Tyler Motte Named Hobey Baker Finalist

On Wednesday, the ten finalists for the 2016 Hobey Baker Award were revealed. One of the ten is Blackhawks prospect and current Michigan forward Tyler Motte.

Motte was named First Team All-Big Ten earlier this week.

6 thoughts on “Tyler Motte Named Hobey Baker Finalist

  1. Michigan has three player named to the top ten. Lets face it; it’s the NCAA’s version of scoring champion. Last year’s winner was a frosh that I bet did not even take his second semester finals.
    SB should be looking at an unsigned player out of this group. My suggest is Alex Petan he appears to be even better than the player he replace at his U. Scored his 100th point in his third year verse fourth and is a 70% at the dot and is also WCHA Player of the Year and scoring champion same as the player he replaced. P.S. The player he replaced IS in Rockford.

  2. Alex Petan is 5’8″. And the same Age as Kero.

    Ahti Oksanen was a defenseman that converted to forward and played with Eichel.

    Jimmy Vesey- Press are desperately trying to sign. Leafs employ his father and drafted his brother. He seems loyal to Nashville, but grew up a huge Bruins fan.

    Not a deep crop, but there’s a few names there.

  3. The Hawks are very much on it. There was a university of Nebraska Omaha administrator that told me a few weeks ago that no team scouts college players as hard as the Blackhawks. He told me they are constantly calling for credentials.

    I would bet Motte and Schmaltz sign. Hayden will be an interesting case. You might see the Hawks try to sign him and teammate, goalie Alex Lyon.

    They will find possibly two more. If you go over to HF, they say -sign this guy, sign that guy. But keep in mind guys like Matt Carey and Drew LeBlanc flamed out. You can’t sign 22 and 23 year olds who do well in college, but might just be Echl or AHL players just on a wing and a prayer.

    I like Stecher from North Dakota. He has been compared to Jared Spurgeon. I saw Stecher play in person 3 weeks ago. The kid is like a commercial for 5 hour energy and plays the Q way, every pass is hard , tape to tape. Good point shot. When in trouble in his own zone, very hard off the glass.

    If the Hawks added Lyon and Stecher, I would be pleased. One other crazy thought. I think the Hawks should double back and sign Justin Holl. He is like +40 on the Toronto Marlies and playing on the top pair with TJ Brennan. He is only on an Ahl contract.

    Holl is going to play in the NHL. Might not have developed as quickly as the Hawks wanted. But he has been great in his first AHL season.

  4. to Craig’s terrific post, the Hawks REALLY like Olofsson @ Omaha. Only one year of college, but he’s a guy to keep an eye on. I love his game

  5. Keep in mind the Hawks only have 3 slots on the 50 man. Alex Lyon is a nice thought as that’s a position of weakness. I could see Schmaltz returning 1 more year. Motte I could see signing, if he de-registers he’d have to be signed right away. Hayden I think stays as that’s what he’s said all along. 3rd line of Hayden for size, Motte and Teuvo. Nice. Let’s shore up that 1st line now.

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