Motte, Michigan Claim First B1G Tournament Crown

Michigan forward Tyler Motte opened and closed the scoring as the Wolverines dispatched Minnesota 5-3 to win the Big Ten Tournament for the first time.

Motte scored a power play goal in the first period for his 30th of the season to give Michigan a 1-0 lead. He added a shot into the empty net late for his 31st to put the final nail in Minnesota’s coffin.

In 36 games this year, Motte has 31 goals and 23 assists. His 54 points are tied for third in the NCAA behind his two linemates – Kyle Connor (69 points) and JT Compher (60). Motte closed the year with three consecutive two-point games.

Chicago selected Motte in the fourth round (121st overall) in 2013.


15 thoughts on “Motte, Michigan Claim First B1G Tournament Crown

  • March 20, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Just cross our fingers the Hawks are able to sign this kid!

  • March 20, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Why would they not sign him ?
    What reason ?
    He will be sign for sure ……no way they will the kid go to another team except iff they decide to trade him ..

  • March 20, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Hawks 2010 – wrong initial inserted there on my reply. I hit the J instead of K for Kevin. (Obviously J is for his brother Jimmy) Anyway, Kevin Hayes just couldn’t see himself waiting to crack the depth of the Hawks lineup and wanted to be on an NHL roster sooner rather than possibly working his way from Rockford. It all really breaks down to the almighty dollar in the long run.

  • March 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

    They tried like hell to sign Hayes. Players have rights too. Motte could choose to de-register from school this year after his season is over. The Hawks would have 30 days to sign him. Motte could refuse to sign and become a free agent July 1.

    Motte could also return to school for his senior year. Finish school. He could refuse to sign and become a free agent August 15.

    Now, before we start calling this a loophole. It’s not. There are specific rules set aside just for such a scenario.

    Before you go thinking teams should stay away from NCAA players, they have a different set or rules that apply to CHL players. If unsigned after I believe 2 years, the player re-enters the draft. He can refuse to sign with the second team again and would be UFA. Similar rules apply to European players.

  • March 20, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Should also note similar speculation was had last year regarding Paliotta signing, and to a lesser extent Johns the year prior. ELC term is predicated on player age. Players age 18-21 at the September 15 date would have 3 year ELC deals. Personally, I think this is how the Hawks were able to sway Paliotta into signing. If he signed with the Hawks rather than UFA he plays 1 game and burns the first year of that ELC. If Motte does de-register, like Justin Schultz did, he would have to sign a 3 year deal regardless of where he signs. If he chose to sign with the Hawks he could burn that first year this year.

    All speculation. But it’s interesting on how in this CBA, player rights are built in. Teams don’t hold rights until the player is damn near 30.

  • March 20, 2016 at 10:43 am

    It’s also worth noting that Kevin Hayes, his brother Jimmy, Brandon Pirri, and Jeremy Morin were all pretty close by a couple of accounts from people who spent time around the Ice Hogs.

    So I think Kevin “stuck it to the Blackhawks” as a show of solidarity to the others whom he felt had been treated poorly or not been given enough of a chance.

    I don’t think other college prospects will have that emotional motivation. They will just want to feel like they have a real shot at a career, and next season the cap will dictate events that will open up rosters spots to competition.

    The roster has been pretty hard to crack up to this point with entrenched proven performers. Next year should see the most openings and I think that will be the selling point.

  • March 20, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Kruger is on the roster for tonight’s game.

  • March 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Could be interesting 2nd Round match… Motte/Michigan versus Schmaltz/N. Dakota… not to mention the “perhaps” the best 2 Lines in College Hockey…

    Boeser/Schmaltz/Caggiula versus Connor/Compher/Motte

    Another thought: Compher is Illinois kid? Wonder if he might try to sign w/ Hawks?

    Does anyone have insight on Compher???

  • March 20, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Were Compher and Connor drafted?

  • March 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Connor was a first round pick for Winnipeg. Compher was a second round pick for Colorado but was traded to Buffalo as part of the O’Reilly deal.

  • March 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    MS had it flipped w/ Compher. He was drafted by Buffalo 35th overall in 2013 but was traded to Colorado in the O’Reilly deal.

    Connor was the 17th overall pick in 2015 by Winnipeg.

  • March 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I wouldn’t think the Hawks will have any trouble signing Motte, especially if they have immediate plans for him such as getting in a few games with the Hawks the having him finish out the year in Rockford.

    The Hayes situation as documented above had some extenuating circumstances including rumblings that Hayes wanted assurances that he would be on the Hawks roster and would not have to go to Rockford. Also, Hayes apparently wanted to sign after his Junior year, which included a bad thigh injury that required multiple surgeries. The Hawks apparently were not interested in doing that and with good reason. Hayes was a huge health risk. We all know how the situation played out, even after the Hawks wined and dined him at game 5 of the Conference final with LA.

    A more apples to apples situation would be Hayden of Yale. I would be concerned if he returns to Yale for his Senior year. He has really blossomed this year and is probably ready for the pro game. If he goes back to Yale, he and his advisers/agents will be wise enough to have him evaluate all his options (including like Hayes did )if their is a faster track to the NHL than the Chicago route.

    I’ve stated in a previous thread I would love to see the Hawks sign Hayden and his college teammate, goalie Alex Lyon.

  • March 20, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Wihawkfan- it happened three times last year.

    Mike Reilly drafted by Columbus went to Minnesota.

    Robbie Russo- Drafted by Islanders, signed by Red Wings

    Zach Hyman-Drafted by Panthers,signed by Leafs.

  • March 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Tyler Motte is a productive forward who also plays a strong defensive game (led UM in blocked shots). He’s a Chicago-type player, and I think they’ll make every effort to keep him in the organization WHEN he chooses to leave school.

    To Ernie’s point re: 3 guys bailing on the teams that drafted them – we’ve spoken at length about the Reilly situation (dad’s relationship w/ the Wild). 3 players in a year is something to keep an eye on, but not a trend I’m overly concerned with. if the Blackhawks want Motte, they’ll find a way to get it done. See Vince Hinostroza.

  • March 20, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    The Russo split was probably mutual for whatever reason. Isles didn’t seem content on signing him. And the Zach Hyman situation was similar. Didn’t seem like Florida was all that bummed. Mike Reilly’s dad is minority owner of the wild. Was just illustrating how a player has leverage as well.

    Also regarding Kevin Hayes. Along with the injury. He had some maturity issues. For some reason I thought I heard he got drunk and took a shit in a stairwell or something. Couple that with the fact he damn near lost his leg… Understandable Hawks didn’t want to sign him. Go read up on that injury. Not for the faint of heart. Went from charlie horse, to jaws of life opening up his thigh in a matter of hours.

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