by Lisa McRitchie on 10/30/12 at 11:45 PM ET
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’s father Frank would have drawn on his NHL experiences when working with young David, but then there was also David’s uncle Bobby Holik, also with NHL experience, and a grandfather Jaroslav Holík with Olympic experience. What it all boils down to however, is a love of the game and a desire to play it to the best of your ability because it will make your family proud.
Musil is now the last Oiler prospect in the WHL currently not playing for the Edmonton Oil Kings. There are rumours out there saying that a trade from the struggling Vancouver Giants just might happen, but this is Musil’s final year in the WHL and he has always spoken of his love for the team and the city. So it is not a foregone conclusion that he would wish to seek the Memorial Cup with the Oil Kings.
But he might consider it.
Thirteen games into the 2012-13 season the Giants are an abysmal 3 and 10, enough for dead last in the league.
And yet Musil is has a +/- of 0 despite playing the tough penalty kill minutes and facing off against the league’s top offensive talent.
Giant’s head coach Don Hay had nothing but praise for Musil Sunday following the team’s loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings saying “David has been playing really well, I thought that he had a really strong game today.
“I thought that our team hasn’t been doing as well as we would like, but we have guys like Dave who are playing really consistently and that’s a really good sign. Played against Edmonton and was an even player which was a pretty positive thing for him.”
The team’s losing streak has been weighing heavy on every member of the team, but on the senior members especially.
And then there are the upcoming camps, or at least potential for them.
While Musil is concerned about the status of his team, he’s also concerned about the NHL talks and whether or not he will be invited to the Czech Republic World Junior camp.
Musil was named by the Oilers to be a player they will be allowed to pull out of junior should there be NHL training camps this season. If that happens to coincide with a World Junior camp, Musil will have some tough decisions to make, especially since this year’s IIHF tournament will be in Russia, just a stone’s throw away from Czech. Well, it’s a lot closer than Vancouver.
“They [Team Czech] haven’t contacted me yet,” Musil said of the Czech camp and an invitation to it. “Hopefully [camp] will be in Czech because I would like to go back home and see my grandparents for a couple of days. Every year I don’t get to see them. My grandpa can’t fly so I just see them over the summer. It would be nice to see them over Christmas. Hopefully we will have a day off for Christmas.”
In the meantime, Musil still has this season with the Giants first and foremost on his mind. And like Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the AHL, the potential to be targeted. “They probably do key me up a little bit more as I get older, but I can’t really look at it. I’ve got to keep working on improving myself and then I’ve got to go from there. If I look at it like they’re keying me out, then I get frustrated with it and it’s not going to help me out. I’ve got to keep working.”
Just what Musil is working on? Speed and strength, exactly what he Oilers have asked him to, and exactly what you would expect a 20 year old defenceman to concentrate on. That and staying healthy.
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