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Best Jet Prospects Not Playing in AHL - Jared Moe

In the final article of our "best prospects outside of the NHL/AHL" series, we will take a look at goalie Jared Moe. Born in Minnesota, Moe has grown into the proto-typical NHL goaltending frame (6'4") and is the only right-handed catching keeper in the Winnipeg Jets sytem.

He is currently 5th on the Jets depth chart: Connor Hellebuyck, Eric Comrie, Mikhail Berdin, Arvid Holm, Jared Moe, and Logan Neaton.

Brad Rempel

JUNIORS/HIGH SCHOOL

Jared Moe started his development in the USHL, spending the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons with the Waterloo Black Hawks. He played in 32 regular-season games during the 2017-18 regular season with 23 wins, 6 losses, a 2.23 GAA (fourth in the USHL) and a .919 save percentage (seventh in the USHL). Moe closed out his junior career in 2018-19 with 31 regular-season appearances, 14 wins, 8 losses, a .907 save perctange (seventh in the USHL) and a 2.79 GAA (ninth in the USHL).

The American goaltender finished his USHL career, playing in 63 career regular-season USHL games with 37 wins, 14 losses, a .914 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.49. A solid start to Moe's development saw him finishing among the top-10 goalies in the USHL in save percentage and goals against average in both seasons with Waterloo.

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Jared Moe's play in his early career led to him being selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

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2019-20 | FRESHMAN SEASON

The Minnesota-native opted to join the University of Minnesota in the NCAA the following season. He had a solid start to his NCAA career, posting a 7-5-1 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.46 GAA. Moe led all Big Ten freshmen in wins, save percentage, goals against average, saves (366) and shutouts (1). His .915 save percentage was the 10th highest single-season performance in program history and Moe was selected as a Big Ten All-Freshman Team (Unanimous Selection).

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2020-21 | SOPHOMORE SEASON

Going into his second season with Minnesota, Moe lost the starting goaltending spot to Jack LaFontaine (3rd round in 2016 - Carolina Hurricanes), who had transferred from the University of Michigan.

Moe saw limited action that season, playing parts of 3 games while amassing a 3.45 GAA, .852 save percentage, and a 2-0 win/loss record.

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The combination of Moe starting only two of Minnesota's 31 games this season and the return of Mike Richter Award finalist Jack LaFontaine to the Gophers for his bonus season gave the sixth-round Winnipeg draft pick in 2018 the incentive to explore a move to the University of Wisconsin in 2021-22.

Moe, 21, said he talked to Cameron Rowe, who split time in the Wisconsin crease the past season with graduate transfer Robbie Beydoun, and expected a good competition next season for the starting role.

Moe obviously had to see an opportunity to play to move to Minnesota's fierce rival Wisconsin. Being on the bench as a sophomore wasn't helping his development after he played in 16 games as a freshman with a .915 save percentage.

"When you sit there for a month at a time, two months at a time that's a hard thing to do as a goalie," Moe said. "To stay in game shape you've got to get those games."

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2021-22 | JUNIOR SEASON

Jared Moe has shown significant improvement since transferring to the University of Wisconsin Badgers this season. So far, he has posted a 2.62 GAA and .926 save percentage in 14 games, while compiling a 4-7-2 record. The Badgers have been somewhat over-matched in a tough Big Ten division, but it is nice to see that Moe has managed to win the starting job and enjoy a bounce-back season in terms of save percentage.

Comparisons:

I decided to look at 2 goaltenders currently of the Jets' (Connor Hellebuyck & Logan Neaton) that have developed through the US hockey system, as well as a former Winnipeg goalie (Al Montoya) to see how they compare to Jared Moe.

When it comes to Hellebuyck, they were comparable in the fact that both were late round draft picks (5th/6th), but their statistics are dramatically different. Whereas Helly utterly dominated the NCAA in his 2 years with UMass-Lowell (1.37/1.78 GAA & .952/.941 save %), Moe's time against that competition has been less impressive.

Montoya was drafted quite a bit higher (1st round /6th overall) than Moe, but their NCAA statistics are fairly similar. Montoya spent 3 seasons with the University of Michigan, compiling 2.33/2.23/2.52 GAA and .911/.917/.895 save % over those years.

Neaton is another American goaltender that the Jets selected in the later rounds (5th in 2019) after a strong season in the BCHL with the Prince George Spruce Kings. He has since moved on to the NCAA, playing his first 2 seasons with UMass-Lowell before transferring to Miami University (Ohio). The 6'4" Neaton has struggled to put up the goaltending statistics expected from a future NHLer in the NCAA so far, with GAAs of 3.85/4.85/4.07 and save percentages of .869/.855/.896.

Analysis:

While I wouldn't consider Jared Moe one of the Winnipeg Jets high-end prospects, I think that he has shown signs that he could develop into an NHL player. He has put up slightly better numbers than Montoya in the NCAA and likely tops out as an NHL back up goalie. With Moe's option to remain in the NCAA for 2 more seasons, he can continue his development there or opt to go professional after this season if the Jets are willing to sign him a contract to play in the ECHL or AHL. I wouldn't be surprised to see him stay at least one more season in the NCAA, but if either Berdin or Holm can take Comrie's spot next year as the Jets back up, there could be a back up spot open in the AHL.

Well that is it for the series. Hope you enjoyed.

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