Adam Musil knows he has to find a happy medium between stress and tranquility before he hits the ice for Thursday’s CHL Top Prospects Game in Niagara Falls, Ont.
“The pressure will obviously be there, but you just have to put it in the back of your mind and focus on the game,” the Red Deer Rebels second-year forward said Monday, in reference to the contest featuring the CHL’s 40 top-ranked players for this year’s NHL entry draft.
“You have to focus on the little things that make you successful and make the most of your opportunity. This game has the top 40 players in the Canadian Hockey League in my age group, so for sure it will be an exciting time.”
Musil is convinced his performance in the Top Prospects contest as a member of Team Cherry will either boost or hinder his draft ranking.
“There’s going to be a lot of scouts and GMs from every (NHL) team and you want to play your game and play it the way you play it best,” he said.
“You just want to show what you can do while playing with and against your peers.”
The six-foot-three, 208-pound centre from Delta, B.C., who turns 18 on March 26, is enjoying a productive sophomore season with 11 goals and 28 points in 40 games. He’s convinced, however, that he can be better.
“Up and down,” he said, in reference to his overall performance. “You have to be more consistent as a player. If you want to be a good player in this league you have to bring it every night. You can’t take any nights off and that’s what I need to work on — being more consistent.”
While he’s not exactly satisfied with his personal game to this point, Musil is happy with the Rebels’ overall performance.
“The season is going good that way. The team is playing great and team success will equal individual success,” he said. “The last seven games we’re 6-0-1, so we want to win every game for the rest of the year. That’s our goal and we’re going to try and accomplish it.”
Musil just recently returned to the Rebels lineup after being absent six games with a hip injury and didn’t look like he’d missed a single minute during his first game back.
“I wanted to make sure my hip was 100 per cent because it can come back any time and be a serious injury,” he said.
“I wanted to make sure it’s 100 per cent and I feel that way now. I feel great out there now.”
The Rebels are idle until Saturday when they face the Vancouver Giants at the Centrium.
Red Deer has three home games next week — Tuesday, Friday and Saturday versus Kelowna, Edmonton and Prince Albert — then hits the road for contests Feb. 4, 6 and 7 against Kamloops, Vancouver and Victoria.