Tyler Motte skates
Tyler Motte spent the first day of training camp watching from the stands.
On the second day, he along with Carson Focht and Guillaume Brisebois stepped onto the ice after the scrimmage was over. They were the shooters for the goalie drills.
Motte suffered an undisclosed injury last season which required offseason surgery. Focht has been dealing with some sort of ailment.
General manager Jim Benning is unsure if Motte will be ready to go before the season.
“I don’t know if he’ll be available to start the season or not, it will depend on how the rehab goes,” Benning said during the media availability on Wednesday.
Motte is a pivotal force on the fourth line with his speed, energy and defensive play. He also plays a role on the penalty kill.
As of now, things are unclear whether or not he will start the season on time but it is a good sign to the see the 26-year-old skating.
- Travis Hamonic remained absent from training camp due to personal reasons. Benning did say during his media availability that he will be at camp. Things are unclear with Hamonic but according to Satiar Shah of Sportsnet 650, the Canucks want Hamonic to be there but it seems that they are convincing him to get vaccinated if he hasn’t been already. Shah also said he thinks the Canucks don’t want to have Hamonic on roster if he doesn’t get vaccinated.
- Phil Di Giuseppe impressed with his puck battles and skill. He is a dark horse to make the roster.
- Jaroslav Halak honoured his late fellow countrymen and former Canucks Pavol Demitra with his mask design.
The final day of training camp is on Saturday running from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. Then on Sunday, the Canucks play their first preseason game in Spokane against the Seattle Kraken.