Matt Moulson’s Tough Road to the NHL Goes Beyond Los Angeles Snub

Kevin Schultz

Late on Friday night, USA Today released a profile of Matt Moulson onto the interwebs. It’s an interesting read and details Moulson’s road from Pee Wee all the way to three-time 30-goal scorer with the Islanders. It also has a hell of a lede:
Michael Jordan’s tale about being cut from his high school basketball team is minor league compared to the rejection Matt Moulson faced as a teen-age athlete.

But in all seriousness, Moulson’s had a tough go of it throughout his whole hockey career, something that wasn’t really known outside of him getting stuck in the Kings’ minor league system, which led to the Islanders signing him in the summer of 2009. In fact, it goes all the way back to Pee Wee hockey when he was 16:

But Moulson couldn’t even make any AAA youth teams in the Toronto area when he was a 16-year-old.

“That year, I got cut from every single AAA team in the league,” Moulson said.

And even after a good college career with Cornell, he was barely drafted — taken in the ninth round by the Penguins. The Penguins made him an initial offer but didn’t come back around when it was time for his rights to expire. That’s how he ended up in Los Angeles as a free agent, but even then, spent his time in the minors hampered by a knee sprain in 2008. And now here he is.