Vancouver Canucks Place Tyler Motte on IR

Tyler Motte
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 18: Tyler Motte #64 of the Vancouver Canucks looks to pass against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks have announced that forward Tyler Motte is sidelined for at least a couple of weeks with a broken foot. Vancouver announced the move late Monday night.

Tyler Motte Out for Canucks

Motte broke a bone in his foot after blocking a shot in the Canucks’ 6-5 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Oct. 25. He was seen with a walking boot and missed Monday’s game against the Florida Panthers.

The former University of Michigan product has an assist in six games so far this season. He also has two minutes in the 2019-20 campaign. His possession numbers are 47.8 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -2.1.

The 24-year-old has played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Canucks over his five-year career. He has 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 career points in 159 career games. Chicago originally drafted him in the fourth round, 121st overall of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Loui Eriksson drew back into the lineup on the fourth line and Vancouver called up Adam Gaudette from the AHL Utica Comets to fill the roster spot. Eriksson played 13:04 minutes of ice time in the 7-2 victory over Florida.

What This Means for the Future

Motte was an effective penalty killer that has helped the Canucks kill off 86.8 percent of the penalties they’ve taken. That statistic is good enough for fourth in the entire league.

The St. Clair, Mich. native may not fill up the stat sheet, but he’s an important part of the Canucks’ lineup. Ericksson helped out on killing penalties for the Canucks and played on the fourth line last season along with Jay Beagle.

Gaudette can draw into the lineup and provide bottom-six minutes if needed. The 2018 Hobey Baker Award winner earned a spot on the team out of training camp. He played on the fourth line for Motte, who was recovering from an injury at the time.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 18: Tyler Motte #64 of the Vancouver Canucks looks to pass against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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