Tyler Motte

by Kevin Wickersham on December 11, 2017

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Tyler Motte, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-9

Weight: 190

Born: 1995-03-10

Hometown: St. Clair,MI

Drafted: 121st overall in 2013 by Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 - Motte has spent more time with CBJ in the early portion of this campaign than with AHL Cleveland, serving mainly in a bottom-six role alongside Oliver Bjorkstrand and Lukas Sedlak when he's not been scratched. His 27 hits in 16 contests show an increasing physical presence, equaling last year's total in less than half the contests. While he scored at his best clip since becoming pro, with five goals and two assists in seven AHL games, he's yet to produce to that degree at the NHL level, but at age 22 he still has ample time to acclimate. Kevin WIckersham 

September 2017 - Playing against the team that traded him away in this summer's blockbuster deal involving Artemi Panarin and Brandon Saad, Motte's Blue Jacket preseason opener ended in a 5-2 defeat. On a postiive note, his 6:00 of ice time on the man advantage and three shots provided ample opportunity for him to impress as he seeks an NHL role, perhaps filling out the CBJ bottom six to start. Kevin Wickersham 

June 2017 - Tyler Motte was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets with Artemi Panarin for Brandon Saad and Anton Forsberg. Peter Harling

January 2017- Motte has been sent to Rockford of the AHL. After a great start to the season, Motte struggled to keep up at the NHL level and as his confidence wavered, so did his ice-time. This might be the last we see of him in the NHL this season, as others have stepped up to fill his role, but this will not be his final shot at the big league.~Tony Carr

 

November 2016 - Motte has spent a good portion of his rookie season playing a top six role for the Blackhawks, mostly alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. He scored an early candidate for goal-of-the-year against Calgary on November 1st. Tony Carr

 

April 2016 - Fresh off a junior year that saw him finish as a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, Motte signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Blackhawks. After putting up 32 goals and 25 assists in just 38 games, Motte was named a First-Team All American along with teammate Zach Werenski. Perhaps more impressive than the gaudy offensive numbers is his ability to kill penalties and block shots, leading all NCAA forwards with 70 in 2015-16. At just 5-9, Motte is slightly undersized but he makes up for it with his work ethic and hockey sense. He will be an interesting player to watch this fall in training camp as he will look to crack the lineup in a bottom six role for the Blackhawks. Matt Donohue

July 2015 – Motte wrapped up a successful sophomore campaign with the University of Michigan with nine goals and 22 assists, finishing fourth on the team in scoring. With the graduation of leading scorers Zach Hyman and Dylan Larkin to the pro ranks, Motte will be looked to shoulder more of the offensive load as a junior this fall. With a good year in 2015-16, Motte could be looking at a late season call up to the pro ranks if he decides to forgo his senior season. Matt Donohue

January 2015 – After spending two seasons with the USNTDP in 2012-13, Motte was drafted in the fourth round by the Chicago Blackhawks, adding yet another forward to their already impressive prospect pool. Since being drafted, Motte enrolled at the University of Michigan where he is currently in the midst of a successful sophomore season with the Wolverines.  He has already eclipsed his point total from a year ago, with 23 points in 20 games in 2014-15. While Motte definitely has the skills to succeed at the next level, he will always have to deal with being an undersized forward, which becomes even more problematic in the tough Western Conference. The offensive leap he has made in his second season in the NCAA is certainly cause for optimism. With the Blackhawks being as deep as they are, Motte will be given time to develop his game, whether it be finishing his career at Michigan or graduating on to the AHL. Matt Donohue

 

Fantasy Outlook B+

Motte has surpassed expectations as an undersized, thus far primarly bottom-six player with a physical aspect. He's shown some NHL scoring capability, as when he played on Chicago's top lines prior to his deal to Columbus. He should carve out a decent career, but we'll see if it's as a prolific scorer or a grinder. 

 

Footage:

Motte scores his 30th goal of 2015-16:

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