Just Who Is Aidan Muir?
- Updated: August 28, 2013
If you would have told Aidan Muir that he would be drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 4th round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, I’m not sure he would have believed you. A 17 year old power forward, who just 10 months prior, was cut in training camp by the Eerie Otters, and played out his 2012-2013 campaign in the MEHL (Midwest Elite Hockey League.) Just days before the draft, he was quoted as saying…
“I don’t really have the biggest expectations. I’m just glad to have all my family coming to visit. If I don’t get drafted, I’ll be cool with that.”
For a young man to be cut in September to playing for a spot in an NHL club in March, is a tough journey, one that Aidan Muir specifically attributes to the help of his coaches in the U-16 midget league with Victory Honda. During the season, Muir turned down many offers to play in the OHL and USHL in order to stick with his coaches who were pushing him in the right direction. The coaching and hard work paid off, as he saw a significant increase in offensive production, putting 40 points on the board in just 37 games. In his opinion the one development that got teams to start to take note, also became apparent; his offensive consistency. Aidan was the only player from Midget AAA to be drafted in this year’s draft.
Hope For The Future?
According to the scouting reports, no. Most have him as a long shot to ever play in the NHL, but I am not so sure. This is a young man who has bounced back from adversity before. Someone who clearly knows what kind of hard work it takes to be drafted by an NHL team, and will contend (at least in his own mind) as hard as he can for a roster spot. He knows that there are many ways to the NHL, and is determined to get there. He starts off his training in the NCAA, committing to Western Michigan for the 2012-2013 season. From there his rights belong to The Indiana Ice, who drafted him first overall in the USHL entry draft. It will likely be a few years before we see this young talent with an opportunity to dawn the Copper and Blue, but if and when that day comes, you may not want to count him out.
In my opinion Aidan Muir is not among the top prospects in the Oilers organization, but that could change, all depending on what kind of production he has in his next chapters. He has come so far from where he was just a year ago, silencing the critics that said he wouldn’t be drafted, and surprising scouts across North America. One thing is for sure, Aidan Muir has a long and arduous journey ahead of him if he wants to continue that trend.
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