Mueller agreed to terms on a two-year, one-way deal with the Devils on Tuesday. Mueller was acquired by New Jersey as part of an exchange of picks ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft. The blueliner spent much of the 2016-17 season in the minors with AHL San Jose, where he compiled 20 points and 22 PIM in 62 outings. The 2013 first-round pick will get a chance at regular minutes with the Devils if he can beat out Dalton Prout and Steve Santini for a third-pairing slot.
Mueller and a fifth-round (143rd overall) draft selection were traded to the Devils on Saturday in exchange for second- and fourth-round picks in the 2017 draft. Despite nabbing the Swiss defenseman with the 18th overall selection in the 2013 draft, the Sharks didn't appear wholly confident using him in the NHL. In 54 games, Mueller tallied only six points for Team Teal. Expect the Devils to give him a new contract soon, as he's a pending restricted free agent.
Mueller was reassigned to AHL San Jose on Monday. The 21-year-old has bounced between the minors and NHL, and has mostly served as a healthy scratch when he's been with the Sharks. With a five-day gap between games, the Sharks sent down Mueller and a number of others to get some extra work.
Mueller was recalled from the AHL's San Jose Barracuda on Saturday to take a road trip to Arizona. This is the fifth time Mueller has been called up to play with the Sharks this season, although the only time he actually was in the line-up was in a January stint where he played in four games. The defenseman from Switzerland made the most of it, scoring one goal and notching an assist before being sent back down. There is no indication that Mueller will play against the Coyotes on Saturday, but he will at the very least serve as extra depth in case of injury or illness.
Mueller was sent down to AHL San Jose on Friday. The defenseman only played in three games in his time with the big league, so he isn't much of a fantasy option when he is with the big club. However, he scored a goal and assist in one of those games, so he had a somewhat productive trip. If the Sharks need more depth later in the year, Mueller would be a likely call-up candidate.
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