June 3, 2021

Musty named First Overall Pick in 2021 OHL Priority Selection

Quentin Musty will be the first overall pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, the Ontario Hockey League in association with the Sudbury Wolves announced Thursday.

Musty, 15, is a member of the U.S. Youth Tier-1 U16 National champion North Jersey Avalanche 16U program.

He is eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft.

“To receive the Jack Ferguson Award as the first overall pick is very humbling and exciting,” Musty said. “To follow in the footsteps of some of the game’s greatest players like Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Connor McDavid and Quinton Byfield is a huge honour. I am grateful and so excited to join Dario Zulich and Rob Papineau in Sudbury with the ultimate goal of bringing the city an OHL and Memorial Cup championship. I am excited to play with and against some of the best competition in the world, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Musty, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound left wing, was a standout for North Jersey at the USA Hockey Youth Tier-1 U16 National Championship in Maryland Heights, MO, amassing a tournament-leading 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in six games to help the Avalanche defeat the Colorado Thunderbirds to be crowned the top 16U team in the country.

He also had 56 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in 27 games during the season.

“Musty is a powerful winger that excels in transition,” FCHockey scout Josh Bell said. “He has some explosion in his acceleration and is deceptive in his movement, shifting weight and constantly changing direction to gain the zone. His size and strength stand out on the ice, overpowering opponents. He has a powerful, heavy shot that shows some impressive accuracy. His high-end skill matched with his poise with the puck should see him make a significant impact in the OHL.”

Musty is the 2021 recipient of the Jack Ferguson Award, presented annually to the player selected first overall in the OHL Priority Selection.

The award recognizes the dedication and contributions made by Jack Ferguson during his 25 year association with the OHL, first as a scout with the Ottawa 67’s and followed by his appointment as head of the OHL’s Central Scouting Bureau in 1981 as its Director of Central Scouting.

“It was an amazing night when the Sudbury Wolves won the Priority Selection Lottery but today is even more amazing to be able to add Quentin Musty to our team,” Wolves VP and general manager Rob Papineau said. “He has been a dominant player for a number of years, and he was exceptional this season especially in the recent USA Hockey Youth Nationals where, as an underage player he led his team to the National Championship. Our fans are going to love Quentin as he is extremely talented, skilled and plays the game with such high compete that he will have our fans at the edge of their seats.”

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