With their highest pick since 2007, the Sharks drafted hulking winger Timo Meier. Meier is one of the best pure goal scorers in this draft and plays a power game up front. Playing on the Halifax Mooseheads with last years ninth overall pick Nikolaj Ehlers could have inflated his numbers a bit. Meier has a pretty good all around game although his defensive zone play could use work, and he is prone to bad turnovers. Overall, I'm not too thrilled with the pick with players like Mikko Rantanen, Kyle Connor, and Mathew Barzal available. But it does fill an organizational need, scoring wingers. Meier has the potential to become a top-6 goal scoring winger but a more realistic projection would be a middle-6 complimentary piece.
My NHL Draft
A winger with a great wrist and slapshot who loves to use it. His quick release makes it hard for goaltenders to track the shot. Uses all of his shot arsenal. Good first steps and speed but could be more agile. Has a good offensive mind and is always looking to put himself in a good shooting spot. Good play away from the puck in the offensive zone, though not in his own zone. Tends to make blind passes and turns the puck over too many times. Improved his physical play and is willing to use his body but still needs to use his size better in corner battles and while protecting the puck. Rather shoots than passes. Shows hockey sense and is making himself always available for a pass. His point production exploded this season and he elevated his game to a new level but this should be enjoyed with caution as he is on the teams most dominant offensive line together with 9th overall pick Nikolaj Ehler. NHL Potential: Sniper. Has a very good shot and isn't afraid to use it.
Last Word on Sports
âIn recent yearâs Halifax is just churning out high end forward prospects, and Timo Meier is the latest. Meier has had a tremendous start to the season with the Mooseheads putting up 32 goals and 71 points in 47games so far. An improved skating stride and more speed have really helped him this season, and heâs racking up points and rocketing up draft charts as a result. Heâs not a speedster, but while he was once a bit of a poor skater, heâs now slightly above average in this regard. Meier has great hockey sense and gets to the open areas of the ice, where he can be set up to finish chances with an excellent shot and release. He is also a very physical player, establishing his position in the slot and winning board battles to create offence. He has excellent balance and can control the puck down low on the cycle. He is a strong two-way player who also kills penalties for the Mooseheads.â
Wide bodied six foot Swiss winger whose improved feet and more robust play in the Q has him in the scoutâs sights. Good battle zone player who needs further work on his acceleration and starts. Very skilled but still on the low end of the learning/development curve in terms of thinking the North American game and instinctively reacting. A work in progress who was a member of his homelandâs team roster for the World Junior Under-20 at Christmas 2014.