[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Ninth Overall: San Jose Sharks add more Swiss to the mix with Timo Meier

By Peter Prohaska
Timo Meier - San Jose Sharks

Photo: The San Jose Sharks looked to bolster their forward ranks with the selection of right winger Timo Meier from the Halifax Mooseheads at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/Hf)



The Sharks used their first round pick in 2013 on Swiss defender Mirco Mueller, and a second round pick (53rd overall) in 2014 on Swiss forward Noah Rod so perhaps it should have come as less of a surprise that the Sharks ended up with Timo Meier, of the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Meier put up 90 points this season as part of a line with Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG), but the Sharks are betting that the production is good evidence of his skill level and his versatility.

What Timo Meier brings is size and strength. He can score with a good shot, but has excellent in-game awareness that translates in both zones.

He describes himself as “a power forward that likes to take pucks to net. I’m a physical player, I use my size and I have a good shot.” “I have to get better in the defensive zone if I want to play in the NHL,” he admitted.

Meier does know Mirco Mueller, and says “it’s nice to know somebody there.”

In all, whether for reasons of geography or organizational need, Meier offers some excellent upside as a big forward with a high level of mental ability for the game.

The highlight clips below provide a taste of Meier’s dynamic shot and ability to create offense.