• Mueller's Roster Spot In Question With San Jose

    News: While Mirco Mueller is one of the team's top prospects, Mueller runs the risk of his development being prioritized and being sent to the AHL, according to CSN's Kevin Kurz.
    Analysis: Mirco Mueller grabbed 39 games last year, but with five defensemen all but locked into roster spots, that would limit Mueller's role and slow his development. At age 20, the team may prioritize his development and have him playing with AHL San Jose getting top minutes instead of being relegated to the third pairing with the Sharks. Mueller remains an exciting prospect, but it makes him a risky fantasy pick up.
  • Sharks' Mueller Still Recovering From Broken Thumb

    News: Mirco Mueller (thumb) won't be available to play for Switzerland in May's World Championships, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: The fractured thumb prevented Mirco Mueller from playing in the Sharks' final eight games, and though the regular season has been over for more than two weeks now, the blueliner still hasn't quite recovered yet. The Sharks expect the 19-year-old to be ready to play by training camp.
  • Sharks Mueller Likely Done For Season

    News: Mirco Mueller (thumb) appears done for the season, Curtis Pashelka of San Jose Mercury News reports.
    Analysis: The 20-year-old Mirco Mueller, who last suited up on March 26, thus appears set to finish his first season with the Sharks with four points and 10 PIM in 39 games.
  • Sharks Now Ruling Mueller Out Indefinitely

    News: Mirco Mueller was ruled out indefinitely Friday with a left hand injury, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: Mirco Mueller was initially listed as day-to-day after hurting his thumb while blocking a shot in Thursday's game against the Red Wings, but it appears after further evaluation, the injury was deemed more serious. Coach Todd McLellan was unwilling to concede that Mueller would miss the remainder of the season, but with only eight games left on the schedule and the rookie quite possibly dealing with some sort of fracture, a return wouldn't seem especially promising. Matt Irwin is slated to replace Mueller in the Sharks' lineup.
  • Sharks' Mueller Day-To-Day With Injured Thumb

    News: Mirco Mueller missed most of the third period Thursday after blocking a shot due to an injured thumb, David Pollok of the San Jose Mercury News reports. He was sporting an arm sling following the game and is currently considered day-to-day.
    Analysis: Mirco Mueller tallied an assist in the first period of the contest, giving him his fourth point of the season. His status for Saturday's game seems up in the air at this point, but the Sharks should provide an update on his status at some point prior to Saturday's game against the Flyers.
  • SJ's Mueller An Inconsistent Fantasy Option

    News: Mirco Mueller has been getting inconsistent ice time and hasn't produced well when the time is there. He is without a point in his last 29 games.
    Analysis: Mirco Mueller is a rookie and expectations should not have been high going into the season, but he's been underwhelming even considering the low expectations. He has been getting good ice time when he's in the lineup and should continue to with the Sharks outside the playoff picture and focused on the future. Nonetheless, he's been held without a shot in eight of the last 10 games.
  • Mueller Returns To Sharks

    News: The Sharks recalled Mirco Mueller from AHL Worcester on Tuesday.
    Analysis: Mirco Mueller, who notched one goal and four penalty minutes in three games with Worcester while on a conditioning assignment, has recorded three points and eight PIM in 24 games with San Jose to date.
  • Sharks' Mueller (Wrist) Activated From IR

    News: Mirco Mueller (wrist) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday and assigned to AHL Worcester for a conditioning assignment.
    Analysis: Mirco Mueller hasn't played since returning from the World Junior Championships, but his activation signals a return to the lineup after the All-Star break. He'll likely spend the next week in the minors to get back up to full speed before rejoining the Sharks.
  • Sharks' Mueller Nursing Wrist Injury

    News: Mirco Mueller's upper-body injury is related to his wrist, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: The wrist was apparently bothering Mirco Mueller even before he took part in the World Junior Championships with Switzerland, so it sounds like the Sharks just wanted to give him a chance to rest up before an activation is considered. The team doesn't believe the issue is serious.
  • Sharks Place Mueller (Upper Body) On IR

    News: Mirco Mueller (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: Mirco Mueller hadn't played in any games since rejoining the Sharks following the World Junior Championships, so he must have acquired the injury in practice or at some point during the WJC. The team should provide an update on his condition in the coming days. His move to IR allows the Sharks to activate Joe Thornton (shoulder) for Saturday's game.