With the 18th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the San Jose Sharks have selected Mirco Mueller from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.
While the Sharks originally had the 20th pick, they traded away their 18th pick plus one of their 2nd round picks (58th overall) in order to move up two spaces. To me the trade seems very trivial for two positions, but if San Jose believed Mirco Mueller would not be available, and he was a guy they wanted, the trade makes sense.
Mueller is a big body coming in at 6’3” and weighing 185. He is a left-handed defenseman who has decent offensive ability. He tallied six goals and 25 assists in 63 games this season for the Silvertips as well as earning a -10 plus-minus rating and 57 penalty minutes.
In terms of on-ice skill he brings a very polished defensive game that includes everything from penalty killing and shot-blocking to positioning.
He has excellent skating ability as well, something which is essential for the new-age NHL defenseman. I have already seen him compared to Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the Sharks, and that may be so defensively, but on offense he brings more to the table.
He will be a great addition to the young core of Sharks defenseman, although whether he gets any playing time this year with the big club remains to be seen.