The University of Michigan has one of the best
hockey programs in the United States. Notable alumni include: Mike Cammalleri,
Jack Johnson, Mike Komisarek, John Madden and Max Pacioretty.
Red Berenson, who has been
the head coach in Ann Arbor for 29 seasons, has led the Wolverines to an
NCAA-record nine Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Championships and 22 consecutive
tournaments, all the while amassing a overall record of 752-352-77.
The Wolverines have built
themselves a recruiting class that could be highlighted by the commitment of
The St. Clair, MI native is
committed to the University of Michigan for next season and will be taken in
this year's National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Motte was also selected in
round ten of the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection by the Sarnia Sting,
so the option of playing in Sarnia is still on the table for him.
To make up for his lack in
size, Motte utilizes his great skating ability and quick feet. Moreover, Motte
is blessed with a wide base and can create space for himself, which a great
asset for any prospective NHL player.
He was a prolific goal scorer
prior to joining the United States National Team Development Program.
While with the Honeybaked Under-16
team, Motte scored 22 goals and tallied 14 assists.
Last season with the U.S.
National Under-17 team, he scored 25 goals and added 16 assists, and he was
tied for the fourth best point total on the team.
Nonetheless, there are some
concerns with his hockey sense or on-ice IQ.
Motte has a tendency to
become uninvolved in the play on the ice, and as a result great affects his
influence in a game.
While he is not a lock for
the first round, Tyler Motte could be selected in the second or third round of
the upcoming draft.
There is reason to believe
this particular player can be a quality third line in the NHL. However, he
needs to focus on becoming more intelligent as far as hockey is concerned and I
think a couple of years under Berenson will do Motte some good.
Tuesday's edition of the
Prospect Preview will focus on Zachary Fucale, who is the number one goalie in