IT CAME OUT OF THE SKY

Lowetide
July 07 2013 10:19AM

Aidan Muir didn't come from nowhere but you can see it from there. The final North American Central Scouting List saw him rocket to #108 after not making the initial and mid-term list. Who is this guy?

Aidan Muir is not your ordinary teenage hockey player. He was born in Brampton Ontario in August of 1995 and that's just about the only normal thing about him. The week before he was drafted, Aidan flew to Washington to help some fellow Michigan high school students build and then fly an experimental airplane. Normal right?

Wrong.

Muir's quick jump up the draft charts is in keeping with the unusual. Central Scouting's MAIN goal is to draw attention to draft eligible players in a specific year, giving all NHL teams an even chance at least in terms of knowing all the names. Muir's name made only the final list.

IS HE ANY GOOD?

The stats published on Muir tell us he's a big kid and that he was a good player at the midget level this season. In other words, not a lot. Scott Reynolds--an outstanding observer of the game--had a lash at the question this week and came away thinking this is an extreme long shot. Which makes sense, that's kind of what you're getting at #113 overall.

THIS WEEK

This week, Oiler fans have had a chance to see Muir at the Prospects camp in Sherwood Park and early returns are impressive. A buddy of mine told me his play with the puck is exceptional and he's certainly going to be a power player when he matures. And then there's this:

The best scouting report I've seen is from Chris Dilks article:

  • 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.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

It's tough to get a handle on Muir. He might never be heard from again or he might take off like a bat out of hell in the fall (he'll be playing in the USHL). At this point, we can be encouraged by the reactions of guys like McCurdy, and count those as encouraging arrows.

Previously in the series:

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#51 Quicksilver ballet
July 07 2013, 11:18PM
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DoubleJ wrote:

I had a buddy go watch. He told me the same basically as you guys. Klefbom stood out big time. But he also kept noticing Kahria kicking butt in all the drills. Kahria was the forward who stood out the most.

I thought Zarkov looked great. That kid looked a step quicker than most of the others on Thursday, he gets around the ice real well. Haven't see him at all in scrimmages yet, but if this kid doesn't have any competition/drive issues. He could be a rock solid pick. He just gets around the ice with the greatest of ease it looked like to me, perhaps there's even another gear there as well during games. Hope there's none of that taking shifts off/disappearing for a period or a game at a time. Should be interesting to watch his progress throughout the coming season.

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#52 johnny
July 08 2013, 12:16AM
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They make the caramilk bars upside down,basically. They fill the upside down top part with caramel, then cover it with a flat sheet of chocolate,flip it right side up, and voila.

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#53 tom
July 08 2013, 04:47AM
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I used to play on Evan Campbells Team when he played in JR. B, 2 years ago. He had some hands and speed but he didn't stand out that much. He was also quite soft in tough games. Good guy to drink with though.

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#54 The Soup Fascist
July 08 2013, 05:54AM
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tom wrote:

I used to play on Evan Campbells Team when he played in JR. B, 2 years ago. He had some hands and speed but he didn't stand out that much. He was also quite soft in tough games. Good guy to drink with though.

Too bad we didn't get Seguin. They would have gotten along famously.

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#55 Spydyr
July 08 2013, 07:38AM
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johnny wrote:

They make the caramilk bars upside down,basically. They fill the upside down top part with caramel, then cover it with a flat sheet of chocolate,flip it right side up, and voila.

You told....expect a knock on your door from the men in black.

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#56 The Soup Fascist
July 08 2013, 10:30AM
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johnny wrote:

They make the caramilk bars upside down,basically. They fill the upside down top part with caramel, then cover it with a flat sheet of chocolate,flip it right side up, and voila.

How do they glue the two chocolate halves together?

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#57 Word
July 08 2013, 12:49PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

How do they glue the two chocolate halves together?

Unicorn spit.

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#58 The Soup Fascist
July 08 2013, 12:55PM
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Word wrote:

Unicorn spit.

Solved

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#59 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
July 08 2013, 08:21PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

How do they glue the two chocolate halves together?

chocolate welding

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