OILERS RECALL MUSIL

The Edmonton Oilers recalled David Musil today, as Mark Fayne heads back to IR. The parent club now possesses three Condors blue—Matt Benning, Dillon Simpson, and Musil. So far, only Benning has played (and played well), but that may change tomorrow night in Philadelphia. Musil has played in four NHL games, Simpson waits for his initial game.

CONDORS DEFENSE, 2015-16

BAKERSFIELD D ROD

These are the major players from a year ago, interesting to note none of the group graduated fall 2016 to the NHL. Oesterle is injured, Reinhart just back from a back issue, and Simpson plus Musil are now in the NHL. Only the chaotic Laleggia remains in Bakersfield healthy and uncalled. These estimated TOI totals are via Eric Rodgers.

CONDORS DEFENSE, 2016-17

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There are some strange numbers here, that happens early in a season (some of these defenders have played in fewer than 10 AHL games). All numbers via Prospect-Stats.com.

The leaders offensively (Oesterle, Laleggia) are clearly having issues, because there is no way on earth Musil should be the most productive player in the group. I spoke to Ryan Holt (Condors PBP man) today, and he expressed Musil (and Griffin Reinhart) would be the most likely recalls based on recent performances.

This is a great spot for Musil. With expansion on the way, there are 14 new jobs (7 NHL, 7 AHL) and he could parlay some NHL time into a real shot next fall. I hope he does well.

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I wrote about Musil—who has not yet appeared in the Winter Top 20—during the summer in the RE series (predicting 10gp, 0-1-1 in the NHL) and here is a repeat of that post:

  1. What will his role be in Bakersfield? He is a shutdown defender, who can play either side. The drastic nature of lefties playing right-hand side (six per cent!) might suggest he would be better suited to LH side. Bakersfield is rife with same.
  2. Where do you project him on the depth chart? Musil will be in the top 4D, possibly top pairing. Musil is an effective defender, and is very good at keeping himself between the puck and the Condors net.
  3. What has changed since his draft day? Musil has adjusted to pro and established himself as a strong defender. His skating remains an issue but he has improved. One of the good arrows about this player is his determination and dedication to improve. I haven’t read a negative word about him. Ever.
  4. What does Musil need to work on? Speed remains the issue.
  5. What one thing will get Musil to the NHL? Two things: Brains and consistency. He is the rare prospect who appears to have established himself as a consistent performer in his field of expertise. He is also extremely effective in reading plays—probably got it from his Dad.
  6. Anything else? The Leftorium is a monster on this team. Musil is probably better off getting traded out to another team with fewer lefties. If Darnell Nurse or Griffin Reinhart are dealt, that could also open up an opportunity (Jordan Oesterle will not be applying for the same job).
  7. What will keep him out of the NHL? Mobility. It has improved, but remains an issue. Edmonton traded for Griffin Reinhart, who (despite what you may have heard to the contrary) has far better mobility.
  8. What does his coach say? Gerry Fleming, Condors Coach: He’s been our number-one shutdown guy and been great on the penalty kill. We use him in all situations, we use him late in the game when we’re up a goal, and he’s responded well. The biggest thing is when you don’t notice Dave during a game, you know he’s had a good game. He reads the play offensively as well. A lot of people underestimate his value in that area but he jumps in at the right times. He activates at the offensive blue line at the right times, he’s been getting pucks down to the net a lot better, and creating offensive chances for himself. But his specialty, obviously, is as a shutdown guy and he’s done a good job at that. We’d like to see him get an opportunity but that’s out of his control. All he can control is the way he plays down here. At times it’s been a little frustrating for him. We’ve had a few talks and he’d like to get an opportunity but you can’t worry about whether or not you’re going to get an opportunity. You have to worry about the things you can control in your game.” Source
  9. Will he get claimed on waivers? My guess is no. We wait.

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13 Responses to "OILERS RECALL MUSIL"

  1. stush18 says:

    Wooo. Hope he kills it. I’ve been a big fan of his since his first recall. Real nasty player, and his defense is clearly NHL level imo

    It’s skating, especially for a system like Tmacs.

    I refuse to believe these players can’t make it tho. If vinny lecavlier can be successful
    In LA, he of lead foot boots, then these guys can make it.

  2. --hudson-- says:

    Brilliant idea for Chiarelli to see what he has in Musil before offering big dollars to Russell /s

  3. Clay says:

    Three Condor defensemen on the NHL roster, two are left-handed, none are named G. Reinhart. That doesn’t bode well for him.

  4. Alpine says:

    Apologies for the non-Musil lead in, but I hope one day Rej Sekera gets his due from the mainstream hockey consciousness. Probably the best overall performer on the blue line this season, as he was for the majority of last season.

    And yet when you hear people talk about the new and improved Competent D Corps, his name gets next to no mention. Even after seeing him help Benning adjust to the league successfully and watching Russell fall apart away from him, some people still can’t call him a “core” player! I foresee myself fighting for this player for the rest of his tenure.

    And now for a completely anecdotal take on our new call up, I’ve always sort of appreciated Musil’s game when I watched him live.The League is trending away from having slowish defensive specialists like him in the lineup, but he’s always seemed to be competent and aware of his limitations. I think in a different era he would have fit the stay at home 4-6 D mold comfortably.

  5. Alpine says:

    Clay:
    Three Condor defensemen on the NHL roster, two are left-handed, none are named G. Reinhart.That doesn’t bode well for him.

    Arguably Reinhart is still the better prospect, I just think Musil had much smaller expectations placed on him and found a way to become consistent in his play in spite of his limitations. Reinhart has always seemed like a guy who’s not sure what he is supposed to do out there.

  6. Lowetide says:

    Alpine: Arguably Reinhart is still the better prospect, I just think Musil had much smaller expectations placed on him and found a way to become consistent in his play in spite of his limitations. Reinhart has always seemed like a guy who’s not sure what he is supposed to do out there.

    Also, they need GR to play games. Chances are Musil sits a lot as an Oiler in the coming weeks.

  7. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide,

    Who do you think is the better skater today – Simpson or Musil?

  8. Lowetide says:

    JDï™:
    Lowetide,

    Who do you think is the better skater today – Simpson or Musil?

    Great question, and I do not know the answer.

  9. JDï™ says:

    Golden Knights logo rejected by US patent office. A rocky start for the org, but I guess winning the Cup within 6 seasons will make up for it.

  10. Chachi says:

    JDï™:
    Golden Knights logo rejected by US patent office. A rocky start for the org, but I guess winning the Cup within 6 seasons will make up for it.

    I hear that their back up name is Black Hawks. That should go through no problem.

  11. JDï™ says:

    Chachi: Black Hawks.

    Ha!

    From what I read, it was just the logo – too similar to some college team.

    Go load up on GK merch at the nhl online store, sit on it for five years, and then feeBay that stuff to suckers collectors!

  12. Chachi says:

    JDï™: Ha!

    From what I read, it was just the logo – too similar to some college team.

    Go load up on GK merch at the nhl online store, sit on it for five years, and then feeBay that stuff to suckers collectors!

    A very inauspicious start to the franchise.

  13. BONVIE says:

    Lowetide: Also, they need GR to play games. Chances are Musil sits a lot as an Oiler in the coming weeks.

    Add to that Reinhart needs to stay healthy. He is only up to 8 games played so far this year. I know that the anti-Griffen crowd would like to have you believe him not getting called up has to do with his drop on the depth chart, but in reality it’s about Reinhart needing to play a few hockey games with good health. I would also like to point out Osterle has only played a measly 6 games as well.

    Reinhart still leads the Condor Defense with a plus 5 and has two assists in those 8 games.

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