By John Vogl
Junior team: Everett (WHL)
Born: Winterthur, Switzerland
Measurables: 6-foot-3, 176 pounds
2012-13 stats: 63 games, 6 goals, 25 assists, 31 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 9 (North America)
Lowdown: Mueller is a first-round talent according to NHL Central Scouting. He’s a third-rounder, at best, according to others. Either way, he’ll hear his name called.
There’s not much wrong with Mueller. There’s also no standout trait that makes him a lock to succeed. He skates very well, though he had a tendency to go sideways – a carryover from his time on larger European rinks. He played in the Swiss elite league as a 16-year-old before deciding to head to North America.
Moving was a good choice as his draft stock rose from unknown to much-discussed. He’s not afraid to tangle with opponents. He’s discovering how to play offense, and his smooth stride helps. He will continue to learn by playing against the best as international opportunities abound with Swiss national teams. He’s got plenty of endurance based on his NHL Combine bike ride of 14:30, the best among the prospects.
He said it: "I can see plays happen before they happen, so most of the time I’m in the right position to make a play. Scoring goals is another person’s job." – Mueller to the Hockey News.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.
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