2006 prospects: Q&A with Marcel Muller

By Chapin Landvogt



Marcel Muller was ranked No. 42 among European Skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and has the type of size (6’4, 214 lbs.) and skill combination that most NHL teams are looking for. This past season was a bit of a turbulent one which included all the growing pains of being 17 years old and playing a total of 60 games for three different teams in the Eisbaren Berlin organization. In the process, however, Muller continued to develop into Germany‘s highest-ranked prospect. Berlin is looking forward to the winger stepping in to take on a bigger role with the big club next season.

Berlin won the DEL (German Elite League) championship for the second year in a row. During the 2005-06 season, Muller more or less established himself as being capable of playing a regular role in the DEL.

In Pierre Pagé, Muller had a coach who was active in North America for many years, even having coached NHL teams in Quebec and Minnesota. Now in Germany, he’s been incredibly successful and has been able to celebrate two DEL championships. He’s known for integrating young players as much as possible and has been very successful in doing so.

Hockey’s Future recently had the opportunity to conduct a short interview with Muller.

HF: You continue to be ranked as Germany’s most promising prospect heading into the 2006 NHL Draft. You’re listed as No. 42 in all of Europe. Have you been aware of this and how do you feel about the possibility of being drafted this summer?

MM: Yes, I have been aware of this and I am very much hoping to be drafted this summer. It would be an absolute highlight in my thus far very short career.

HF: How does it feel to be so young and yet to have already been part of a champion at the highest level possible in your country?

MM: It’s naturally a great feeling to be the champion at such an early stage – being only 17 – in the professional ranks. However, I certainly hope that there’ll be other championship titles in the course of my career.

HF: All this considered, you just had a personally turbulent and eventful season. Do you feel your season was positive for your development and do you believe you’ve become a better player?

MM: I believe I’ve made some positive steps in my development but the season didn’t go the way I had imagined it would.

HF: What has Pierre Pagé meant to you and your career thus far?

MM: Mr. Pagé has taught me how to play hockey at the highest level. He’s a very good coach and is incredibly demanding of the younger players. That brings us forward in our development.

HF: What are your current plans for the next season?

MM: I would like to play as often as possible in the Eisbaeren DEL team, hopefully becoming a regular at some point in the season.

HF: What do you think you need to work on the most in order to become a regular in the DEL and later a key player there – usual prerequisites for even having a shot at a career in the NHL?

MM: I believe, to reach this goal, I still have to great deal to learn about all the disciplines and areas of development that belong to professional hockey at the highest level.

HF: How long have you been aware that you could come into question for NHL clubs and how well do you know other young players such as Phillip Gogulla (BUF) or Thomas Greiss (SJ), who have been drafted in recent years?

MM: I know Thomas Greiss since the middle of the season and I’ve known Philip Gogulla for a while now… pretty well in fact, since we’ve played together in national selection teams.

HF: The draft takes place on June 24th, right in the middle of the World Cup of Soccer which is being held in Germany. How are you going to keep yourself informed about the events of the draft and are you nervous or excited about it?

MM: I’m neither excited nor particularly nervous, nevertheless, I’ll surely be following the draft via Internet.

2005-06 Season Stats

Team

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

+/-

Eisbaeren Berlin (DEL)

24

1

1

2

20

-6

Eisbaeren Junioren**

27

7

8

15

91

NA

Eisbaeren DNL***

9

9

4

13

60

NA

** Junioren: Junior team playing in Germany’s 3rd best league
*** DNL: Deutsche Nachwuchs Liga = German Young Prospects League

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