For some, hockey bloodlines run deep. And while those bloodlines may help a player get their foot in the door, that’s going to be as far as it can take you. At some point, talent has to take front and centre stage. With Edmonton Oilers' prospect defenceman David Musil, his bloodlines helped develop him into a WHL player, but it was his talent that got him drafted 31st overall at the 2010 NHL entry draft, and a position on the 2012 Czech Republic World Juniors Team.
David Musil was the first son of an ex-Oiler drafted at the 2011 NHL entry draft in St. Paul Minnesota. You couldn’t help but wonder if he was selected for his bloodlines or his abilities, but knowing that Musil had been ranked anywhere from 23 (The Hockey News) and 38 (CSS for N.A. skaters) taking the defenceman at 31 was reasonable. When Steve Tambellini talked about the sons of Oilers up for grabs, he did agree that these players had been raised to handle the stresses that would come from being a professional hockey player.
There is no denying that the Vancouver Giants and the Calgary Hitmen do not like each other. While the two teams rarely face off, this competition and dislike may stem from the NHL or even the fact that they are two big western cities and are playing for bragging rights.
For the 2011 NHL entry draft there were several sons of former Oilers available, and the concern of whether or not those players may be selected for their blood ties before their hockey skills appeared real enough. When it came to David Musil, son of Edmonton Oilers’ European scout Frank Musil, selected 31st overall, concerns were quickly set aside. Musil had been ranked anywhere from 23 (The Hockey News) and 38 (CSS for N.A. skaters) and taking the defenceman at 31 was reasonable.
It was a battle of the goaltenders, nearly staring each other down from opposite ends of the ice. For the Czech Republic their goaltender Petr Mrazek was named player of the game as the Czechs lost to Canada 5-0, and the for the Russians Andrei Vasilevski has allowed only 4 goals on 121 shots. Vasilevski had not allowed a goal until the Saturday night game against Sweden. And now, they meet on the ice.
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Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
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Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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