Akey and Musty upgraded to A rating by NHL Central Scouting


The National Hockey League announced a revised ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2023 NHL Draft on Monday, with a pair of OHL skaters upgraded to an A rating.

Blueliner Beau Akey of the Barrie Colts and forward Quentin Musty of the Sudbury Wolves have been elevated after both being announced as B-ranked skaters on the preliminary list released on October 25th.

A 17-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., Akey leads Colts defencemen with 13 points (4-9–13) through 18 games this season. The 6-foot, 170Ib. right-hand shot was the Colts’ first round (19th overall) pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection.

“He’s an elite skater who plays top minutes and all situations,” said Director of NHL Central Scouting, Dan Marr. “He has very good hockey sense and his transition game with and without the puck, impacts the game.”

Former first overall OHL Priority Selection choice Quentin Musty is also catching the attention of scouts. The 6-foot-2, 200Ib. native of Hamburg, NY sits second in Wolves scoring with 21 points (7-14–21) in 18 games. His 75 shots on goal lead the team.

“Quentin is a power winger who continues to develop, effectively utilizing physical attributes and has very good offensive smarts and tools,” said Marr.

The 2023 NHL Draft will be held on June 28-29 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

For more on the latest 2023 NHL Draft Rankings from NHL Central Scouting, visit

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