Where will Moore fit in?

February 17, 2012, 4:18 pm
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TAMPA Now that the Sharks have Dominic Moore in the fold, the next obvious question is, where will he fit in?Well find out what the coaching staff has in mind soon enough as the Sharks play in Carolina tonight, but here are my thoughts.First, lets talk Tommy Wingels. The Sharks rookie forward had another dynamic game in Tampa Bay last night, in what was his second game back after a nine-game absence with a left shoulder injury. Wingels scored the tying goal late in the third on a great set up by Logan Couture, but also generated Marc-Edouard Vlasics second period marker after driving hard behind the net and trying a wrap-around that eventually squirted out to Vlasic in the slot.RELATED: Tommy Wingels game logs
Wingels played nearly 18 minutes on a line with Couture and Ryane Clowe, and I would be very surprised if he doesnt line up there again tonight against the Hurricanes.Moore was centering the third line for the Lightning just before the trade, which is obviously where Michal Handzus has been all season for the Sharks. In fact, the Handzus-Jamie McGinn-Torrey Mitchell line has been together for virtually the entire year, and is the only line that hasnt been tinkered with on a fairly regular basis.Mitchell has been inconsistent, so theres a good chance Moore takes his place on the wing. Mitchell isnt a fourth line player, either, so for those of you assuming its John McCarthy that comes out, I think McLellan leaves that fourth line of McCarthy, Andrew Desjardins and Brad Winchester together while Mitchell sitting is the more likely scenario.One place well definitely see Moore is on the penalty kill. He averages an even two minutes a game while shorthanded, and his presence could mean that a guy like Joe Pavelski could get a break in that department. The Sharks said before the season that theyd like their scoring forwards to not have to waste energy while killing penalties, yet guys like Pavelski (1:39 per game shorthanded), Patrick Marleau (1:30) and Couture (1:14) all take regular shorthanded shifts.RELATED: Dominic Moore game logs
One thing to keep in mind, too the Sharks will have to make a roster move when Jason Demers is ready to come off of injured reserve, which will be soon. That could mean McCarthy gets reassigned to Worcester, or the team will have to take a chance by putting Benn Ferriero on waivers.All that being said, how would you use the newest Shark, Dominic Moore?