COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Tyler Motte to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Motte, 22, has collected three goals and one assist for four points with a -2 plus/minus rating in 19 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He has also appeared in seven games with Cleveland, tallying 5-2-7, four penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating.
Motte was acquired by Columbus with Artemi Panarin and a sixth round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from Chicago in exchange for Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg and a fifth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He has registered 7-4-11, 14 penalty minutes and is "even" in 52 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Blackhawks and added 17-11-28 and 26 penalty minutes in 50 career AHL games with Cleveland and Rockford.
The St. Clair, Michigan native was selected by Chicago in the fourth round, 121st overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft. He played three seasons at the University of Michigan from 2013-16 and racked up 50-55-105 and 72 penalty minutes in 107 career games. He earned All-American and First Team All-Big Ten honors and was Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist in 2015-16 after notching 32-24-56 and 36 penalty minutes in 38 outings.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.