Building the Herd – Stuart Mogg

#?? Stuart Mogg

Position: Forward

Born: Basingstoke, Hampshire

Announced as signed: Basingstoke Gazette, 13th June

 

After 3 signings last week at season ticket night, the Bison have apparently decided that good news comes in threes with a triple announcement of teenagers joining the Herd this week. The first of those never got a proper welcome piece so he gets one now with the announcement of a return to the Bison of Stuart Mogg.

 

Mogg, soon to be 19, played a large chunk of his junior hockey in Basingstoke. He made his debut for the under 16s at 14 scoring 18 points from 16 games in 2008/09. The next season Mogg remained with the under 16s scoring an impressive 33 points in 17 games whilst also making his under 18s debut scoring 6 points in 13 appearances.

For 2010/11, Mogg left Basingstoke to join the set up at Slough where he played 87 games for 4 different teams in the Slough setup in EPL, NIHL and juniors over the next couple of years. The majority of ice time and points came for the u18 Junior Jets where Mogg scored 75 points in his 30 games across 2 seasons. Mogg was also a major part of the Jets ENL 1 side over that time scoring 28 points in 42 games. In 2011/12, Stuart also appeared for Slough’s ENL 2 South side 12 times and scoring 13 points. Mogg appeared 3 times for the Jets, once in 2010/11 where he tallied an assist and twice in the following campaign where he failed to score.

To start the 2012/13 season, Mogg packed his bags and headed to Canada to join the Toronto Attack of the Greater Metro Hockey League (GMHL), the same league where GB international Craig Peacock got some seasoning before returning to the country. Mogg scored 5 points in 23 games with the attack before returning to Britain. With the Bison in the midst of injury trouble, Mogg was called upon by Sheppard to guest in the line up and he would remain there for the rest of the season appearing 12 times without registering a point as well as appearing in the playoffs. Mogg also played 5 times for the Buffalo scoring 7 points.

Depth; it seems to be Sheppard’s response to last season. The Bison ended up overplaying too few guys for too long due to injuries and Sheppard wants to address that. The somewhat pleasing thing is he seems to want to do that with locally based players with connections to the club like Mogg.

If asked to be honest, I think Mogg deserves this spot on the roster. He can in, worked hard and has some attributes that will benefit the team. He’s got good hands, reads the game well and is happy to run around and crash and bang a bit. He’s not afraid to get his nose dirty which is what you need from a third line guy. Mogg is part of that depth, the same as Wynn is. Obviously we’re more familiar with how Wynn will be used and what he can do but there’s no reason given Mogg’s numbers in the lower leagues that he wouldn’t be shuffled up the lines in the even of injuries or even see penalty kill time if he’s deemed worthy of it.

How often Mogg gets a shift will be interesting as it would seem that between himself and Wynn, one of them is the 10th forward. However this is a good thing. Competition for places drives players to work harder and we get to watch two decent young players fight for their spot. I appreciate that’s not interesting to the casual fan but I love this sort of thing. They’re the future of the sport and to see them fighting for their place in the order of things fascinates me.

The one thing we need to give Mogg is time to find that place in the order. He’s played hockey in a variety of places for a variety of teams, true but there’s a very different way of approaching things from being a guest there to plug a gap and sit for long stretches to what he is now as a full time member of the roster. He played well enough to earn that spot and now we have to see how he pushes on and I trust we’ll celebrate his first EPL goal with similar vigour that the fanbase did when Cameron got his.

Welcome home full time Moggy, give it all you’ve got.

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