Tyler Motte
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Tyler Motte

Hometown:

St. Clair Michigan

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-03-10

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

4th round (121st overall), 2013

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Tyler Motte attended USA Hockey’s Select 15 Player Development Camp in July and skated for the Honeybaked U16 team in Michigan. He scored 22 goals with 14 assists and had 20 penalty minutes in 33 games. Honeybaked captured USA Hockey’s Tier 1 national championship and Motte had 3 goals with 3 assists in six tournament games. He scored two third period goals for Honeybaked in the 3-2 comeback win over Shattuck St. Mary’s in the championship game. In February he committed to playing at the University of Michigan in 2013-14.

2011-12: Motte joined the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan and skated for the NTDP U17 team. In 53 games he scored 25 goals with 16 assists and had 62 penalty minutes. Motte played two games for the NTDP U18 team, scoring once. In two USHL playoff games he scored two goals. He scored 4 goals in four games as the USA placed first in the 2011 U17 Four Nations Tournament in Russia in the fall. Motte had 1 assists with 6 penalty minutes in five games as the USA finished second at the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge in Canada and scored 1 goal in three games as the USA U17 team finished first in the 2012 U18 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament in Slovakia.

2012-13: Motte returned to Ann Arbor, skating for the NTDP U18 team, and played for the silver medal-winning USA squad at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship in Sochi, Russia. He scored 26 goals with 18 assists in 63 games and was +24 with 44 penalty minutes. In the Four Nations Tournament he was scoreless and +1 with 6 penalty minutes. Playing on the second line with Hudson Fasching and 16-year-old Jack Eichel at the WJC he led Team USA with 5 goals in seven games. He had 2 assists, sharing the points lead (7) for Team USA with J.T. Compher. Canada defeated the USA in the gold medal game. Rated 109th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, Motte was ranked 84th in the final rankings and selected by Chicago in the fourth round (121st overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Motte skated in 34 of 35 games as an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Michigan. He scored 9 goals with 9 assists and was plus-9 with 22 penalty minutes. Michigan finished third in the first-year Big Ten Hockey Conference but did not receive an NCAA tournament bid after falling to Penn State, 2-1, in double overtime in the conference tournament quarterfinals. 

2014-15: Motte was third on the Wolverines with 22 assists as a sophomore at the University of Michigan and played for the USA U20 team at the 2015 World Juniors. Playing primarily left wing, he skated with several different linemates as the  struggling Wolverines shuffled their lineup early in the season.  Motte scored 9 goals and was +1 with 14 penalty minutes in 35 games. Michigan finished third in the Big Ten and advanced to the conference tournament championship game but did not receive an NCAA Tournament bid after falling to first-place Minnesota, 3-2. Motte had 1 assist and was +1 with 2 assists — and was frequently asked to kill penalties — in five games for the USA at the WJC.  The USA finished fifth, losing 3-2 to Russia in the quarterfinals.

Talent Analysis

Motte makes up for his lacks in size and slightly above average technical skills with hustle and hockey sense. He is a strong skater and moves around the ice with ease. His offensive game is not flashy but he works well with his linemates and knows where to go to score. Motte continues to improve his shot and add strength at the college level and must continue to do so to play pro hockey. He is strong on the penalty kill and is a willing checking line forward. Motte, despite his lack of stature, fits the "speed, hockey sense, and character" mantra of the Blackhawks' front office.

Future

  Motte returns to the University of Michigan for his junior season in 2015-16. With the Wolverines top three scorers from last year — Zach Hyman (Toronto) , Dylan Larkin (Detroit) and Andrew Copp (Winnipeg) — all now in pro hockey, he is the top returning scorer and will be expected to provide leadership for what should be an inexperienced but highly-skilled team at Michigan this year. Long-term Motte projects as a lower line player capable of providing secondary scoring and playing in all situations.

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