October 04 2012 07:59AM
This is David Musil. He is playing his final junior season with the Vancouver Giants. Despite fine play from the young defender, the Giants are not winning hockey games. Is Musil a candidate for trade? Could the Oil Kings be interested?
GIANTS STRUGGLING EARLY
David Musil is an outstanding defender at the junior and world junior level--we saw that last Christmas when the young man played incredible minutes for his country. In the WHL, Musil is a quality player (5, 1-3-4 even) on a team with one win in 5 games and a 12-23 GF/GA differential.
It's early, and things can change. However, if the Giants continue to lose 4 out of 5 it won't be long before they consider sending out some veterans in exchange for youth and draft picks. Not now, but something to keep in your back pocket as the fall and winter roll along.
OIL KINGS NEED D?
The Injury to Martin Gernat (and Mark Pysyk graduating to pro hockey) means the club started in something of a hole to begin the season. Recent injuries to Keegan Lowe and Cody Corbett added to the difficulty and there's also the possibility of Griffin Reinhart being called to NY Islander training camp if the NHL/PA ever
takes its head out of its ass solves their dispute.
WHAT WOULD IT TAKE?
Hell if I know, although prospects and picks are the currency of the WHL. This Aaron Irving kid is probably too valuable to send away, but the Oil Kings have laid a lot of pipe prospect wise and one would guess they have the assets to get something done.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
This isn't a new idea, twitter has mentioned Musil to Edmonton for many days now. The thing is, it makes sense. The Edmonton Oil Kings may be shopping for defensemen and doing it early. David Musil may not be playing games that matter after Christmas and the WJ's.
Something to keep in mind.