ST. PAUL, Minnesota — When Edmonton Oilers scout Frank Musil was a second-round entry draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars 28 years ago, he found out about it a year later because “that’s the way it was back then with the censorship.”
But Saturday morning, Musil’s son David found out he was also a second-round NHL selection when, as fate would have it, his name was called out by the Oilers.
The Oilers took David, a defenceman who plays for Canadian world junior coach Don Hay’s Vancouver Giants, at No. 31, seven spots before his dad was chosen in 1983.
Frank, who wound up his NHL career with the Oilers, wasn’t part of the Oiler scouting meetings when David’s name was being tossed around.
“I understood that ... people know who I am,” said the passionate former defenceman.
“This is different when you have a child involved. They didn’t tell me who they were picking. It came as a surprise, which made it that much sweeter. Not that I needed any more stress at this point in my life.
“I have to say I was more nervous today than in any game as a player.”
Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini had offers for the pick they used to snag Musil, but he wasn’t interested.
“I stress quality, not quantity. David was sitting there and we know what he’s all about,’’ said Tambellini. “He’s a big man (six-foot-three, 196 pounds). We know what he’ll look like at 22 or 23 years old and we weren’t going past that pick.”
The Oilers wanted to restock the cupboards on the blue-line and in goal at the draft.
“I’m excited we really built on our depth of defencemen,’’ Tambellini said. “We picked people who could play against speed and play against heavy players.”
To that end, the Oilers selected Swede Oscar Klefbom in Round 1, Musil in Round 2 and Dillon Simpson in Round 4.
“We’ve added depth on the power play with Dillon, who hopefully can develop into a guy who can run one and will get a chance with Team Canada (at the world junior championship) this year to make their team,” said Tambellini.
The Oilers also drafted Samu Perhonen and Frans Tuohimaa, both Finnish goalies, in the third and seventh rounds.
“Our goaltender coach Fred Chabot is very excited about them. We’ve accomplished our goal of depth overall and also drafted a wonderful player in Ryan (Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 pick in the draft),” he said.
“Ryan met Taylor (Hall on Friday) and had a good discussion. Taylor said, ‘You know it’s not bad to have that guy passing me the puck for a few years, is it?’ ” said Tambellini.
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31st overall pick David Musil by the Edmonton Oilers is greeted by General Manager Steve Tambellini of the Edmonton Oilers at the Oilers draft table during day two of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 25, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.
Photograph by: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images