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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#1 Spydyr
July 07 2013, 11:13AM
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Simon wrote:

What happens when the Oilers win the Stanley Cup, we will have enormous cap problems. I worry

Talk about first world problems. How about winning a Cup first before worrying about cap space.

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#3 Spydyr
July 07 2013, 01:00PM
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Muji wrote:

Why should I care about Aidan Muir?

Why did you read the blog then post in the comment section?

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#4 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
July 07 2013, 01:06PM
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Muji wrote:

Why should I care about Aidan Muir?

because rumour has it he holds the secret of the Caramilk bar.

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#5 oliveoilers
July 07 2013, 11:12AM
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Simon wrote:

What happens when the Oilers win the Stanley Cup, we will have enormous cap problems. I worry

Let's cross that bridge when we get to it, eh? If the our problem that we keep winning cups and hitting the cap, then I'll take that problem right now please.

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#6 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
July 07 2013, 01:53PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

because rumour has it he holds the secret of the Caramilk bar.

No, the secret of the Caramilk bar is as so.....

First they lay out the base of the.....oh crap, there's the doorbell, brb.

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#7 Mikey
July 07 2013, 10:36AM
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You had me at tireless worker.

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#8 Simon
July 07 2013, 11:06AM
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What happens when the Oilers win the Stanley Cup, we will have enormous cap problems. I worry

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#9 Simon
July 07 2013, 11:20AM
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@Lowetide

It was a joke.

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#10 Jeffff
July 07 2013, 11:22AM
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Does anyone know how Darnell Nurse has looked at Oilers development camp?

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#11 Smokey
July 07 2013, 03:47PM
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Has there been any reports on development camp. Last few years have been nearly televised, and this years been nearly in obscurity .

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#12 MarcusBillius
July 07 2013, 10:27AM
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Sounds like the kind of player best served by going to college, or at least spending a full career in junior.

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#14 RyanCoke
July 07 2013, 10:42AM
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Hopefully he turns into an NHLer on a good oilers team in 5 years

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#15 oilers2k10
July 07 2013, 11:02AM
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"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."

This seems to be the scouting report on pretty much every prospect the Oilers have acquired over the last six months or so. I like the direction this team is going.

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#16 Spydyr
July 07 2013, 11:18AM
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In all honesty if Feaster made this pick most of us would be roasting him.

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#17 Time Travelling Sean
July 07 2013, 11:18AM
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That lawnmower vid made me laugh.

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#20 Rama Lama
July 07 2013, 11:32AM
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If he is so good how come he did not make a junior hockey team? What does magnificent Stu say about him?

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#21 geno
July 07 2013, 11:53AM
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I went to the development camp and was most impressed by him. Wouldn't peg him as a power forward, but there were no physicality drills.

He's a good skater, he's got great hands, a pretty good shot, and is pretty tall at 6'3.

Also liked what I saw from Evan Campbell. Good skater with good speed

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#22 GVBlackhawk
July 07 2013, 12:01PM
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Jeffff wrote:

Does anyone know how Darnell Nurse has looked at Oilers development camp?

I drove up and watched the first day. Nurse looks okay but is definitely not ready to make the jump to pro. Klefbom was head and shoulders better than anyone on the ice. I'm hoping he starts the year in OKC in order to play big minutes. I think he could make the Oilers out of training camp, but might not get enough minutes as a 3rd pairing guy.

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#23 GVBlackhawk
July 07 2013, 12:07PM
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geno wrote:

I went to the development camp and was most impressed by him. Wouldn't peg him as a power forward, but there were no physicality drills.

He's a good skater, he's got great hands, a pretty good shot, and is pretty tall at 6'3.

Also liked what I saw from Evan Campbell. Good skater with good speed

Talk about two opposing views! My thought was: this kid will never make it unless he can learn to play with his head up.

Saw him good for me was Greg Chase. Agitating little guy who has decent skating and skill. It's no wonder opposition teams hate this guy! Will be a good addition to OKC in 2 years.

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#24 Muji
July 07 2013, 12:28PM
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Why should I care about Aidan Muir?

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#25 nathan
July 07 2013, 12:31PM
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Sleeper invited to USHL mid-season and drafted #1 for next year? That's a value pick for a Feaster first rounder.

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#26 Evilas
July 07 2013, 12:48PM
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Is there anyone in the blogosphere that did a prospects assessment based on what they saw at the camp this week?

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#28 Fresh Mess
July 07 2013, 12:56PM
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And the internet oiler fan hype machine begins on a new prospect to badly overrate.

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#29 Oilcan
July 07 2013, 01:10PM
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I saw that he is playing two years in the USHL and then going to college, the Oilers would have to sign him after the two years or he is a redraft correct? But would there be some college loophole that he would have "declared" going to college so he is not eligible for a redraft?

If that's the case then the Oilers just drafted a big player with decent skills late and got 6 years of free development for him...smart way to use a late draft pick.

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#30 RexLibris
July 07 2013, 01:12PM
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So based on what I'm reading, Muir has the potential to be a big winger who can agitate and chip in an occasional goal, maybe even play with skill and not look out of place.

Why take him in the 100s of the draft? I thought these guys were supposed to go 31st overall.

Kidding. Kind of.

Still hard for me to read "Muir" and not think Bryan.

Seriously though, Muir looks like he is a good prospect for where he was taken. A flier on a kid with his skill set and development (not to mention age range relative to his draft peers) is a safer gamble than reaching down ten or fifteen spots with the first pick in the second round.

On another note, I think I know somebody who did something like that to their lawnmower. And various other around-the-house items. One of the best things in the world is knowing someone like that, you get all the stories (and occasionally the video) and none of the scars/amputations/lawsuits.

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#32 michael
July 07 2013, 01:25PM
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Simon wrote:

What happens when the Oilers win the Stanley Cup, we will have enormous cap problems. I worry

What are worried about? I think your basing your fears on the current 64 million dollar cap. Do you see the cap remaining at that? With expansion on the horizon with perhaps 4 teams added in the next 2-7 years and the addition of new arenas in Brooklyn and Edmonton and Calgary. The gate revenue will increase. Tv revenue will increase due to the HNIC contract coming due. The league will see revenue increase probably by 15% in the next 3 years. It will probably mean that the NHL will be 3.2-3.8 billion dollar league in terms of revenue if not more. The cap will be closer to 80 million in 3 years than the current 64ish.

Your fears are based on current dollars. Where do you see the dollars going down?

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#33 The Real Scuba Steve
July 07 2013, 01:30PM
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Simon wrote:

What happens when the Oilers win the Stanley Cup, we will have enormous cap problems. I worry

AHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH HAAAAAAAAA AAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

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#34 Oilcan
July 07 2013, 02:03PM
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Lowetide wrote:

If he's going to college, Oilers would hold his rights until his final season in the NCAA ends. Unless of course he changes his mind.

Even if he hasn't gone to college yet, since he will be in the USHL for 2 years the 2015 draft (his redraft) would happen before he actually attends college.

So a verbal commitment holds enough value in the eyes of the NHL to keep him Oilers property?

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#36 Rama Lama
July 07 2013, 03:03PM
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Allan..........do you have any information on Jughir Kahria ( spelling could be wrong) and how he is tracking on the developmental plan?

I recall someone writing that he is tracking extremely well?

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#38 madjam
July 07 2013, 03:17PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

I drove up and watched the first day. Nurse looks okay but is definitely not ready to make the jump to pro. Klefbom was head and shoulders better than anyone on the ice. I'm hoping he starts the year in OKC in order to play big minutes. I think he could make the Oilers out of training camp, but might not get enough minutes as a 3rd pairing guy.

Never made it this year to training camp , but Klefbom stuck out last year as well. Yakupov's release was tremendous as well as most other skills as far as forwards that stuck out .Besides Nurse evaluation did you notice any improvement from Musil in respect to his speed and laterall mobility ? How did other Oil King boys fair ? Noticed a lot of kids play during camp with their heads down - not unusual they are concentrating so hard on the discipline . Did you notice who was fluid skating backwards and if any had power in their backhand shot . Always amazes me each of the several years I made it there how bad some of the prospects were skating laterally ,backwards and the lost art of the backhand . Any stick out this year ?

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#39 Spydyr
July 07 2013, 04:09PM
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Smokey wrote:

Has there been any reports on development camp. Last few years have been nearly televised, and this years been nearly in obscurity .

If they televised it I would of PVRED it.

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#40 Rama Lama
July 07 2013, 04:24PM
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Lowetide wrote:

I have him as the #2 forward prospect in the system

http://lowetide.ca/blog/2013/07/summer-top-30.html

Great read! Thanks

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#41 GVBlackhawk
July 07 2013, 04:40PM
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madjam wrote:

Never made it this year to training camp , but Klefbom stuck out last year as well. Yakupov's release was tremendous as well as most other skills as far as forwards that stuck out .Besides Nurse evaluation did you notice any improvement from Musil in respect to his speed and laterall mobility ? How did other Oil King boys fair ? Noticed a lot of kids play during camp with their heads down - not unusual they are concentrating so hard on the discipline . Did you notice who was fluid skating backwards and if any had power in their backhand shot . Always amazes me each of the several years I made it there how bad some of the prospects were skating laterally ,backwards and the lost art of the backhand . Any stick out this year ?

Klefbom stood out this year like Yakupov did last year. I mean....WAY beyond the other guys. Apparently that was his first camp, too, and says he can play better than that.

No other real stand-outs, unfortunately.

Musil is still a poor skater. He is not agile whatsoever. I hear that he is hiring a full-time skating coach this summer. Hopefully he makes some gains in that regard. If not, he is going to get killed by speedy pro forwards. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in Stockton rather than OKC this fall.

I was disappointed not to be able to see Dillon Simpson who was out with an injury.

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#42 Rod from Viking
July 07 2013, 05:12PM
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I know the secret to the Caramilk Bar, they freeze the Caramel and then dip it in chocolate

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#43 bwar
July 07 2013, 05:28PM
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Wow really surprised the Flames didn't draft him in the first.

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#44 The real minnow
July 07 2013, 05:36PM
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Hey LT, any chance the Oil Kings possibly try and trade for Greg Chase now that he's oiler property? seems like the smart move, and thats what they've done in the past with some other kids that they draft. whatcha think?

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#45 madjam
July 07 2013, 06:13PM
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GVBLACKHAWK . Thanks for your candid opinions - sounds like I didn"t miss to much this go around .

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#46 GVBlackhawk
July 07 2013, 06:55PM
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madjam wrote:

GVBLACKHAWK . Thanks for your candid opinions - sounds like I didn"t miss to much this go around .

No problem. These camps are such a small sample size and we shouldn't get too high or low on any prospect at this stage. But I think that we should all be excited about the future defense corps on the Oilers.

Yeah I agree that the tone was quite subdued vs the circus atmosphere from the last three seasons. There's no flashy forward talent this year.

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#47 Oilfan69
July 07 2013, 10:16PM
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You know I can't believe we haven't seen Wayne fire up an "e14 for c14" campaign. ( with stickers of course )

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#48 DoubleJ
July 07 2013, 10:19PM
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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.

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#49 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
July 07 2013, 11:01PM
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@Jeffff

Seen him on that first day as well. Had hopes of him just flat out being better than one of those 5-7 types.

Physically he appears closer than he really is. He would get eaten alive having to play with every day NHL'ers. I think he needs one more full year in junior, followed up with atleast half a season in something comparable to the AHL. At his age, and the AHL not an option, it appears two more yrs playing with kids is on his agenda.

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#50 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
July 07 2013, 11:09PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I know the secret to the Caramilk Bar, they freeze the Caramel and then dip it in chocolate

Mind blown....

But, what holds those 8 pieces perfectly aligned/in place whilst being drowned in said shockolate?

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