The San Jose Sharks selected Swiss-born winger Timo Meier with its first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (9th overall). With a roster slowly turning over and emphasizing playing time for young prospects, there’s a chance – a long shot, but a chance – that Meier will opportunities to play this season. What can Sharks fans expect from Meier?
Meier comes with the physical tools to play upfront in the NHL. While not yet 19 years old (October 8), Meier has a 6-foot-1 frame that currently tips the scales at 210 lbs. Still early in his training, he’ll add more muscle, allowing him both the power to play his game and the durability to survive a grinding NHL schedule.
Meier has been physically dominant in juniors, and his statistics point that out. Last year, his second with the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL, Meier netted 44 goals in 61 games, and finished with 90 total points.
Over the summer, he showed he can more than handle his own against the world’s best prospects when he represented Switzerland in the World Juniors Championships.
Where does he fit in San Jose
Unless the Sharks fall prey to the injury bug, it’s difficult to see Meier getting opportunities on the first two lines. He’s also probably not the player coach Peter DeBoer wants to play on a fourth line.
However, Meier has the all around game and two-way ability to play on a shutdown third line. His two-way game probably makes him more NHL-ready at the moment than last year’s first round draft pick Nikolay Goldobin, and training camp will see him get long looks playing with a variety of players like Tommy Wingels, Chris Tierney, Matt Nieto.
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