Could the last Oilers prospect out of Oklahoma City please turn off the light? The Edmonton Oilers emergency recalled David Musil today, just hours before the Barons were scheduled to play a game against the Checkers in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Barons won last night and have some clearance but also have a chance to move up a little before the end of the season.
David Musil is a famous prospect in the Oilers system and has been the subject of much debate this calendar year. Edmonton’s scouting department has come under fire for their second-round selections and Musil is a player who has been mentioned several times as being a wasted or unfortunate selection.
— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) April 3, 2015
Musil was ranked No. 17 overall in 2011 by Red Line Report, No. 41 by Bob McKenzie (the bible of drafting) and ISS had him No. 27 overall. Red Line said:
- RLR on Musil: His father, Frank, was a longtime NHL defenseman and currently a highly respected scout. 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. Comparable to Ladislav Smid.
Here’s what I wrote about him in August 2014 during the RE series:
- How well did he perform in the AHL as a rookie? Well enough to establish himself as a legit NHL prospect. He can play the position, read sorties and defend them, and has the acumen required to make up for shortcomings at the AHL level.
- Does this bode well for him as an NHL prospect? Yes. There’s a job waiting for him if he continues to progress.
- What is the job? Defensive defenseman, penalty killer. The Ladislav Smid role.
- Does that have value? Sure. There are many players of his type still on NHL rosters, and I expect we’ll see them for the next 20 years. Their number and their impact is lost to the puck movers currently, and that’s likely to continue. You may see teams with only one of this player-type in the future.
- Among current Oilers, whose skill set most closely resembles Musil? Smid is the easy answer, but he’s gone. Mark Fayne has many of the same elements in his game that David Musil will bring to the NHL, should he arrive there.
The Oilers have recalled pretty much everyone from the farm this season (the only defenders of note from OKC without a callup are Dillon Simpson and Martin Gernat) and the number of men who have played on both the Barons on the Oilers is very long.
OILERS (BARONS) 2014-15
- C Anton Lander 34GP, 6-12-18 (29GP, 9-22-31 in OKC)
- D Oscar Klefbom 56GP, 2-16-18 (9GP, 1-7-8 in OKC)
- R Andrew Miller 8GP, 1-5-6 (58GP, 25-31-56 in OKC)
- R Steve Pinizzotto 18GP, 2-2-4 (21GP, 1-10-11 in OKC)
- D Brad Hunt 11GP, 1-2-3 (55GP, 16-31-47 in OKC)
- R Iiro Pakarinen 17GP, 1-2-3 (39GP, 17-11-28 in OKC)
- L Luke Gazdic 36GP, 2-1-3 (5GP, 2-0-2 in OKC) (rehab)
- D Martin Marincin 37GP, 1-2-3 (27GP, 0-7-7 in OKC)
- L Ryan Hamilton 16GP, 1-1-2 (36GP, 17-15-32 in OKC)
- D Keith Aulie 27GP, 0-1-1 (8GP, 0-1-1 in OKC)
- R Tyler Pitlick 14GP, 1-0-1 (14GP, 3-6-9 in OKC)
- D Brandon Davidson 8GP, 1-0-1 (52GP, 4-6-10 in OKC)
- D Jordan Oesterle 6GP, 0-1-1 (59GP, 7-16-23 in OKC)
- C Will Acton 3GP, 0-0-0 (6GP, 1-1-2 in OKC)
- C Bogdan Yakimov 1GP, 0-0-0 (57GP, 12-16-28 in OKC)
- D David Musil 0GP, 0-0-0 (62GP, 1-9-10 in OKC)
- G Richard Bachman 5GP, 3.04 .908 (22GP, 2.30 .921 in OKC)
- G Tyler Bunz 1GP, 9.00 .750 (2GP, 5.00 .839 in OKC)
That’s a lot of recall. When Musil plays (or should he play) the Oilers will basically have an entire roster (2G, 7D, 9F) and the 298 NHL games played by the group above represents about 19% of the total roster spots for Edmonton this year (assuming 20 dress for 78 games that have been played this year, it gets wobbly because of the goalies). Either way, it’s a lot of man games from the minor leagues.
MUSIL’S RECALL: WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
I had a chance to see David Musil many times in junior and his defensive coverage was very good. The young man’s speed has always been the issue and one imagines that is what he’s been working on in the minor leagues. His recall is an opportunity to see him at the NHL level and give him some idea about the gap between the two leagues.
In reading the reactions to my Tyler Bunz item at ON (and a few dms and emails) it sounds like most Oilers fans are happy for the player and look forward to seeing him in an NHL game. There’s no guarantee we see him but chances are he gets a shot between now and the end of the season.