When the Phoenix Coyotes selected Peter Mueller in the first round with the eighth overall pick of the 2006 draft, they knew they had a special player. The only question at the time was, when would he be a Coyote? That question was quickly answered when he stepped on the ice wearing number 88 just 15 months after he was drafted. Mueller fit right in and became a player almost immediately that could not be taken out of the lineup. Here are a few highlights from Peter Mueller’s rookie season in the National Hockey League.
OCTOBER 4, 2007 vs. ST. LOUIS
Peter Mueller makes his long awaited NHL debut. Although held off the scoresheet, it was apparent the Coyotes had a future star in their lineup.
OCTOBER 18, 2007 vs. EDMONTON
In his fifth career game, Mueller scores his first goal in the NHL on the power play off a Niko Kapanen shot from the point. He would score 22 total on the season. 1st Career Goal
NOVEMBER 7, 2007 @ ANAHEIM
In a game against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, Mueller let loose for not one, not two, but three goals for his first career hat-trick. The Coyotes beat the Ducks in overtime 6-5. 1st Career Hat-Trick
DECEMBER 18, 2007 @ PHILLY
In the midst of a six-game road trip, the Coyotes found themselves in the “City of Brotherly Love” trailing 2-0 to the Flyers. After tying the game at two, Peter Mueller scored the game winner, spinning away from Jason Smith to extend their winning streak to three games. What a comeback, what a win! Game Winning Goal
DECEMBER 20, 2007 @ SAN JOSE
The Coyotes end their eight-game losing streak to the Sharks by defeating them 3-2 in a shootout. Although not credited with a goal on the score sheet, it was Mueller that provided the winner in the shootout. Game Highlights
DECEMBER 31, 2007 vs. COLORADO
The Coyotes closed out 2007 with a bang courtesy of their rookie phenom who helped to send the Avs packing with a shootout goal. Mueller also had an assist in the game, as the Coyotes, who squandered a 3-1 lead, were able to skate away with two points. Game Highlights
JANUARY 15, 2008 vs. SAN JOSE
By this point Mueller had found his goal scoring touch, he also began to become the playmaker everyone thought he would be. No goals in this game for Mueller, but he had three helpers. The Coyotes picked up their second straight win over the Sharks, this time is was a 5-3 final. Game Highlights
NHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
Mueller had a terrific month in January. In fact, no other rookie scored more points than number 88. Mueller had a line of 6-8-14 in 14 games as the Coyotes surged to a 9-4-1 record. Mueller recorded points in nine of 14 games during the month, including a seven-game point streak from Jan. 10- Jan. 21 (4-7-11).
With an outstanding rookie campaign that would see Mueller score 22-31-53, he was recognized by the NHL and named to the Young Stars game. Mueller shared the spotlight with Jack Johnson (LA), Erik Johnson (STL) and Matt Niskanen (DAL), and many others including rookie of the year candidate Patrick Kane.
MARCH 5, 2008 @ DALLAS
Peter Mueller scored his 20th goal of the season in a 2-1 win over Dallas, becoming the first Jets/Coyotes rookie to score 20 goals in a season since 1992-93. That season, the Winnipeg Jets had four rookies with 20 or more goals: Teemu Selanne (76 – NHL rookie record), Evgeny Davydov (28), Keith Tkachuk (28) and Alexei Zhamnov (25). 20th Goal of the Season