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COYOTES SELECT PETER MUELLER 8TH OVERALL

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

COYOTES SELECT PETER MUELLER WITH 8TH OVERALL PICK
IN 2006 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Phoenix Coyotes today selected center Peter Mueller in the first round (8th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Mueller was rated by Central Scouting as the No. 6 North American skater available in this year's draft.  The Bloomington, Minnesota native registered 26 goals, 32 assists, 58 points, and 44 penalty minutes (PIM) in 52 games with Everett of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season.  For his performance, Mueller, 18, was named the 2005-06 WHL Rookie of the Year.  He ranked 3rd in rookie scoring in the WHL and was the only rookie to average over a point per game.

Mueller was the youngest member for Team USA at the 2006 World Junior Championships and recorded 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points and 26 PIM in 7 games.  He ranked T-4th on Team USA in scoring in the tournament.  Mueller also tallied 4 goals, 3 assists, and 7 points as well as 20 PIM in 6 games at the 2005 Under-18 World Junior Championships to finish 2nd on Team USA in scoring.  In addition, the forward played in the 2006 Top Prospects game in Ottawa, serving as captain for Team Cherry.

Mueller was a high school teammate of the Coyotes' 2004 first round draft selection (5th overall) Blake Wheeler at Breck High School in Minnesota in 2002-03.

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