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- Tyler Motte
2012-13 US NTDP Stats
Games Played: 67
Drafted: Fourth Round, 121st overall, 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Stan Bowman definitely saw something in Tyler Motte when he selected him in this year’s Entry Draft. Motte works harder than anyone around him, anything a coach can ask for. He won’t grab anyone’s attention with flashy dekes or any other offensive outbursts, but a consistency and determination will make you take note. Just like some of the best in the league today, he makes a contribution without anyone even noticing, and he can be very dangerous if the opposing coaches make a bad match-up defending against Motte.
Motte’s calling card may be his work ethic, but he possesses the speed and vision that Blackhawks fans have gotten used to over the last couple of years. He will find himself an open lane with or without the puck, and he makes opportunities for himself rather than just taking them when they come. His hockey IQ is also outstanding, and he knows where to put himself and the puck to generate a chance. A hard skater on the back-check, Motte impresses defensively, and can show some grit when the situation calls for it.
Road To The NHL:
Motte took a path that is becoming more and more common for U.S. born players, which is playing in the National Team Development Program. At age 15, he took part in one of the program’s select camps, and was then signed with the Honeybaked U-16 team, an organization Blackhawks star Patrick Kane played in. Motte was an offensive leader, with 36 points in 33 games, and scored two goals in the championship game, as Honeybaked beat Shattuck St. Mary’s 3-2 to capture the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championship.
In 2011-12, Motte skated with the NTDP U-17 team for 53 games, racking up 41 points and 62 penalty minutes. He skated for two games with the U-18 team, scoring a goal; He also took part in the 2012 U-17 World Hockey Challenge, the 2012 U-18 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament, and the 2011 U-17 Four Nations Tournament.
2012-13 was a big year for Motte, and the center saw lots of improvement heading into his first year of draft eligibility. He spent his season with the NTDP U-18 team, this time playing in 67 games, scoring 26 goals and 45 points, and going a stellar +24 in the process. He returned to the Four Nations Tournament once again, but his big week came during the 2013 U-18 World Hockey Championship, where he led the silver medal-winning Team USA with 5 goals and 2 assists in 7 tournament games.
Promotion Probability: 1/10
Motte won’t be donning the Blackhawks jersey in 2013-14, but more development at the collegiate level with substantially improve his game. After finishing up with the National Team Development Program, Motte will head to the University of Michigan, taking the collegiate road just as some other future Blackhawks are. He will need to work on durability and size mostly, and with that will come a harder shot and faster skating. Motte’s work ethic shows that he is determined to make it to the NHL one day, and if he is always improving, that dream will become a reality sooner than later.
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