NHL Draft Profile: Mirco Mueller
Hometown: Winterthur, Switzerland
Birth Date: 1995-03-21
Weight: 187 lbs
63 Games Played, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Central Scouting Rank: #9 in North America
Top-level hockey sense, Mueller covers the ice well in all ends of the rink. A solid 2-way defender with a smooth stride and good size, Mueller does not panic with the puck, whether it be a breakout pass, shot on net, or defensive break down.
Mueller possess a large frame, but will need to add bulk to be a consistent defender at the NHL level. Mueller has shown the ability to consistently improve all aspects of his game, and that has been evidenced in his rapid ascent up the draft boards.
Having started out as a projected 3rd round selection, Mueller's strides have him currently slotted as a late-1st or early 2nd round pick for a team looking to improve it's back end.
Scouts are saying:
“ Mirco Mueller of the Everett Silvertips displayed remarkable poise for a 17-year-old while handling a heavy load for Switzerland, impressive sixth-place finishers. The biggest riser on our midterms, Mueller led the Swiss with a plus-7 rating to rank fifth overall at the tournament – and then followed up with another striking effort at the Top Prospects Game.”
- McKeen's Hockey
“Mueller had a quality season in his draft year after coming to the WHL from Switzerland. He took on more responsibility for the Silvertips in light of Columbus draftee Ryan Murray's significant injury. He was also impressive as a 17-year-old defenseman at the World Juniors. The most impressive aspect of his game is his hockey sense. He is a top-end thinker with and without the puck. He slows down the game on breakouts, making good decisions with the puck. He also makes a lot of defensive stops due to his good positioning and reads. He displays above-average mobility, both closing gaps well and rushing the puck up ice with solid speed. Mueller has fine size, with a sense of quality physicality about his game. He has only average overall puck skills, and he projects as a second unit power play defenseman. He will deliver very good value to his team from his work in his own zone.”
Corey Pronman - Hockey Prospectus