Training Camp 2011: Johan Motin

Johan Motin is going the wrong way as a North American prospect. As the Oilers continue to graduate youngsters, a young man like Motin is going to have a difficult time staying afloat.

Last season, Motin played 34 AHL games and 14 ECHL games. If we use just games played at level, we can get a very good view of where Motin ranks in the organizational depth chart.

  1. Ryan Whitney
  2. Tom Gilbert
  3. Ladislav Smid
  4. Cam Barker
  5. Theo Peckham
  6. Andy Sutton
  7. Jeff Petry (35 NHL, 41 AHL)
  8. Taylor Chorney (12 NHL, 46 AHL)
  9. Alex Plante (3 NHL, 73 AHL)
  10. Corey Potter (1 NHL, 75 AHL)
  11. Colton Teubert (59 AHL)
  12. Johan Motin (34 AHL, 14 ECHL)

Now the Oilers might sign someone like Jordan Bendfeld and they’re inviting a bunch of non-roster players too, but that’s pretty much the list of incumbents and new hires for pro hockey under the Oilers umbrella in 11-12.

Vying for pro employment will be people like Taylor Fedun, Martin Marincin. You’ve got AHL veterans signed for the sole purpose of taking a roster spot in Okla City (Bryan Helmer). Plus you have the waiver wire that could bring someone in. The Oilers are extremely close to the 50-man limit. There are a lot of pressures on that number this fall, including:

  • Junior players who could turn pro like Brandon Davidson and Ryan Martindale.
  • The possibility that Colin Fraser gets returned.
  • RNH could play well enough to turn pro, as could Marincin.

I think there are a few candidates for offloading this fall and Johan Motin is one of them. A deal that sends him back to Europe ala Josef Hrabal or Alexei Mikhnov seems possible, or maybe a trade with another NHL team looking for minor league depth.

The Oilers will keep 7 defensemen and could lose Chorney via waivers, but one suspects they’ll keep him and send Petry down. If that happens, the OKC farm club would have Petry, Helmer, Plante, Potter, Teubert and Motin before we get to the new pro’s: Fedun, Marincin, Davidson.

Motin was in tough a year ago to make the Barons and it looks the same this season. Stay-at-home types sometimes take time to develop and you’d hope the Oilers would keep him all three entry level seasons in order to make sure they know what he can offer them. However, the numbers game suggests Motin is a strong candidate to be sent away. Training camp is going to be very important for Johan Motin.

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