You can add another defenceman to the crowded blueline in Springfield next year as the Oilers have signed Swedish defenceman Johan Motin to a 3 year entry level deal. He played last year in the SEL with Farjestads, picking up 3 assists, 28 penalty minutes and was plus 4 as a 19 year old playing against men. The 6.01, 200 pound rearguard actually started playing in the SEL at 17.
TPS first talked about this signing a few weeks ago.
I'm told he will be at training camp in the fall, and assuming he doesn't blow the doors off everyone and make the team, it's going to be pretty packed on Springfield's blueline if all these guys are back:
Chances are though, someone will be moved.
Motin was the Oilers 4th round pick in 2008, they didn't have a 2nd or 3rd round so he was their second selection. This will be a draft year to keep your eye on. Jordan Eberle had a terrific World Junior with Canada and would have likely approached 50 goals in the WHL had he not suited up for Canada. Motin is coming over with a few years of pro experience, and Edmonton's 5th round pick, Phillipe Cornet was healty and led Rimouski in scoring with 77 points in 66 games. He's currently with the Oceanic at the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Don't forget about Teemu Hartikainen, a Finish forward who takes after Detroits Tomas Holmstrom a little bit and scored 17 goals in the Finish men's league, playing on a team with former NHLer Sami Kapanen.
Set to Join Guy and I tonight:
Brent Sutter-Head Coach of the New Jersey Devils and still owner of the Red Deer Rebels. He'll bring us his Memorial Cup memories from winning it in 2001 as well as talk to us about the current young NHL stars he used to coach in Red Deer and for Canada as well as coach against in the NHL.
Peter Loubardias-Voice of Flames and CHL on Rogers Sportsnet. The Memorial Cup will be half over, who's impressed him and what can we expect for the rest of the week.
Mike Oke-Head scout for International Scouting Services. The May report is out, who's up and who's down and how is their final push before the draft coming along.
Mike Cichy-Indiana Ice forward. He's heading to UND next year and was the MVP of both the USHL playoffs and the World Junior A Challenge last November in Camrose. How is he preparing for the NHL draft.
Also various discussion about the world of hockey prospects, BAD ASS TRIVIA and more. Send your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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