Mueller notched four assists in 31 games including playoffs in 2017-18, while averaging 16:43 of ice time. The 2013 first-round pick has been searching for consistent playing time with San Jose, and while a collarbone injury limited his playing time this season, he still skated in New Jersey's last eight games. Unfortunately for Mueller, Andy Greene, Sami Vatanen, Damon Severson, Will Butcher and Ben Lovejoy are all likely returning next season, so New Jersey will boast a crowded blue line -- which will limit his minutes and opportunity for a power-play role.
Mueller registered just one shot and one block in 13:55 of ice time against the Sabres on Tuesday. Mueller was back in the lineup for the first time since Nov. 12. Considering his minutes were more than three minutes below his season average, it's probably safe to assume the club was easing him back into action. Look for him to take on a bigger role as he gets up to speed in future contests.
Mueller (collarbone) will rejoin the lineup against the Sabres on Tuesday, Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record reports. Mueller's reintroduction to the lineup will actually come at the expense of forward Jimmy Hayes, as the Devils will suit up seven defensemen -- rather than the standard six. The 22-year-old Mueller returns to action following a 31-game stint in the press box, having last played Nov. 12 versus the Blackhawks. With just 22 active players, New Jersey will not need to make a corresponding move to activate the Swiss native off IR.
Mueller (collarbone) is still on injured reserve and isn't in the projected lineup for Tuesday's game against the Bruins. Mueller returned to the big club Monday following a brief conditioning stint with AHL Binghamton, but the Devils clearly aren't in any rush to insert him back into their lineup. The 22-year-old blueliner has only tallied two assists in 13 games with New Jersey this season, so his eventual return to action will undoubtedly go unnoticed in most fantasy circles. The Devils should release an update on Mueller's status once he's removed from the injured list.
Mueller (collarbone) won't play Monday against the Red Wings, Shawn Roarke of NHL.com reports. Mueller was recalled from a two-game conditioning stint in the AHL, but the Devils are reportedly still evaluating him. He won't have to wait very long for his next chance to return to the lineup, as New Jersey plays in Boston on Tuesday.
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