The Edmonton Oilers recalled David Musil today, as Mark Fayne heads back to IR. The parent club now possesses three Condors blue—Matt Benning, Dillon Simpson, and Musil. So far, only Benning has played (and played well), but that may change tomorrow night in Philadelphia. Musil has played in four NHL games, Simpson waits for his initial game.
CONDORS DEFENSE, 2015-16
These are the major players from a year ago, interesting to note none of the group graduated fall 2016 to the NHL. Oesterle is injured, Reinhart just back from a back issue, and Simpson plus Musil are now in the NHL. Only the chaotic Laleggia remains in Bakersfield healthy and uncalled. These estimated TOI totals are via Eric Rodgers.
CONDORS DEFENSE, 2016-17
There are some strange numbers here, that happens early in a season (some of these defenders have played in fewer than 10 AHL games). All numbers via Prospect-Stats.com.
The leaders offensively (Oesterle, Laleggia) are clearly having issues, because there is no way on earth Musil should be the most productive player in the group. I spoke to Ryan Holt (Condors PBP man) today, and he expressed Musil (and Griffin Reinhart) would be the most likely recalls based on recent performances.
This is a great spot for Musil. With expansion on the way, there are 14 new jobs (7 NHL, 7 AHL) and he could parlay some NHL time into a real shot next fall. I hope he does well.
I wrote about Musil—who has not yet appeared in the Winter Top 20—during the summer in the RE series (predicting 10gp, 0-1-1 in the NHL) and here is a repeat of that post:
- What will his role be in Bakersfield? He is a shutdown defender, who can play either side. The drastic nature of lefties playing right-hand side (six per cent!) might suggest he would be better suited to LH side. Bakersfield is rife with same.
- Where do you project him on the depth chart? Musil will be in the top 4D, possibly top pairing. Musil is an effective defender, and is very good at keeping himself between the puck and the Condors net.
- What has changed since his draft day? Musil has adjusted to pro and established himself as a strong defender. His skating remains an issue but he has improved. One of the good arrows about this player is his determination and dedication to improve. I haven’t read a negative word about him. Ever.
- What does Musil need to work on? Speed remains the issue.
- What one thing will get Musil to the NHL? Two things: Brains and consistency. He is the rare prospect who appears to have established himself as a consistent performer in his field of expertise. He is also extremely effective in reading plays—probably got it from his Dad.
- Anything else? The Leftorium is a monster on this team. Musil is probably better off getting traded out to another team with fewer lefties. If Darnell Nurse or Griffin Reinhart are dealt, that could also open up an opportunity (Jordan Oesterle will not be applying for the same job).
- What will keep him out of the NHL? Mobility. It has improved, but remains an issue. Edmonton traded for Griffin Reinhart, who (despite what you may have heard to the contrary) has far better mobility.
- What does his coach say? Gerry Fleming, Condors Coach: “He’s been our number-one shutdown guy and been great on the penalty kill. We use him in all situations, we use him late in the game when we’re up a goal, and he’s responded well. The biggest thing is when you don’t notice Dave during a game, you know he’s had a good game. He reads the play offensively as well. A lot of people underestimate his value in that area but he jumps in at the right times. He activates at the offensive blue line at the right times, he’s been getting pucks down to the net a lot better, and creating offensive chances for himself. But his specialty, obviously, is as a shutdown guy and he’s done a good job at that. We’d like to see him get an opportunity but that’s out of his control. All he can control is the way he plays down here. At times it’s been a little frustrating for him. We’ve had a few talks and he’d like to get an opportunity but you can’t worry about whether or not you’re going to get an opportunity. You have to worry about the things you can control in your game.” Source
- Will he get claimed on waivers? My guess is no. We wait.