The San Jose Sharks have signed first-round pick Quentin Musty to a standard entry-level contract. Musty was the 26th pick in the 2023 NHL Draft from the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League. A former first-overall pick in the OHL draft, Musty scored 26 goals and 78 points in 53 games last season. Despite recovering from mononucleosis, he scored 1.47 points per game in his draft season, good for 11th best in the OHL.
Heading into the draft, concerns about his consistency are why he dropped. Many public scouts had Musty as a potential top-15 draft pick because he combined size, skill, and speed. And when San Jose grabbed him at 26, most applauded the decision to snag Musty. His potential to be a first-line power forward for the Sharks was considered too good to pass up for a Sharks team in a rebuild.
Musty played in the Sharks Rookie Faceoff in Vegas, where he showed off his size and skill. Although he only scored once during the weekend, he was one of the Sharks’ best players throughout three games. Entering training camp, Musty was nicked up and didn’t see his first preseason action until Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights. Paired with Thomas Bordeleau and William Eklund, Musty showed flashes of what makes him a tantalizing prospect for the Sharks.
Quentin Musty is expected to return to the Sudbury Wolves at the end of training camp. The Wolves are currently ranked seventh in the OHL power rankings and should be looking to make a long playoff run with Musty as the lead contributor on the team. Once the OHL season is over, expect Musty to be back in San Jose, where he could play for the San Jose Barracuda.