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FUTURE WATCH | Aidan Muir

Aidan Muir burst onto the Oilers prospect scene this past week after a highlight-reel goal

Tuesday, 31.12.2013 / 5:51 PM / Future Watch
By Chris Wescott  - edmontonoilers.com
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FUTURE WATCH | Aidan Muir
Aidan Muir burst onto the Oilers prospect scene this past week after a highlight-reel goal

In 25 games this season, 18-year-old Edmonton Oilers prospect Aidan Muir has scored eight goals. None of those was more memorable than his goal last Friday night against the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL.

The 6-3, 182-pound Indiana Ice forward scored shorthanded from his knees and the highlight has, since then, went viral online.

"It is definitely my top goal, not including some pond hockey dekes and stuff," said Muir. "I got pretty lucky on that one I think."

Aidan raced a Youngstown defenceman down the ice for the puck and was either dragged down or lost his footing in the offensive zone. Muir slid on his knees towards the opposing goaltender and, with his back turned to the net, somehow managed to get a beautiful backhanded shot on goal and into the top-right corner.

Aidan Muir (photo by Getty Images)

"It was shorthanded, so basically my job off the draw in the offensive zone is just to get the loose puck. I just got lucky I guess. The puck was trickling and I just poked at it, got past one of the defencemen and it was there again, so I poked it again, and it was just a footrace. I started to get an inside position on him. Somehow I kind of fell down and tried to keep the puck on my stick. As I was turning backwards, I was like, 'Alright, I know what's going to happen now.'

"I just kind of tried to whack at the puck and tried to get a piece of it."

The shot itself was no stroke of luck. Muir knew where he wanted to go.

"I knew the puck was there and I tried to hit it with purpose. I tried to hit it to the opposite side. I wasn't going to try to hit the goalie with it. I guess I kind of aimed for the right side. It was still kind of a wild whack but I tried to get enough heat on it."

Muir said, since he scored that goal, his Twitter has 'blown up' and he was shocked to see the articles begin to show up online.

"It's pretty cool," said the young Brampton, Ontario native. "My dad sent me a video of (Hockey Night in Canada host) Ron MacLean saying my name on 'Hot Stove'. He said, 'Do we have enough time for the Aidan Muir goal?' They said no, so we never got to actually see it on TV. Apparently it was on there, so we're trying to find it."

That one goal aside, Muir has managed to put together a strong start to his rookie season in the USHL. His 19 points (8-11-19) rank second on the team and he has three points in his last four games.

"It's taken me maybe a month or so to get used to the level of competition that I'm playing at," Muir said, after making the jump from Michigan AAA youth hockey with the Victory Honda Under-18 team. "Then from then on, I seem to be excelling so far. My last few games, I've been feeling really comfortable out there. My legs have been feeling good and my speed and puck control… Lately, I think I've been doing really well. I'm really on track. I think I'm only going to go up from here."

One of his greatest assets as a player he's exhibited so far has proven to be his size.

"Usually guys my size aren't that good of skaters. Obviously, from that video it's easy to see that size and speed are pretty big assets on that goal. I focus on stuff like that… The times I play the best, I'm just being aggressive."

One of the things that Muir has focused on improving in the early part of this 2013-2014 campaign is his puck control.

"Being quick with the puck, being smarter managing it and every level you go up, it gets quicker. You can't hold on to the puck for very long at all. Just being aware of where your players are and getting the puck to them."

Muir is a Western Michigan University commit and says he still plans on joining the college ranks following this season. The Oilers fourth round pick in 2013, 113th overall, says he expects a smooth transition to the higher level of play.

"I'm thinking once I get to college, I'm going to pick it up pretty quick and be able to showcase myself pretty well. I think the rise in talent in the college players is going to help my game as well."

Muir is undecided on what course of study he will choose to take at WMU but there is one field he has his eyes on; aviation. An interesting story involving the Oilers prospect is that at the end of his senior year in high school, Muir won a nation-wide aviation competition which sent him just outside of Seattle, Washington for two weeks.

"Ever since then, it's really gotten my attention."

Whether Muir chooses to pursue a degree in aviation, business or any other major, is yet to be determined. However, hockey seems to be the first thing on his mind, right now.

"I'm just building my talents up for next year."

If those talents reflect anything close to his highlight reel goal from last week, Western Michigan is getting one talented young player next season.


  Barons Player StatsAHL StandingsBarons Schedule | Past Prospect Stats: 2012-13 | 2011-12
Stats Updated as of Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. MST

Oklahoma City (AHL)


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
WILL ACTON F 26 10 2 1 3 1 12
BRANDON DAVIDSON   d 22 26 0 2 2 -14 20
BEN EAGER   F 29 15 1 0 1 -3 62
TRAVIS EWANYK   F 20 33 3 2 5 -5 38
TAYLOR FEDUN   d 25 23 3 11 14 2 27
MARTIN GERNAT   d 20 21 0 9 9 -4 12
DENIS GREBESHKOV D 30 19 2 4 6 -7 12
curtis hamilton   f 22 16 2 3 5 0 11
ryan hamilton   F 28 20 4 8 12 0 10
ROMAN HORAK F 22 31 7 11 18 -6 14
brad hunt   D 25 26 3 12 15 2 12
ryan Jones   F 29 4 2 0 2 2 2
kale kessy   F 21 27 2 2 4 -3 53
oscar klefbom   d 20 27 0 3 3 -10 6
anton lander   F 22 18 9 6 15 3 10
philip larsen   d 24 7 1 6 7 -4 4
STEVE MACINTYRE F 33 6 0 0 0 -2 30
MARTIN MARINCIN   D 21 24 3 4 7 4 5
Ryan Martindale   F 22 17 2 4 6 -7 8
andrew miller   F 25 32 5 12 17 -4 10
david musil   d 20 19 0 2 2 -6 15
TYLER PITLICK   F 22 14 1 4 5 -2 6
COREY POTTER D 29 6 0 1 1 -1 21
Bakersfield (ECHL)


Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
Cameron Abney   F 22 15 0 2 2 2 46
MARTIN GERNAT D 20 3 0 1 1 -2 6
KALE KESSY F 20 3 1 0 1 -1 0
DAVID MUSIL D 20 3 1 0 1 -3 2
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
BEN BETKER   d 19 38 4 7 11 -3 47 EVERETT SILVERTIPS (WHL)
GREG CHASE f 18 36 21 21 42 20 30 CALGARY HITMEN (WHL)
DARNELL NURSE D 18 36 9 25 34 6 66 SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
JACKSON HOUCK   F 18 37 19 13 32 -1 34 VANCOUVER GIANTS (WHL)
JUJHAR KHAIRA   f 19 27 9 10 19    3 31 EVERETT SILVERTIPS (WHL)
MITCH MOROZ   F 19 36 21 14 35 13 91 EDMONTON OIL KINGS (WHL)
KYLE PLATZER   F 18 36 8 7 15 -4 14 LONDON KNIGHTS (OHL)
MARCO ROY   F 19 13 3 12 15    3  12 BLAINVILL (QMJHL)
NCAA & USHL
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   f 20 12 1 0 1 N/A 6 UMASS-LOWELL
KELLEN JONES   F 23 21 10 15 25 N/A 21 quinnipiac
JOEY LALEGGIA  d 21 19 6 7 13 n/a 24 DENVER
JOHN MCCARRON   f 21 15 4 13 17 n/a 18 CORNELL
AIDAN MUIR   F 18 25 8 11 19 12 30 INDIANA (USHL)
DILLON SIMPSON   D 20 18 3 7 10 n/a 4 NORTH DAKOTA
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ERIK GUSTAFSSON   D 21 34 0 14 14 3 12 frolunda (sweden)
TEEMU HARTIKAINEN   f 23 38 13 14 27 3 16 UFA (RUSSIA)
ANTON SLEPYSHEV  F 19 25 3 3 6 4 2 UFA (RUSSIA)
ANTTI TYRVAINEN   F 24 23 4 5 9 1 59 JOKERIT HELSINKI (FINLAND)
BOGDAN YAKIMOV  F 19 31 5 5 10 -2 0 Nizhnekamsk (russia)
DANIIL ZHARKOV  F 19 38 2 2 4 3 10 NIZHNY NOVGOROD (RUSSIA)
2014 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ANTON SLEPYSHEV  F 19 4 2 2 4 +6 0 RUSSIA
BOGDAN YAKIMOV  F 19 4 1 1 2 +3 2 RUSSIA
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T GAA SV% team
RICHARD BACHMAN   26 12 4 6 2 2.64 .921 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 20 7 2 4 0 3.53 .885 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
20 4 3 1 0 1.25 .947 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
TYLER BUNZ   21 7 4 1 1 3.34 .877 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
21 4 1 1 1 3.15 .914 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
Frans Tuohimaa   22 13 n/a n/a n/a 3.30 .894 HPK HAMEENLINNA (FINLAND)
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