Mirco Mueller

by Kevin Wickersham on June 17, 2017

 

Mirco Mueller, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 205

Born: 1995-03-21

Hometown: Winterthur, SUI

Drafted: 2013 by San Jose Sharks, 18th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

June 2017 – The Devils obtained Mirco Mueller and a fifth-round pick in 2017 from San Jose for a second-round pick in 2017 and a fourth-round pick in 2017. He may benefit from his new squad's lack of blueline depth and rise the NJ organizational chart more quickly than in San Jose's deeper system. Largely an AHL player thus far, his NHL odds just increased. Kevin WIckersham

May 2017 - A Sharks' first-round selection in 2014 continues to search for consistency from shift to shift as well as improving his decisions with the puck. Most concerning is the lack of crisp passes from the defensive zone to ignite the transition game. There are instances where Mueller can, and does, make smart plays both offensively and defensively. However, as a player with three years of professional hockey under his belt, more should be evident at this point. Mueller is a project needing to regain his standing in the organizational depth chart. Zachary DeVine

January 2017 – The Sharks' defense suffered some injuries and San Jose recalled Mueller numerous times during the season, mostly for press box duty. Appearing in three games, Mueller is better than last season but still working on the nuances of defense in the NHL. Sharks fans are getting impatient with the left-handed Swiss defender, but at only 21, there is still lots of time for Mueller to develop. Most importantly are that his decisions with the puck are improving, and some confidence with the puck is now evident. He never posted huge numbers during his time with the Everett Silvertips in the WHL, and he likely sees a further dip in production at the NHL levels. There is a lot of Justin Braun’s game in Mueller’s. He is still out of his element in the NHL, but looking more capable in a sheltered deployment and serviceable as a callup in emergency situations. Zachary DeVine

October 2016 - Mueller was aged out of the Sharks Development, Rookie, and U50 camps this summer. Whatever the CBA status was, it was a missed opportunity. Mueller’s skating is excellent, and size is enviable. However, the decisions with the puck are limited and his propensity for turnovers while trying to exit the defensive zones are predictable. Seemingly, he either passes the puck to his defensive partner behind him (and into their skates) once he gets a forechecker on him or throws it up the side boards. Confidence with the puck and skating with the biscuit on his stick does not look to be an option that is even considered. Defensively, Mueller has looked better but still is prone to getting lost in his assignments. He remains with the Sharks training camp battling for the seventh defenseman spot with Dylan DeMelo, whom he’s been paired with often in the preseason. A full year of being the Barracuda’s #1 defender would be better than spot NHL duty for him at this point for his development to continue. Zachary DeVine

 
July 2016 – The back and forth season for Mueller was not kind for Mueller. The young Swiss defender appeared in only 11 NHL games and registering no points. In the first half of the season, Mueller looked like he had taken a step back. Passes often handcuffed teammates, and predictable patterns emerged in his game. 
 
Always a smooth skater, the confidence defensively and with the puck on his stick was visibility shaken. The season progressed, and Mueller finally came around and started to look like an NHL prospect again. He finished with one goal and 10 assists in 50 contests for the Barracuda. His offensive upside is very limited but ended the 2015-16 campaign on a positive note. 
 
Mueller was not at the Sharks 2016 Development Camp. Coach Roy Sommer said that Mueller had "aged out" which surprised Sommer. Zachary DeVine
 
 

November 2015 – Mueller's yo-yo season has continued as the Sharks have seen fit to call him up, sit him in the press box and send him back down to their AHL affiliate Barracuda on multiple occasions. The young defenseman has only seen three games in the AHL this year, registering one assist and a plus-two rating,  and one game for the NHL squad. The Sharks will likely continue bringing the young Swiss rearguard along slowly, but one would imagine that seeing actual game play would go a long way in developing their former first round pick. Cam Robinson

 

August 2015 – The former first round pick battled through a difficult first season in the NHL. The smooth skating rearguard made the Sharks out of camp and played well in a third-pairing role for the first 20+ games before seeing the  all-to-familiar ‘rookie lull’.  After returning from his third WJC-20 tournament with Switzerland, Mueller continued to see time both on the third pairing and in the press box. His season was cut short when he broke his thumb blocking a shot in late March. Mueller possesses enviable size and skill and should continue to develop into a steady two-way presence in San Jose. Look for him to continue to gain confidence and minutes this coming season in the NHL. He will likely never be a major point producer but he could find his way onto the second power play unit in the next season or two. Cameron Robinson

 

September 2014 – Mueller has quietly played a strong game this preseason and the higher ups in the Sharks organization have said they are more than okay if young guys like Mueller push out veterans for opening day positions. Watch out Scott Hannan! Tim Graveline

 

September 2013 – During a prospects game versus the Vancouver Canucks prospects, Mueller was cross-checked and left the game straight away and did not return.  No news on whether this is a serious injury or not, yet. Tim Graveline

 

March 2013 – Mirco Muller is a smooth skating two-way defenseman playing his first year in North America for the Everett Silvertips. He represented his native Switzerland this past December at the U-20 World Junior in Russia and also played at the CHL Top Prospects game. Muller can slow down games with his poised play, as he rarely panics in the face of pressure. He has the capability to play the point on the power play and is a good penalty killer. He could stand to add a bit of weight to his lanky frame. Expected to go somewhere in the late first round, Muller could prove to be a real steal if he can polish his two-way game.

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

Mueller's decision-making needs to improve, but he's still young and has time to develop into a solid two-way NHL defender.

 

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