According to the annual Future Watch edition of The Hockey News, defenseman Mirco Mueller was ranked 17th among the top NHL prospects. Mueller was the San Jose Sharks’ first-round pick last June. (h/t CSNBayArea.com)
Mueller, who will be 19 on March 21, is a native of Switzerland who is in his second year with the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips.
In 56 games this season, he has four goals and 26 points to go with 31 minutes in penalties. Last season, he had six goals and 31 points in 63 games and added an assist in six playoff contests for Everett.
The Western Hockey League includes 22 teams from the Western U.S. and Canada and is one of three major junior hockey leagues in North America, along with the Ontario and Quebec Major Junior hockey leagues.
Everett has clinched a playoff spot this season, with the regular season scheduled to conclude on Sunday. The Silvertips are fourth in the U.S. Division of the WHL’s Western Conference with a 36-23-7-2 record.
Mueller, a 6-foot-4, 200-pounder, attended the Sharks’ training camp last fall, but was slowed by a back injury. He signed a three-year entry level contract with San Jose in September. Mueller is most often compared to Sharks defenseman Marc-Eduoard Vlasic in terms of style of play.