Tyler Motte's preseason performance thus far seems to have surprised most onlookers. Those who were introduced to him months ago when he was packaged with Jussi Jokinen as part of the Thomas Vanek trade thought he was a throw-in minor-league player. Motte, a fourth-round pick in 2013, made his debut as a 21-year-old two seasons ago with the Chicago Blackhawks. He played 33 NHL games that year. The following year, he played 46 NHL games, split between Columbus and Vancouver. He is now 23 years old and looking to secure a full-time NHL roster position -- so far, he has made a very strong case to start the 2018-19 season with the Canucks. Motte is unlike a lot of the bottom-six forwards we've seen play for the Canucks in recent years. He does not seem like he will ever be a significant offensive contributor. What he brings in spades, however, is intelligent positioning and tenacious fore-checking. As a player in a two-way energy role, Motte excels with great anticipation of where the puck will be, great quickness, and a heavy, gritty game along the boards. His skill set allows him to clog opposition lanes on a consistent basis, force opposition turnovers, and position himself to always put pressure on the opponent. He was impressive as a penalty killer last season and knows how to close his distance on the opponent to force their hand and force errors from them. This is exactly what the Canucks have lacked from their bottom six for years. This team has seen quite a few grinders over the years who have skated around aimlessly and contributed nothing. There is a difference between a bottom-six player with mediocre hockey IQ and a smart bottom-six contributor. Tyler Motte has, thus far, been a breath of fresh air for those of us who have seen too little from the bottom six in recent years.