COYOTES SIGN 2006 TOP DRAFT PICK PETER MUELLER
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have signed center Peter Mueller to an entry level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Mueller was selected by the Coyotes with the 8th overall choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In March, he was ranked as the 7th best NHL prospect in The Hockey News’ annual “Future Watch” edition.
“The signing of Peter Mueller is an important step in our process of building a winning franchise here in Phoenix,” said Maloney. “Developing our young talent is an important part of that process, and getting Peter signed and into our system is very exciting for us. He is an impressive talent.”
Mueller, 19, registered 21-57-78 and 45 penalty minutes (PIM) in 51 games for Everett of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season. Despite playing in fewer games than any of the WHL’s Top 50 scorers, Mueller ranked 3rd in the league in assists and 13th in points. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward went on to post 7-9-16 and 12 PIM in 12 playoff games to rank 14th in WHL postseason scoring.
As a WHL rookie in 2005-06, Mueller recorded 26-32-58 and 44 PIM in 52 games with Everett and was named the league’s 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. Over two WHL seasons, Mueller has totaled 47-89-136 and 99 PIM in 103 regular season games. The forward played in the 2006 Top Prospects game in Ottawa, serving as captain for Team Cherry.
Mueller, a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, helped lead Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships in Sweden. He ranked tied for 3rd on the team in scoring in the tournament with 3-3-6 in 7 games. At the 2006 World Junior Championships, Mueller was the youngest member for Team USA and recorded 2-4-6 in 7 games to tie for 4th on the squad in scoring. He also tallied 4-3-7 and 20 PIM in 6 games at the 2005 Under-18 World Junior Championships to finish 2nd on Team USA in scoring.
In 2004-05, Muller played for the Under-18 U.S. National Development Program and collected 26-26-52 and 44 PIM in 40 games.
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.