Throughout the offseason, Bruins Daily will be posting daily report cards on each individual of the 2011-12, Boston Bruins.
In order of jersey number, each player will be highlighted. In today’s edition, we have number 27, Bruins defensemen Mike Mottau.
Name: Mike Mottau
Weight: 193 lbs.
Contract: Unrestricted free agent for 2012-13 season
2011-12 NHL Season stats:
Regular season: 35 GP, 0-2-2, minus-11, 15 PIM, 22 SOG
Playoffs: 2 GP, 0-0-0, minus-2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Bruins fans wanted a big move at the trade deadline, but one of the players acquired was defenseman Mike Mottau. Before joining the Bruins, Mottau appeared in 29 games for the New York Islanderss and had only two assists while accumulating a minus 10 while on the ice. It was no different while on the ice for the Bruins. Mottau appeared in six games for the black and gold recording zero points and a minus one while on the ice. He blocked three shots, but he was just not that impressive. The Massachusetts native appeared in two games for the Bruins in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs recording zero points and a minus two while on the ice. He was a non-factor in almost every game for the black and gold. He was not the impact type of guy the Bruins were hoping for. It was a small sample size, but when he was out there, Bruins fans held their breath.
Final Grade: D
It’s safe to say that at this point of his career, Mike Mottau will be nothing more than a bottom-3 defenseman. That is not to say that, in his short tenure with the Bruins — after being acquired from the Islanders at the trade deadline — Mottau wasn’t effective when given a chance. In fact, he did quite well replacing Joe Corvo in the last two games of the Caps series and gave Boston a little more stability on the blueline. With some turnover expected on the Bruins blueline next season, Mottau could be on his way out. However, it would also be no surprise if the former Hobey Baker winner returns in a similar role for the 2012-13 season.
Much like Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau was acquired at the trade deadline to provide depth at the Bruins blue-line. Much wasn’t expected from Mottau, and much wasn’t given from Mottau in the six games he suited up in for the Bruins. Mottau got to see ice time in two of the Bruins seven playoff games and actually played pretty well. I thought he was among the few bright spots for the Bruins in their Game 7 loss to the Washington Capitals. Mottau is an unrestricted free agent and I think we’ve seen the last of the former Boston College Eagle in Boston.