering they have worked so well together. To split the two apart would be foolish. While he very well may just be the product of Tavares' success, he produces and you can't argue with that.

The thing about Moulson is not only has he put up quality seasons all three years that he has been with the Islanders, but he has improved each year. 

With the way Moulson has improved each year, don't be surprised if he has a few 40-goal seasons on his resume when it is all said it done.

It is time for the rest of the NHL to recognize a superstar in the making in Matt Moulson.