MUSIL!

Lowetide
October 31 2012 05:09PM

David Musil has played in Edmonton colors before, and will play for the Oilers soon. For now, he's trading in his Giants uniform for an Oil King set. David Musil is a huge upgrade for the OK Blue.

If you're not familiar with Musil as a player, he has some similiarities in style and presentation to current Oiler Ladislav Smid. Redline Report's scouting report on each proves the point:

  • 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 Smid: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.

That has tremendous value. Musil is an impact player in the WHL--an exceptional shut down defenseman. For a team like the Oil Kings that has lost Mark Pysyk to the pro's and Martin Gernat to injury, this is a quality acquisition. The pricetag is a young defender with similar skills (although not at the Musil level) and a first round pick next summer.

A fine deal.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR OILER FANS?

Musil joins fellow Oiler prospects Mitchell Moroz, Travis Ewanyk and the injured Martin Gernat on the Oil Kings roster. For Oiler fans its a chance to see part of the future up close and personal, and in Musil's case a future that is very likely much closer to fruition than the other OK Oiler kids.

Musil may lack offensive potential, but he's a mature player in the discipline NHL teams value him for: defensive coverage and winning one on one battles. The Oilers are clearly high on Musil, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him in a top 6 role in OKC next summer with a cup of coffee in the show also on the table.

There's no need to fast track with Klefbom on the horizon, but if he earns the opportunity there's no need to hold him back either.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Once Martin Gernat gets back into action, with Musil added to Griffin Reinhart, Keegan Lowe, Cody Corbett and Ashton Sautner the Oil Kings will have strength on the blue. That was a major part of their championship team of a year ago.

This is a very good day for Oil Kings and Oiler fans.

 

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#1 They're $hittie
October 31 2012, 05:17PM
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Just posted an comment on the last article saying I was waiting for this post.

5:07

This article 5:09.

Not Bad

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#2 fourfourtwo
October 31 2012, 05:18PM
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Sometimes I wonder how this website gets away with blatantly ripping off lowetide's style. Then I see his name at the bottom.

I have the memory of a goldfish.

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#3 Wanyes bastard child
October 31 2012, 06:30PM
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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#4 Walter
October 31 2012, 06:50PM
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I like that the Oilers seem to be using the Oil Kings to develop their own picks. Start them in the system early and let them grow together.

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#5 Ales Hallsky
October 31 2012, 07:55PM
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Yak scores 2 more. I'm trying to temper my enthusiasm, but he now has more goals than Kovy. Kovy played 15 games and Yak played 10. I know the haters lurk in the shadows here so help me temper....

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#7 Aitch
October 31 2012, 08:46PM
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Musil - he`s family! The last trade I remember that was this blatantly obvious was the Salo-for-Lindgren trade.

As for Yakupov, I have to keep reminding myself that it`s still a small sample size. But, hot damn! Between him and Schultz both easing into their respective next challanges, it`s hard not to want this to come together very soon!

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#8 Tayranchula
October 31 2012, 10:59PM
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Not sure what the update on Gernats injury is, but if Musil wasnt already an Oilers pick I would say this trade may seem like Gernat is going to be on the shelf for awhile and they needed to pick up a top 2/4 defensemen sooner than later. But since Musil is already an Oilers pick it makes complete sense to get him into the organization and keep a thumb on this player.

Really hoping Gernats injury isnt as bad as it could be. Who will Musil be playing with? I think it would be neat to see Gernat (once back) and Musil play together and get some chemistry going together before next training camp starts.

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#9 The Beaker
November 01 2012, 07:08AM
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Didnt the Oil Kings GM say Early January for Musil on Gregors show?

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#10 Quicksilver ballet
November 01 2012, 10:41AM
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Like to see Musil become the Oilers version of Mark Fistric. If he can be aware in his own end, as well as physical, that may help shorten the leap to the big league for him.

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#11 Tony Montana
November 01 2012, 11:58AM
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One more reason why I was glad the Oiler's didn't use our first overall pick to draft another D-man. Young defensemen are fast becoming a position of strength with this Organization. The best thing is that we have a great mix of your d-men

Musil – stay at home defensive defenseman

Klefbom and Marincin – potentially very good two way D-men with physical skill sets that will help them play well at both ends of the ice.

Schultz and Gernat – Puck moving, power play QB type D-men.

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