ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Edmonton Oilers kept it in the family on Day 2 of the NHL draft.
The club selected Vancouver Giants defenceman David Musil to kick off the second round Saturday.
Musil is the son of former NHL defence Frantisek Musil, who is now a scout for the Oilers. His uncle is two-time Stanley Cup champion Bobby Holik.
“It’s really exciting,” David Musil said. “I remember growing up a little bit in Edmonton when my dad played there and I have a lot of good memories from there.
“I remember watching my dad play a couple of games and going to the dressing room. I’ll do my best to make the team as soon as possible.”
Edmonton had the first overall selection on Friday and used it to pick Red Deer Rebels centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The Oilers also got Swedish defenceman Oscar Klembom at No. 19.
Musil had 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 62 games for the Western Hockey League club last season.
”He’s a big guy with great hockey sense that competes hard,” said Oilers head scout Stu MacGregor. ”Great stick defending, strong. He adds size to our D.”
The Oilers also picked defenceman Dillon Simpson, son of former scoring star Craig Simpson, to open the fourth round. But they missed out on team president Kevin Lowe’s son Keegan, a defenceman who went 73rd overall to Carolina.
General manager Steve Tambellini said Frantisek Musil was asked to leave the room whenever his son entered their discussions. He wasn’t at their meeting Friday night when they decided to pick David.
In the third round, the Oilers took Finnish goaltender Samu Perhonen at No. 62 before selecting Edmonton Oil Kings left-winger Travis Ewanyk at No. 74.
”I saw Samu in early November—it was his first chance to play at a the national team level for Finland—and I saw he could be special,” said MacGregor. ”He had a difficult under-18 tournament, but that could have been wear and tear.
”He’s a long, skinny guy. He’s got a long way to go to develop physically, but he’s got tremendous potential.
”Ewanyk is gritty, edge to his play, good hockey sense, and he knows how to fill a role. The thing that really impressed me is that this guy will dive in front of the puck. He’ll get the puck out of the zone in the last couple of minutes. He kills penalties. He does the things that need to be done to help you win.”
The Oilers used the No. 114 selection to pick Kitchener Rangers centre Tobias Rieder, Slovak defenceman Martin Gernat was taken at No. 122 and Finnish netminder Frans Tuohimaa was selected with the No. 182 pick.