The San Jose Sharks have announced that Mirco Mueller will be allowed to participate for Switzerland at the upcoming World Junior tournament.

Mueller, the 18th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, has just three points in 24 games this year as an NHL rookie. Averaging just over 17 minutes a game, Mueller has spent a good portion of the year on the sidelines this year in favour of more experienced veterans on the roster. It makes sense to loan him for that reason, as having him play big minutes for a bubble team will really give him a chance to prove his true worth with the team.

Considered to be one of the best defenseman at the 2015 World Juniors, this will be Mueller’s third WJC tournament appearance. A big two-way defenseman that will likely be a very effective NHLer at some point, Mueller had 2 assists and was plus-seven with 6 penalty minutes in six games for Switzerland in 2013. Last year, the 19-year-old got his first tournament goal and an additional assist in Switzerland’s failed bid for a medal.

For an updated Swiss roster, click here. Switzerland’s first pre-tournament game in Canada is set for December 23rd against the host country, while the team will battle the Czech Republic in their first WJC game on December 27th.

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