Aidan Muir turns 18 tomorrow, meaning he was one of the very youngest players available in the June entry draft. Muir showed well at the summer prospect camp, despite being the only 17-year old on the ice. Not much is known about the young man, but each brush stroke that appears on the canvas indicates a stronger-than-first-thought prospect.
Why did the Oilers draft him? Well he was certainly trending late in the spring lead up to draft day:
And he ended up being the 91st North American kid taken in the 2013 entry draft, out of that hockey factory known as Victory Honda. I fired up the Al Gore and went in search of Aidan Muir, reminded of the golden moments that were the Alexei Mikhnov and Jesse Niinimaki ‘searching Mr. Google’ boondoggles.
MUIR THE GOOD
Bruce McCurdy “saw him good” at the Oilers Summer Development Camp in Sherwood Park and posted the following:
- McCurdy: Aidan Muir: Oilers went way off-the-board in selecting him out of the Midwest Elite Hockey League (wazzat?), and are surely prepared to wait for him, given he’s got at least a year in the USHL before going the NCAA route. Still just 17 with an Aug 21 birthday, Muir was the youngest player at camp by nearly six months, but kept catching my eye in a positive way with his strapping frame (listed at 6’3, 191) and decent straight-ahead speed.
- Chris Dilks: Muir is a 6’3″ 180 lbs. power forward. He’s a decent skater for his size, though there is still some room for improvement. With his frame, there’s also the potential to add a little more strength. His biggest attribute is his grit and toughness in the dirty areas of the ice along the boards and in front of the net, and that he has the hands to make plays in tight spaces. He’s also a very high energy player and a tireless worker. I’d begin looking at selecting Muir somewhere in the late third to early fourth round of the draft, though wouldn’t be shocked a team was interested in him even earlier than that.
Dilks pretty much nailed it, as Muir went later in the fourth round. Muir was the 1st overall selection of the USHL’s Indiana Ice, and that’s where he is expected to play this coming season. There really isn’t much on this kid, but there’s certainly more of a buzz about him now than on draft day.