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Prospect Preview: Tyler Motte - Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 5 Nov 2012
By: Michael Gosnell

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 Tyler Motte.

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 Halifax.


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