Sharks acquire No. 18 overall selection from Red Wings, pick Mirco Mueller

The San Jose Sharks acquired the No. 18 overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft via trade with the Detroit Red Wings. In exchange for the pick, the Red Wings received the No. 20 and 58 overall selections in the draft.

San Jose used the pick to select Mirco Mueller of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. The 18-year-old native of Switzerland was chosen with the No. 11 overall selection in the Canadian Hockey League import draft. In 63 games with the Silvertips in 2012-2013, Mueller registered six goals, 25 assists and 31 points.

Here's a profile on Mueller from the Cannon:

You can use one adjective to describe Mueller- steady. He's often compared to his former defense partner- Columbus prospect Ryan Murray, last year's second-overall pick. Prior to Murray suffering a season-ending injury, the duo were relied upon by the Silvertips to shut down the opposition's top players, kicking in occasional offense as well. After the injury to Murray, Mueller went on to have a solid season in Everett, who are in the midst of a rebuild.

He reminds me of former Jacket John Moore- steady, smart, but not flashy. He would do well paired with a more offensive-minded defense partner, providing cover in offensive situations. He'd be equally adept in a pure shutdown role as well. The team that drafts him will get a very safe, versatile defenseman.

Yahoo junior hockey blog Buzzing the Net has an interview with Mueller here.

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