|6’2”||197||July 6, 2005||LW||L||1st 2021||11th N A||USA|
|2020-2021||AYHL||New Jersey Avalanche U16||4||4||3||7|
Sudbury Wolves’ winger Quentin Musty was the first overall selection of the Wolves at the 2021 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. He is ranked 11th among North American Skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings.
Musty has the skills set to be, well, the most skilled player in this OHL draft class. He can score. He can shoot. He can be a playmaker. He’s developed into a more physical presence as the season progressed. He has very good vision, patience and an ability to slow the game down if it means opening up lanes. His skating technique is very good and his top speed is sufficient but he lacks first step speed.
We saw Musty’s defensive game improve somewhat as the season progressed. Where he was giving up too many turnovers early in the season, he has limited them lately. The effort to defend was lacking as well earlier in the season and that too has improved.
There are some concerns out there about the defensive part of his game, or the sometimes-lacking aspect of it. There is no questioning his offensive abilities, but are they enough to overcome the defensive shortcomings. Those are legitimate concerns. And I also see some dropping his ranking into the second round of the 2023 Entry Draft.
Whoever drafts Musty is going to have to be patient. As I said, there is skill there but there are also areas of his game that need some work. If they are patient enough and can provide the development he needs, this could be a superb pick – if he indeed drops in the draft.