2008-09: David Musil spent most of the season with HC Dukla Jihlava’s Under-20 team. In 34 games for that team, he scored 11 goals and added 23 assists for 34 points to go along with 54 penalty minutes. Musil also played in 14 games for that organization at a higher level, picking up 1 assist in those games. He registered no points in 4 playoff games at that level. Musil had been chosen in a special draft by the WHL’s Kootenay Ice who then dealt his rights to the Vancouver Giants prior to the 2009-10 season.
2009-10: In his WHL rookie season, Musil played in 71 games for the Vancouver Giants. He scored 7 goals and added 25 assists for 32 points to go along with 67 penalty minutes. In 16 playoff games, Musil scored 2 goals and added 2 assists for 4 points. Musil was drafted in the first round, 12th overall, of the KHL Draft by SKA St. Petersburg.
2010-11: In 62 games for the Giants, Musil scored 6 goals and added 19 assists for 25 points to go along with 83 penalty minutes. In 4 playoff games, he registered 1 assist. Musil played for the Czech Republic at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, registering no points in 5 games. He was named one of the top 3 players on his team for that tournament. Musil played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, picking up 1 assist in Orr’s 7-1 win over Team Cherry.
2011-12: Musil attended training camp with the Oilers before returning to Vancouver to skate for the WHL’s Giants for a third season. He also played for the Czech Republic in the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 6 goals with 21 assist and finished plus-nine with 104 penalty minutes in 59 games; suffering a late-season wrist injury that required surgery and kept him out of the playoffs. The Czech Republic finished fifth at the WJC and Musil was plus-five with no points and 4 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Edmonton in July, 2012.
2012-13: Musil returned to Vancouver for his fourth WHL season and played 12 games with the Giants before a trade to the powerful Edmonton Oil Kings at the end of October. In 62 WHL games between the two teams he scored 9 goals with 22 assists and was +29 with 74 penalty minutes. Edmonton finished first in the Central Division and lost to Portland in the WHL Finals. Musil was +10 with 6 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games. He was an assistant captain for the Czech Republic at the 2013 World Junior Championship and was an even plus/minus with no points and 18 penalty minutes in six games.
Musil boasts good size and is a strong character-guy. Primarily considered a shutdown defender at this point, he has good puck skills and an offensive side that could evolve over the next few years, however it is unlikely he will be a big time scorer at the NHL level. He plays a smart, contained, physical brand of hockey, boasts NHL bloodlines (son of Frank Musil), and has a skill set that should translate incredibly well at the pro level. He has had some issues with injuries in junior, which is never good, however has thus far avoided anything too serious.
Musil will play his first pro season in 2013-14, likely in a third or fourth line depth role. He will need to ensure that his physicality and puck movement skills that he possessed in junior translate over to professional hockey to avoid the slump that plagues many as they adjust to the increased pace and skill of the game at that level.