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Sharks release Muller

Sharks release Muller

Swiss defenceman to play third World Juniors

Published 19.12.2014 16:00 GMT-5 | Author Martin Merk
Sharks release Muller
Swiss defenceman Mirco Muller will play his third IIHF World Junior Championship. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
19-year-old NHL defenceman Mirco Muller will join the Swiss U20 national team for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada.

Muller was picked by the San Jose Sharks 18th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and made the NHL team this year appearing in 24 games (1 goal, 2 assists, -2 rating) for the Sharks averaging an ice time of 17:09.

Before joining the Sharks, Muller, whose sister Alina Muller played at the Sochi Olympics as a 15-year-old, spent his junior career in Switzerland and played seven games for the Kloten Flyers in the top professional league before moving to North America to play two seasons of junior hockey for the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips.

For the Sharks Muller’s development was the main focus in the decision to loan him to the Swiss U20 team for the World Juniors. There he’ll be the top defenceman in his third World Junior Championship while he has been a healthy scratch for the Sharks in several games this month.

"This is a great honour and opportunity for Mirco to represent his country," said General Manager Doug Wilson. "As an important young player to our franchise for now and the future, we think this experience will provide a positive impact on his career moving forward."

Muller will soon join the Swiss U20 national team, which arrived in Ontario today for the second stage of its preparation camp.


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