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David Musil heads back to Europe

According to the Czech hockey site, Sport.cz, former prospect David Musil has signed to play in the Czech Republic with HC Ocelari.

Back in 2011, David Musil was the Oilers first pick in the second round (31st overall) and was touted for his strong defensive play. While his size, strength, and positioning were never in question, it was Musil’s lacklustre skating ability that really held him back from being able to make the jump to the NHL. In the six years following his draft, the Calgary native was only able to land himself a cup of coffee with the Edmonton Oilers and it made sense that he would look for further opportunity elsewhere.

Musil spoke about heading back to Europe and what he can provide (keep in mind this is a translation):

“It’s a change, I’m looking forward to back home, to try European hockey again. I have the reasons why I’m coming back. One of my efforts is to get to the Olympics, and European players will be coming next year. I believe it will be a successful engagement, I want not only to show to everyone in Třinec that I can do hockey. I want to play the best, I have great expectations and I will do everything for our success.”

From what I can put together, HC Ocelari was in need of an upgrade on the defensive side of the puck and they feel as though David Musil can help to fill that hole. According to the team’s coach, Musil could play a prominent role for his new team:

“David is a young and perspective defender. He has a lot of experience at his age, both overseas and in the (Czech Republic). It will be a boost for us, I believe it will fit into the team and bring something new that missed us here. ” -Vladimir Kyhos

THE WRAP…

Needless to say, this news wasn’t all that surprising when you consider that Musil had only played four games with the Oilers in the six years since he was drafted. A pro hockey career has a very short lifespan and it makes sense that Musil will want to try to make some cash while he can for a team that is going to show him some love. While the terms weren’t disclosed on his new deal with HC Ocelari, you’d have to guess that he’ll be making more than any of the offers he got on this side of the pond (assuming he got offers, of course)? At the end of the day, losing David Musil won’t be a massive blow to the Edmonton Oilers he does represent another failed high round pick that the Oilers ended up wasting… as per tradition. Unfortunately, those picks are starting to pile up.

MUSIL’S PRO CAREER SO FAR

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2012-13 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 48 7 16 23 56 29 22 0 6 6 26
2013-14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 61 2 10 12 54 -10 2 0 1 1 0
2013-14 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 3 1 0 1 2 -3
2014-15 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 65 2 9 11 35 2 6 0 0 0 6
2014-15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 0 2 2 2 -2
2015-16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 67 3 11 14 39 1
2016-17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 47 4 10 14 34 7
2016-17 Tucson Roadrunners AHL 13 0 4 4 6 -6
NHL Totals   4 0 2 2 2