The Halifax Mooseheads have played a prominent role at the NHL Draft in recent years. It should be no surprise there is another slated to be a 2015 first round pick. The latest in line is Swiss sniper Timo Meier.
In 61 games this season Meier recorded 44 goals and 90 points for the Mooseheads. He followed his stellar season with a 10 goal, 21 point effort in 14 playoff games for Halifax. Both totals were a big step up from his rookie season in the Quebec League. As a rookie, Meier recorded 17 goals and 34 points in 66 games during the regular season.
At the conclusion of this past season he was named a QMJHL Second All-Star. He also won the Mike Bossy Trophy as the best professional prospect, making him the third consecutive Moosehead to win. The previous two winners were Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers.
Meier has been a steady presence in the Swiss youth ranks since the 2011-12 season, making his debut on their U-16 team. This past year he represented Switzerland at the 2015 World Juniors and was a top performer for his nation. He recorded a pair of goals and six points in six games and was named one of Switzerland's top three players.
From a skillset perspective, Meier projects as a scoring winger. He has good offensive instincts, a willingness to get to scoring areas and shoots the puck well. Many have pointed to Meier playing on a line with Ehlers as a primary reason for a 90 point season. While Ehlers certainly helped, it doesn't do justice to Meier's ability. He possesses a quality shot and can let it fly on goal while heading down the ice at top speed.
Moving forward, Meier will have to improve his skating to be more effective at the professional level. His ability to move around the rink is arguably his biggest downfall at the moment. As the speed increases and space decreases at the next level, he'll need to adapt to ensure he can score. All in all, he plays a very complete game. It's a matter of being able to do it as quickly as possible in all areas of the rink.
Meier will more than likely be selected in the middle of round one.