EVERETT – Everett Silvertips defenseman Mirco Mueller is one of 22 Western Hockey League players who have been invited to the 2013 NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto, Ontario. This year’s combine brings 101 of the top draft-eligible players together for a week of testing between May 27 and June 1. The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is set for June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Mueller and the other top prospects will undergo two types of evaluations at the combine. An interview phase will be held from Monday through Thursday, which will be followed by fitness testing on Friday and Saturday at the Toronto International Centre.
Following an impressive freshman campaign in Everett this past season, Mueller, 18, is ranked ninth among all draft-eligible skaters playing in North America by NHL Central Scouting. The 6-foot-4 blueliner finished second among all WHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 31 points (6g/25a) in 63 games on his way to Silvertips Rookie of the Year honors. He was selected by the ‘Tips with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft.
A native of Winterthur, Switzerland, Mueller has competed internationally for the Swiss this year at both the World Junior Championships and Under-18 World Championship. He also played in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax, Nova Scotia in January.
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Four other Silvertips appeared in the final rankings of draft-eligible players by NHL Central Scouting, but did not garner invites to the Scouting Combine. Austin Lotz ranked tenth among North American goaltenders and three other Everett defensemen appeared in the skater rankings: Ben Betker was listed 147th, Ayrton Nikkel came in just behind at #149 and Austin Adam was slotted 175th.
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