Edmonton Oilers prospect David Musil needs wrist surgeryThose who saw Edmonton Oilers prospect David Musil help the Czech Republic make a run at the world junior know how much he shore up his team's defence at the junior level. Now it turns out the wrist injury that initially caused the 18-year-old defender, who is a high second-round pick, to miss two weeks of action in January, will need to be fixed with surgery.
That leaves the Giants, who are slated to face the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League playoffs, with a gaping void on the blueline. Coach Don Hay's team has already had an exceptional year for man-games lost, but this is the topper.
From Steve Ewen:
Musil's absence is the largest hole, considering he regularly played well over 20 minutes per game. The 6-foot-4, 203-pound Edmonton Oilers prospect was frequently matched up with the opponent's No. 1 line, and he was a mainstay to Vancouver's penalty killing unit. Musil, 18, had even been part of the Giants' top power-play unit of late, and he had four points in his last five games, pushing him to 27 points, with six goals, in 59 games.
He had been playing with an ailing wrist for about six weeks.
Vancouver does have some experience without him, though. The Giants have gone 5-6 so far this season when Musil's been injured or representing the Czechs at the world juniors. (Vancouver Province)
Musil jammed the wrist against the boards during Prince George on Jan. 10. At the time, there was mostly relief that there was no broken bone, but sometimes tendon damage can be more devastating.Read More »from Edmonton Oilers pick David Musil done for WHL season; can Vancouver Giants fill the void?