Still not a ton of news to report around the NHL.
Ryan Huska has been hired as the head coach of the Calgary Flames. This has many wondering about the fate of Mitch Love, who has won the award for the AHL Coach of the Year two years in a row and coaches the AHL’s Calgary Wranglers.
With former Calgary Flames GM, Brad Treliving now running the Leafs, many are wondering if Love would be a good fit on the bench in Toronto, possibly to fill the void left by Spencer Carbury, who departed to become the head coach of the Washington Capitals this spring.
While we’re not even sure if Sheldon Keefe will return as the Leafs head coach next year, working as an assistant to whoever is here could be the next logical step in Love’s career, given that the two years in which he has won Coach of the Year in the AHL are the only two years he has coached in the AHL at all, as a head coach or otherwise. His lack of experience is definitely the reason that no NHL team has scooped him up to head up their coaching staff yet.
Position: Left Wing
NHL Comparable: Brayden Schenn or Charlie Coyle, but doesn’t play centre like they do.
I’ve chosen Schenn and Coyle as a comparable for style only. Musty is a big, sturdy player like they are, but he doesn’t think the game as well. His vision and playmaking, combined with his physical gifts and willingness to use those gifts along the boards and in front of the net project him to be a 1st round pick. He has worked on his shot a lot, which has turned that into a threat and he works very well under pressure, which makes me wonder if he’d be one of those players that absolutely thrives in the playoffs moreso than the regular season, like Johan Franzen.
The scouting report on Musty really is unanimous and straight to the point. He’s a big, physical playmaker that needs to process the game at a quicker rate and work on his defensive game. His ceiling is definitely high, but his floor is lower than some of the other prospects we’ve covered so far. This makes for an interesting case, as he could go as high as 15 or fall into the early 2nd round. As far as the Leafs are concerned, this is a name to keep an eye on, because I could easily see him falling into their lap on draft day.