While the majority of the Chicago Blackhawks faithful are focused on the 12-game winning streak, a Blackhawks prospect caught my eye over the weekend. Tyler Motte from University of Michigan had a big weekend for the Wolverines. Motte recorded his first hat trick against hated rival Ohio State University. Motte’s goals had helped rally the Wolverines from a 6-3 deficit to an 8-6 victory.
On Monday, Motte was named the First Star for the Big Ten. In a home-and-home series with Ohio State, Motte recored four goals and three assists in a series split. This was his fourth career weekly honor and his first this season. He is the third Michigan player to be honored by the Big Ten.
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Motte was a fourth-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2013. Motte is 5-foot-9, 193 pounds and plays the left wing. He had spent two years with the U.S. National Development Team before heading to the University of Michigan. His second year, he was a plus-14, scored 11 goals and added six assists.
At the Unviersity of Michigan, Motte scored nine goals and nine assists his fresheman year. His sophomore year, his offensive production picked up as he had nine goals and 22 assists. This season has been his best season in college, as Motte has 18 goals and 10 assists in only 21 games. With 13 games to play, We can expect even bigger numbers from Motte.
Hockey Future gave this analysis of Motte:
"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."
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Motte is among a group of talented forwards in the Blackhawks organization. Motte, Nick Schmaltz, Graham Knott and Ville Pokka as the future of the Blackhawks. The future looks bright for the Blackhawks.
Motte has yet to sign his entry level contract with the Blackhawks. After this season at Michigan, I would expect those conversations to take place.