Mueller Rocks

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Darth Milbury, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. Darth Milbury

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    I know Team USA has looked bad overall, but I have to say that I've been impressed as heck by Mueller. His on ice vision, and natural offensive instincts are apparent.

    This kid is the goods.....
     
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    A lot of Coyotes fans have him pencilled in for next year's starting line up (including a few who have him on the top line). I know it's hard to project where he'd be in the NHL from watching him play with teenagers, but what you expect from him in the big leagues next season? As someone who hasn't been able to see any of the WJC, I'd be grateful to hear any of your analysis on his play so far.
     
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    Well Darth thinks Mueller looks better than Jack Johnson and Eric Johnson. Judging from what I've seen.... I don't blame him.
     
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    I personally think they shouldn't have him play defense on the Powerplay, i think he would bemore productive playing on the wings during the PP.
     
  5. Darth Milbury

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    I think he has looked better in the WJC. I'm not saying he is the better prospect overall.
     
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    Mueller is a good reason for the fans here in Spokane to dread playing Everett. He's been a star since he's stepped into the league; when Columbus stepped up to the board at #6, I was praying they would shock the world by passing on Brassard and drafting him, I thought he was the best player in the draft outside of the obvious top 5. He just looks like a star everytime he's on the ice.
     
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    And I remember hoping Mueller would be picked by Columbus so Brassard could fall to the Yotes.

    While it isn't fair to compare due to Brassard's injury troubles this year I'm very happy things ended up like they did.
     
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    and so Darth opens up the Okposo vs. Mueller debate for Isles fans.

    Phoenix looks like they got a little bit of luck on their selection. Phoenix had Mueller in their top 5. I was part of the camp that had Brassard and Okposo ahead. Regardless, Phoenix fans are happy to hear some good reviews on one of their prospects.
     
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    Mueller rocks the Ganja.:)
     
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    I think they are both proving that the draft was definitely more than 5 top prospects deep as many had said it was.
     
  11. Darth Milbury

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    Sorry to disappoint you, but I have little interest in an Okposo vs. Mueller debate. IMO, they're both excellent prospects. Mueller has torn up the WHL, and Okposo has put up eye-opening numbers in the NCAA. I'm still happy the Isles choose Okposo and have no regrets that he was picked over Mueller. I doubt you would find a single Islander fan who feels different and I believe management would do it again if the draft was today.

    I do think Mueller has been the better player in three of the four WJC games, but that doens't make me any less happy with the way things turned out.


    And, I still think Brassard could be a better player than both (hard to judge because he has not been healthy).
     
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    Mueller, Okposo, Kessel, EJ and a resurgent Wheeler...if only things had been a little different for the Minnesota Gophers.
     
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    Darth, I was just giving you a shot. I know it's a subject that has come up repeatedly on the Isles boards and been debated at nauseum already. No worries.
     
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    Glad to hear, I've watched 2 games and Mueller is very impressive and I think he looks out of place on the point at the WJC. There's no doubt he'll be here next year, he was a very late cut for Gretz and he'll be too young to go in the AHL and he would have nothing else to prove in the WHL.

    P.S. 6 points in 5 games and a +3. Very nice! :)
     
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    I have only watched one USA game this tournament, but have watched numerous Everett games while Mueller has been playing. He is a special player, great playmaking skills and good hands but he has one thing missing IMO. He doesnt hussle, and try hard enough. If he put more effort out there he could take his game to a whole new level. But who knows, I will have to see him at the NHL level before I can make any real judgements.
     
  16. Too bad Mueller is not gonna be playing in bigger surface.

    I assume that the bigger surface will be better for a player like Peter Mueller, but for Defencemens its so much harder. In the long rum, JJ and EJ will be a better then Mueller.
     
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    Yeah, poor Minnesota... they're only the unanimous #1 team in the country at 17-1-3 with a 20 game unbeaten streak. :shakehead
     
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    how can they have a 20 game unbeaten streak when they have only played 19 games... with a loss mind you? does it include tourneys or something?

    i'm not trying to be a smart *** here either. it's a legit question
     
  19. Darth Milbury

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    TSN.CA was saying that some teams had Mueller ranked in the bottom half of the top round, PERHAPS for that reason. Personally, I see Mueller as a very competitive player who wants to win rather than a gritty warrior type. I think he'll mature into a Pavel Datysuk type (albiet a guy who raises his game a notch when it is all on the line)
     
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    Agreed that Mueller was out of place on the PP. If he could have put a single pass in the right place on the OT PP against Canada so that EJ could one-time it, maybe he could have beaten Price.

    Gotta have some concerns over somebody who passes behind a stationary target 7 out of 7 times.
     
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    Ya he is definitely real good. His draft year I was a bit disappointed with him because I thought he could have used his size a bit better. Now I see that although he is not physical, he uses his reach and protects the puck well. He is alos a better skater than I thought and has a good shot. Looks like he's gonna be a nice player.
     
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    My bad... made a typo. Their record is actually 17-1-3. I'll correct the post.
     
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    Mueller has amazing defensive positioning... groomed by Constantine with the Tips has really made him a top-notch prospect because he has all the natural instincts and vision (plus size) AND his potential career won't depend on learning the other side of the puck.

    I could see him pulling a Kopitar in Pheonix next year (not the same numbers) but getting the trust to develop into the number one C quickly because he has the size, skill --and most importantly for seperating top-end prospects at this age --can play on both ends of the ice.

    On a downward note, it looks --at times-- that he should battle more... but that could be said about alot of kids at this stage.
     
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    Agree. Sometimes I think he felt he had the skills to battle half speed and still win the puck battle. Not at this level
     
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    With Peter Mueller, it didn't take a great coach to turn him into a top prospect. He's always been just that.
     

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