Musitelli expects more celebrations like this
during his junior season with the RedHawks.
Key Statistics: Musitelli
finished in a tie for sixth on the team with 24 points
(6g, 18a) during the RedHawks’ surprising 2005-06
season. He also took a lot of penalties (23) for a forward,
especially one who only measures 5-feet-8 and 180 pounds.
Musitelli played just 14 games as a freshman before
shoulder surgery ended his season.
What He Does: It’s
tough to discern from his seven career goals, but Musitelli
is in Oxford because he’s a goal scorer. He compares
himself to Milan Hejduk in that they both have “good
hands, a good shot and a nice skating style.”
The right winger been working on his shot placement
this summer, trying, first and foremost, to hit the
net at all times and, secondarily, to not shoot right
into the goalie. He thinks he needs to shoot low more
often, so as to contradict the scouting report on him.
The Bigger Picture: Musitelli
doesn’t try to hide the fact that he’s disappointed
by his output halfway through college. He played all
season with a dislocated shoulder (not the one that
ended his freshman campaign), and had surgery on it
after Miami lost to Boston College in the NCAA tournament.
That’s two shoulder surgeries in two seasons for
Musitelli – and a bunch of unfulfilled aspirations.
Finally healthy, Musitelli expects to score 15+ goals
this season – the number he “should have”
had last year.
Quotable: “I have
high expectations for myself. I’ve been playing
well, putting the puck on the net, but I want more,
and I know the coaches want more. I know why they recruited
me, and that’s to score goals. I’ve gotta