EVERETT – Everett Silvertips defenseman Mirco Mueller is one of 27 players who have been named to Team Switzerland’s selection camp for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. Mueller departs for Switzerland on Dec. 13 to attend the camp from Dec. 16-18 in hopes of securing a roster spot with the Swiss for the second straight year.
The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship is being held in Malmo, Sweden from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, with Team Switzerland set to play exhibition games against the Czech Republic and Canada before the tournament begins. Mueller is one of seven returning players from last year’s competition on the Swiss selection camp roster, which includes a total of six players from the Canadian Hockey League.
Mueller, 18, has totaled two goals and eight points in 26 games in his second year with the Silvertips, tying for second on the team in scoring among defensemen. He collected 31 points (6g/25a) and 57 penalty minutes last season, being named Everett’s Rookie of the Year before becoming the San Jose Sharks’ first-round selection (18th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound defender was originally selected by Everett in the first round (11th overall) of the 2012 CHL Import Draft.
Hailing from Winterthur in northern Switzerland, Mueller recorded two assists and a team-high +7 plus/minus rating at last year’s world juniors in Ufa, Russia, helping the Swiss to a sixth-place finish after losing just once in regulation. He also competed for Team Switzerland at the IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in April, ranking among the team leaders in scoring and ice time.
The Silvertips play their next four games away from home, visiting a pair of BC Division opponents in Kelowna and Kamloops on Friday and Saturday. Both games get underway at 7:00 pm, with pregame broadcast coverage starting at 6:30 on Fox Sports 1380 AM. The Silvertips return to their home ice for two more games at Comcast Arena before the WHL’s holiday break on Saturday, Dec. 14 vs. Vancouver and Sunday, Dec. 15 vs. Spokane.
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