SAN JOSE—The Sharks have traded defenseman Mirco Mueller and a fifth round (143rd overall) selection to the New Jersey Devils and have in turn received a second (49th overall) and fourth round (123rd overall) selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.
A 22 year-old native of Winterthur, Switzerland, Mueller was originally selected by San Jose in the first round (18th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. In three seasons, he collected six points (comprised of two goals and four assists) and 17 penalty minutes. The six-foot-three, 210 pound defender has played a total of 54 NHL games, appearing in four games with the Sharks last season (he spent a majority of the 2016-2017 season with the San Jose Barracuda).
“We want to thank Mirco for his years of service to the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Barracuda organizations. This will be an excellent opportunity for Mirco to continue his development and with our organization’s depth on the blueline, an opportunity for us to acquire assets for the future. We wish him the best,” said General Manager Doug Wilson in a statement.
Wilson also spoke about components of the expansion draft, from which Mueller is reportedly unprotected:
“We are excited to welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to the National Hockey League and the Pacific Division. Per the guidelines that were set forth under the expansion draft rules, we have submitted our protected list to the National Hockey League. The reality is that we will be losing a player and quality person from our organization but whatever the outcome, we feel fortunate that we have a strong prospect pool with the San Jose Barracuda to help fill that loss.”
San Jose now holds eight selections in the upcoming draft (which will commence on June 23): 1st round (19th), second round (49th), fourth round (123rd), sixth round (159th, 174th) and seventh (205th, 212th, 214th).