Tyler Motte

Blackhawks NCAA Prospect Updates

We haven’t updated the Blackhawks collection of prospects playing college hockey in the US since early January, so let’s take some time during a slow week on the schedule (before the trade deadline) to catch up with the kids in the NCAA.

When we last checked in, Michigan forward Tyler Motte had 21 points in 19 games for the Wolverines. He’s had an extraordinary month since, and now sits near the top of the NCAA with 42 points in 27 games – by any measure a tremendous month! Motte and the Wolverines will play in the B1G Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota on March 17-19.

A number of other prospects, including Dylan Sikura and John Hayden, also had a good stretch of games since we last updated.

Here’s a look around the college ranks.

Tyler Motte, F – Michigan
2013 NHL Draft – 4th round (121st overall)
27 games, 27 goals, 15 assists, 42 points, 52 blocked shots, 3 game-winning goals

Nick Schmaltz, F – North Dakota
2014 NHL Draft – 1st round (20th overall)
NCAA – 24 games, 4 goals, 25 assists, 29 points, +26, 14 blocked shots
2016 WJC – 7 games, 2 goals, 6 assists, 8 points

John Hayden, F – Yale
2013 NHL Draft – 3rd round (74th overall)
25 games, 14 goals, 4 assists, 18 points, 5 game-winning goals

Fredrik Olofsson, F – Nebraska-Omaha
2014 NHL Draft – 4th round (98th overall)
26 games, 6 goals, 7 assists, 13 points, 2 game-winning goals, 15 blocked shots

Luc Snuggerud, D – Nebraska-Omaha
2014 NHL Draft – 5th round (141st overall)
27 games, 3 goals, 11 assists, 14 points, 44 blocked shots

Dennis Gilbert, D – Notre Dame
2015 NHL Draft – 3rd round (91st overall)
30 games, 2 goals, 8 assists, 10 points, 1 power play goal

Dylan Sikura, F – Northeastern
2014 NHL Draft – 6th round (178th overall)
28 games, 9 goals, 11 assists, 20 points, 9 blocked shots

Luke Johnson, F – North Dakota
2013 NHL Draft – 5th round (134th overall)
30 games, 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points, 23 blocked shots, 1 short-handed goal

Anthony Louis, F – Miami (Ohio)
2013 NHL Draft – 6th round (181st overall)
28 games, 7 goals, 12 assists, 19 points

Liam Coughlin, F – Vermont
Acquired via trade from EDM for G Anders Nilsson
29 games, 2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points

Matt Iacopelli, F – Western Michigan
2014 NHL Draft – 3rd round (83rd overall)
22 games, 1 goal, 6 assists, 7 points, 7 blocked shots

Chris Calnan, F – Boston College
2012 NHL Draft – 3rd round (79th overall)
22 games, 3 goal, 6 assists, 9 points, 8 blocked shots

Jack Ramsey, F – Minnesota
2014 NHL Draft – 7th round (208th overall)
26 games, 4 assists, 12 blocked shots

Beau Starrett, F – Cornell
2014 NHL Draft – 3rd round (88th overall)
11 games, 1 goal

18 thoughts on “Blackhawks NCAA Prospect Updates

  1. Saw Motteplay once, he played better then I thought he would without know anything about him before hand. Even though a 4th he reminds me of one of those infamous 5th rounds gems.

  2. @ Ernie

    Yes Motte was there, the kid has one of the best shots of all the players in the organization according to my untrained eye. Quick release and heavy shot that the Hawks goalies (horrible anyways) where having problems with. He made them look foolish a few times.

  3. I do not believe full on training camp is open to to players who are not signed. (As NCAA players cannot be.)

    But like Southside said, prospect camp is another deal.

  4. I was talking prospect camp. For some reason I thought I remember a notable name not going. Could have been the summer prior as well…and after looking at the 2014 prospect camp roster it was 2014 Motte did not attend.

  5. North Dakota visits Omaha next weekend and I will be attending. Looking forward to seeing Schmaltz, Johnson, Snuggerud and Olofsson all in the same series.

    I think at this point, SB & company will try to sign Motte, who is a Junior. Hayden had said in the past he wanted to get his degree from Yale. But if he continues to play this well, the Hawks might be wise not to risk a Kevin Hayes scenario and offer him a contract after this, his Junior year.

    Schmaltz is having a very good year. Hawks must decide whether to try to sign him after his sophomore season or let him go back to NoDak in the fall for his Junior year and see if he can dominate at the college hockey level.

    One other note – a high ranking college hockey administrator told me last week that nobody scouts harder or works harder on finding college gems than the Blackhawks. He called them relentless in showing up to college hockey games over and over again to dot their i’s and cross their t’s.

    He said he knows scouts from other NHL teams that travel a lot, yet marvel at the Hawks work ethic in the scouting department.

    Great to hear.

  6. As always Craig, fine reporting there! Ya know, you got a knack for it. Hawks have had to scout hard out of necessity.

    As far as Hayden goes, looks like they’ve been playing him as wing based on faceoffs. He’s a big right shot. It’d be nice if he was a C/LW. Looks like he’s been playing the right side though. Yet another C/RW in the pipeline.

  7. I hope Motte is as good as it looks. The Big 10 is not a very good league the past two seasons. Michigan is defiantly the best with Penn St. Minn. is having troubles the past two years for some reason. MSU is very weak. Looks like Wis. will have new leadership next year and OSU, well this is not football.
    On the bright side Yale is doing great and Nor. Dak. Is Nor. Dak.

  8. Thanks Ernie. It’s certainly fun to follow the prospect development side of things and try to forecast/project who might be a future NHLer.

  9. Motte is a strong/fast skater… motor like Shaw… with better finish… and thicker ass/thighs

    at worst… bottom 6 forecheck guy… but really could be more.

    Still like the Olofsson kid too…

    Schmaltz- super gifted set up guy… but like TT- don’t know if he is big enough or tough enough to play Center for Hawks… Unless he has some size on the wings.

  10. Looking at some stats around the college prospect stuff. I’ve come across some names that are intriguing as far as undrafted. One being Nolan Stevens. He was at prospect camp in 2014 as a 17 yr old along with his older brother. Sons of kings assistant John Stevens.

    Nolan attended Canes camp last summer still 19 until July. He’s second in scoring for the Northeastern team that also has Sikura. 6’3 183. I’m anxious to see who gets signed. Not sure if Stevens can get signed or if he’s still draft eligible. Gotta touch up on that side of the cba

  11. Re: Motte- he could be the “replacement” for Shaw (if Hawks can’t fit Shaw into the Cap- next year)… quick, Hi IQ, ++ Motor guy,,, not as chippy as Shaw… Motte- is stronger than he looks

  12. Shawzer was 20 at draft and took more/extra penatlys when he started as well. Thing is these are a key guy/important role. Bolly, Shawzer, have a knack for it its in theor blood/dna. I still think of a 38/24/65 daves a killer line.

  13. Ernie- gotta disagree on Hartman/Shaw clone… I have watched Hogs/Hartman several times live…

    Hartman- not nearly as “quick” as Shaw
    Shaw is much tougher Camping in front of net…
    Shaw is tougher/grittier getting his nose dirty in board battles…

    Shaw is a RARE breed!!!

  14. @ CRAIG NIGRELLI

    I think its probably likely that Hayden will be hard to sign. He has gone on record that his Yale education is a priority( and really could you blame him). I’ve liked Hayden’s game for a while now. Both times I have seen him at rookie camp I thought he was one of the best guys on the ice. He plays a physical game and is a big kid. He blasted Sam Jardine at rookie camp last yr.

  15. Even if Hayden stays at Yale for all 4 years and finishes his degree, he’s under team control. I’m not sold the Hawks need to push him out of school right now, either.

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