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The Quentin Musty Show
Sharks' second first-round pick makes an impression
7/7/23 - By Paul Krill

So I went to the Sharks' prospects scrimmage, at the Barracuda's new arena on Thursday, hoping to see Will Smith, the fourth overall pick of the draft last week, light the lamp, which he did, scoring a nice goal and getting off several shots. And, despite some industry reports that he lacked elite skating ability, he looked pretty quick to me. But the guy who really impressed was the Sharks' other first-round pick, Quentin Musty, who stole the show on what was his 18th birthday.

Musty scored twice and then scored in the shootout, with "Team White" overtaking "Team Teal" for the Bryan Marchment Trophy, named for the late Sharks scout and former player who passed away suddenly last year. At 6'2", Musty is noticeable on the ice. Snagged with the 26th overall pick despite being ranked the 17th-best player in The Hockey News draft rankings, Musty could be the steal of the draft.

He tallied 78 points in 53 junior hockey games this past season for the Sudbury Wolves. How was he still on the board at the tail end of the first round? Oh, well. It looks like this is going to work out for the Sharks. (The Sharks obtained the pick in the Timo Meier trade with the New Jersey Devils.)

Of course, this is all a bit early and we're making an assessment based on an abbreviated intra-squad scrimmage. But Musty could serve as both a great teammate and healthy competition for Smith, who will have to keep his game at top level since there will inevitably be comparisons of these two first-round picks. Having both on the same team could be the kind of lineup Sharks fans have dreamed about.

Elsewhere in the scrimmage, the Sharks' previous first round picks, Filip Bystedt (2022) and Ozzie Weisblatt (2020) both looked good. Weisblatt perhaps is in a more precarious position, having more to prove since he still hasn't shown he's ready to make the jump to the NHL, with just 15 points in 45 games for the Barracuda this past season.

Other players on the ice included Danny Weight, son of Stanley Cup winner Doug Weight (Carolina, 2006) and 2023 second round pick Kasper Halttunen. Patrick Marleau was a coach for Team White.

Most of the players in the game probably will never skate in an actual NHL game. The odds of making it to the NHL are too great for many. But Sharks fans saw a glimpse of a bright future, anchored by Smith and Musty and hopefully some of the other players on ice that night.

Contact Paul at at paulkrill@letsgosharks.com


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