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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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