Motte -- who underwent offseason surgery for an upper-body injury -- could miss the start of the season after manager Jim Benning told reporters, "Tyler had an upper-body injury and had surgery this summer... he won't be skating with the main group at camp... I don't know if he'll be available to start the season or not," per Thomas Drance of The Athletic Vancouver.

Motte has been limited to less than 35 games in each of the previous two seasons, and this latest injury isn't going to improve his chances of taking on a bigger role for the club. Even if the 26-year-old center is fully fit, his offensive ceiling is likely in the 25-30 point range.

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