On a day that started with rumors of a pending trade for veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks, the San Jose Sharks added youthful depth to an already young and strong corps of forwards, drafting winger Timo Meier with the 9th overall selection of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
The Swiss-born Meier, 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, scored 44 goals in 61 games last season at Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The top rated prospect coming out of the QMJHL, Central Scouting touted Meier as the 10th best North American skater in the draft.
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Meier is the third forward selected by the Sharks in the first round the past four years, and the second in succession after taking Nikolay Goldobin last year. The only defender selected in that time frame was Micro Mueller, the first pick in 2013, and, like Meier, a Swiss native. In fact, Meier and Mueller were teammates earlier this year, representing Switzerland at the World Junior Championships, where Meier had two goals and four assists in six games.
In the hours leading up to the draft, rumors were rampant that a trade with Vancouver for the veteran Bieksa was near completion. The trade never happened on Friday, but early Saturday morning a deal with the Canucks was struck – for defenseman Patrick McNally, acquired for the 210th pick in this year’s draft.
McNally was drafted by the Canucks in 2010, but has played the past four seasons at Harvard, where he scored 14 goals and totaled 60 points in 82 collegiate games.
Meier joins a deep list of promising young forwards in the Sharks’ system. When asked to describe his game, Meier was quoted Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group as saying, “I’m a power forward, have a good shot, and I like to play physical.”
“I’m really honored to be part of such a great organization, and my emotions, right now, it’s hard to describe,” added Meier. “One of the best feelings I’ve ever had, and I’m definitely looking forward to getting started.”
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