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Position: Right Wing
Birthdate: Apr. 14, 1988
2005-06 Club: Everett (WHL).
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Nickname is Muellzy ... favorite player is Philadelphia’s Peter Forsberg because he plays both ends of the ice ...wears jersey #88 because it is his birth year ... thanks his parents for having the most influence on his career because “they are the most supportive people” ... patterns his style of play after Boston’s Patrice Bergeron because “he can do everything at both ends and we have similar features” ... outside of sports, Mueller most admires his father because “he is an amazing guy and can relate to me with sports” ... most memorable hockey game played was the Under-18 gold medal game because he had the opportunity to play for his country ... most memorable hockey game watched was the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship when USA defeated Canada because “it was great to see the Americans come from behind”...favorites include: Family Guy (TV show), Slap Shot (movie), Jamie Foxx (actor) and Dierks Bentley (musician)... if he had the chance to invite any three people to dinner, they would be: Pamela Anderson, Tom Brady and Bob Marley.
Central Scouting Report:
His speed is deceptive – his pace picks up when in possession of the puck ... has the uncanny ability to be in the right spot at the right time ... has good acceleration to loose pucks ... mobility is good to both sides and is effective in traffic ... has excellent vision and is gifted at moving the puck using soft hands and very good anticipation ... is good at creating space for teammates and has the ability to make teammates play at a higher level ... is an efficient player who knows when to exert the proper energy and has a deceptive, heavy shot with a quick release, excelling at one-timers... would have much better numbers but plays in a very defensive oriented system ... is used effectively to quarterback the power-play ...was 4 of 8 in shootouts this season ... shows a willingness to work the corners and compete for pucks in traffic ... is willing to take a hit to make a play and pays attention to the defensive aspect of the game ... during the last half of the season was much stronger in his own zone ... Everett’s 2nd pick, 21st overall in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft ... a member of Team USA for the 2005 Under-18 World Championship and 2006 World Junior Championships ... played in the 2006 Top Prospects game in Ottawa.
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