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.