The New Jersey Devils today acquired defenseman Mirco Mueller and San Jose's fifth-round selection (#143 overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft for New Jersey's second-round (#49 overall-previously acquired from Boston) and fourth-round (#123-previously acquired from Nashville) picks in the 2017 NHL Draft. New Jersey still owns its own second and fourth round picks in the upcoming draft, and will now have 10 selections overall.
Mueller, 22, has spent his entire career with the Sharks' organization, since being selected in the first round (18th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has spent the last three seasons splitting time with the club's AHL and NHL affiliates. Last season, he appeared in four games with the NHL club, scoring one goal and one assist. Mueller also skated in 62 games with the AHL Barracuda, notching two goals and 18 assists for 20 points and added five assists in 15 Calder Cup Playoff contests. In 54 career NHL games, he has two goals and four assists for six points and 17 penalty minutes. Mueller made his NHL debut on October 8, 2014 at the Los Angeles Kings.
The 6-3, 210lb. left-shooting blueliner started his professional career with a nine-game stint in Worcester (AHL). A native of Winterthur, Switzerland, Mueller played youth hockey for Swiss development clubs in his hometown and in Kloten. He has represented his home country at World Junior under-18 and under-20 competitions. Following his time in Switzerland, Mueller came over to North America, where he played two seasons (2012-13 & 2013-14) with Everett of the Western Hockey League.