OILERS SIGN MUSIL

The Edmonton Oilers signed David Musil on June 30th, I haven’t had a chance to touch on it until today. Musil is a “safe” pick, a defender who is very likely to play in the NHL.

I think this is a great photo, mostly because Musil is kind of Johnny Canuck. A big strapping defender, strong as an ox with a bit of a mean streak.We have a good comp for Musil on the Edmonton Oilers and I think it’s best reflected in Redline Report’s pre-draft profile on each player:

  • RLR on Musil: David has excellent size and strength and plays a rugged brand of hockey with a bit of a mean streak. He reads developing plays well and uses anticipation to break up plays before they become dangerous. He’s got good hockey sense in all three zones, but his offensive upside is limited due to his mediocre point shot.
  • RLR on his comp:Maintains great gap control and always squares up to the puckhandler. Has good poise, plays solid, mistake-free game in own zone and is excellent positionally. Reads and anticipates developing plays well. Good laterally, but 1st step and straightaway speed are average. Is not good as either a PP quarterback or trigger-man— has weak shot and makes poor decisions in puck distribution.

The comp? Smid.

Musil scores well as a “good bet” and I do think he has the tools to contribute to winning games. I don’t think he’s a “complete” defender in that the offense isn’t going to reach levels where he’ll be a PP option in pro hockey.

I ranked Musil #10 on my winter top 20 and #12 on the summer edition because I don’t think he’ll have a complete player’s skills (lacks the offensive dimension). I also think foot speed shows up enough in the discussion that we should make note of it. However, the major reason he’s outside the prospect top 10 is that players with a wider range of skills (which this blog holds in high regard) are placed ahead of him.

I think he’s a terrific prospect and a good bet to have an NHL career.

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  1. Moosemess says:

    “Steve Smith”: You’ve got an awfully harsh definition of “mediocre”.Gilbert’s no Suter, but he’s better than anybody the Oilers have currently (unless Whitney’s suddenly healthy or Justin Schultz blows the doors off reasonable expectations in his rookie season).

    I think you need to look outside the narrow confines of the Oilers to properly appraise players. If you look at Gilbert’s CV relative to his peers across the NHL, the words mediocre, average, or journeyman could all be applied to this player.

    He’s an ‘offensive defenceman” who doesn’t score a lot of points, has never made an all-star team or won an NHL award, has never distinguished himself in the postseason. In short, he’s a serviceable defenseman in a league that has many of them.

    Mediocre by definition means ordinary or moderate. Sounds like Tom Gilbert in a nutshell to me.

  2. Boondock says:

    ashley:
    Wow, 13 years.That’s a really long time.What was I doing in 1999?I can’t even remember.

    At 27 years of age, Ryan Suter signed a 13 year contract, which is a hell of a long time considering all that can happen over that period.

    Just as a matter of interest, 13 years ago (in 1998-1999), there were 4 27 year old defensemen in the league’s 30 scoring defensemen who’s deals, if they were signed to a 13 year deal, would have just ended this past year.

    Boris Mironov
    Daryl Sydor
    Dan McGillis
    Alexei Zhitnik

  3. nathan says:

    JW @ ON reckons Suter and Parise is roughly an improvement in goal differential from -49 to -18 vs. the Oilers -27.

    http://oilersnation.com/2012/7/4/minnesota-wild-sign-zach-parise-and-ryan-suter-how-much-better-will-the-team-be

    But like the arrows on both squads and looking forward to fighting the Wild for a playoff spot.

  4. DSF says:

    leadfarmer:
    Logged in today and waslike wow 200 comments on David Musil whats going on.Then I saw the big news, what a fantastic bit of sorcery by Fletcher.I might finally go to the excel and watch the wild play the oilers instead of staying at home and turning the game off after half an hour.Huge news for the sport here, cause while hockey is huge in MSP the Wild are not.

    Didn’t I tell you?

    And there’s far more to come:

    Craig Button ‏@CraigJButton

    Minnesota Wild are loaded with ‘A’ prospects. Granlund, Brodin, Dumba, Johan Larsson, Zucker, Coyle, Phillips, Hackett, Lucia. Bright future
    Retweeted by Pierre LeBrun

    Yikes.

  5. nathan says:

    DSF,

    Hackett is older than Eberle. You do know that prospects graduating is not a bad thing, right?
    But carry on cherry picking. What else would you do.

  6. nathan says:

    DSF,

    In fairness that really is someone else’s list. So for once you’re not cherry picking. Happy to see the Wild with a chance to make something out of their years in the wilderness. Like the chances here for the Oilers young core.

  7. DSF says:

    nathan:
    DSF,

    In fairness that really is someone else’s list. So for once you’re not cherry picking. Happy to see the Wild with a chance to make something out of their years in the wilderness. Like the chances here for the Oilers young core.

    Of course you do…

    But some critical thought would indicate the Wild are loaded the way the Kings were loaded when Lombardi put the pedal down.

    The Oilers core players IMO are Eberle, Hall, Hopkins, Yakupov, Smid and Petry.

    Minny has a better player at every position and still more cavalry coming over the hill.

    Fletcher took over the reins in Minny May 1, 2009. (that’s a year after Tambellini.)

    In 3 short years, he has built a team that now appears to be a Stanley Cup contender.

    No accident that he is a Harvard Grad who also worked as an agent with Newport Sports.

  8. nathan says:

    Newport Sports, eh. What a co-incidence the Wild were on the JS short list as well as the Parise short list. Like Spector always says GMs can’t collude, but agents and players can talk to anyone anytime to co-ordinate interests. So there’s a lot to be said for agency experience like Lombardi and Gillis had.

    You’re riding mighty fine straw dogs if you’re imagining that anyone is saying the Oilers’s core is old enough to be better on paper or that Tambellini grades ahead of Fletcher. The Oilers are further out but I like their upside more. They’ll be in a position to put the hammer down in in 2 year without those scorched earth 13 year contracts.

  9. Ice Sage says:

    DSF: Of course you do…

    But some critical thought would indicate the Wild are loaded the way the Kings were loaded when Lombardi put the pedal down.

    The Oilers core players IMO are Eberle, Hall, Hopkins, Yakupov, Smid and Petry.

    Minny has a better player at every position and still more cavalry coming over the hill.

    Fletcher took over the reins in Minny May 1, 2009. (that’s a year after Tambellini.)

    In 3 short years, he has built a team that now appears to be a Stanley Cup contender.

    No accident that he is a Harvard Grad who also worked as an agent with Newport Sports.

    When you try to pick Oiler cherries, you’re just the pits – add J. Schultz, Dubnyk, Klefbom, Hartikainen to the core. Gagner…? One more year tryout for me.

    There aren’t enough roster spots for all of Minnesota’s so-called prospects. Is Tommy Gilbert part of their elite core now? Cal Clutterbuck? Can any team with Dany Heatly help but underachieve?

    Ryan Suter is Wayne Redden redux (Nashville has chosen wisely, unlike Ottawa) and Parise will be akin to Paul Stastny – good but not as great in the West. Playoffs, yes. LA / St.L / Chi / Vcr good? not yet.

  10. DSF says:

    Ice Sage: When you try to pick Oiler cherries, you’re just the pits – add J. Schultz, Dubnyk, Klefbom, Hartikainen to the core.Gagner…?One more year tryout for me.

    There aren’t enough roster spots for all of Minnesota’s so-called prospects.Is Tommy Gilbert part of their elite core now?Cal Clutterbuck?Can any team with Dany Heatly help but underachieve?

    Ryan Suter is Wayne Redden redux (Nashville has chosen wisely, unlike Ottawa) and Parise will be akin to Paul Stastny – good but not as great in the West.Playoffs, yes.LA / St.L / Chi / Vcr good? not yet.

    That is just a lot of homerism.

    Nashville had no choice….Suter is one of the best ten defensemen in the league.

    Saying Minnesota has “no room” for their prospects just tells you how loaded their roster is.

    Is Shultz better than Suter? No. No he’s not and never will be.

    Is Dubnyk better than Harding or is Khabilbulin better than Backstrom? No they’re not.

    Klefbom, Hatikainen and Gagner?

    Have you ever heard of Brodin, Granlund, Phillips, Coyle, Falk, Cuma and Bulner?

    These guys are ALL blue cup prospects.

    Gagner, really?

    He would be fifth or sixth on the Wild centre depth chart.

  11. Mesmer says:

    DSF,

    Really DSF? Which Minnesota Wild depth chart would that be? The one with a 35 year old Matt Cullen as the 2nd line center? Kyle Brodziak and Jake Dowell would be thrilled to know you think so highly of them.

    I feel I should point out that the Justin Falk you think so highly of is not the Blue chip prospect Justin FAULK that the rest of the league (especially Carolina) think so highly of. Still, seeing as you think Tyler Cuma and Brett Bulmer are blue chip prospects I guess that means Cameron Abney is one too.

  12. Lowetide says:

    Mesmer with the big fly lol.

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