NHL Ready

This is David Musil. Among the players selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, he was one of the most “NHL ready.” Kids like Gabriel Landeskog and Mark McNeill  are more prepared than other prospects for various reasons, mostly having to do with skill set and physical development.

David Musil’s job description–stay at home defender–is the kind of discipline that normally requires years of on the job training before NHL arrival. This could be true in Musil’s case, but there is some evidence that he could be on a fast train.


International Scouting services called Musil #1 defensive defenseman available in the 2011 entry draft, and counted decision making and reliability among his strengths. Musil is a man already in size–6.03, 200 according to ISS–and has some impressive things on his resume.

ISS: He is not easy to get around, can play physical when required and isn’t afraid to mix it up or answer the bell when required. He has great gap control and can really lure players in and then strip them of the puck using his big reach. His skating ability has come a long way as has most of his other technical skills.

Musil will play in the Joey Moss game today alongside Taylor Fedun. He is one of 22 defensemen in camp right now, and my guess is on TC exit he’ll be higher on the depth chart than he was when he entered camp. David Musil could fly by a few defensemen in the organization over the next 12 months and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him pushing for NHL employment one year from now.

I don’t think he’s ever going to be a big time offensive performer (his shot is not strong, although should be better than Laddy Smid’s) but if ending opposition sorties has high value–and it does–then Musil’s game should get him to the show the moment he’s ready. The countdown for Oiler fans begins today.

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