Timo Meier, RW/C
Hometown: Baden, SUI
Drafted: 2015 by San Jose Sharks, 9th Overall
May 2017 – Overall, Meier has been one of the better rookies for the San Jose Barracuda this post-season. Since returning from the San Jose Sharks, Meier is playing with his usual mix of physicality and skill. Away from the puck, Meier has been doing a good job using his body to separate opposing players from the puck. In Game Three against the San Diego Gulls, Meier put forth his best game since coming to San Jose. San Diego simply had no answer throughout that match for Meier as he scored in overtime with one hand on his stick after making a power move to the net. Meier remains a major component for the Barracuda's post-season run to the Calder Cup. Zachary DeVine
January 2017 – Early results on Meier are somewhat mixed. Physically he does not look out of place on the NHL ice. He has the skill to contribute to the boxscore, but the Sharks are still working to get the Swiss winger going. Meier has spent the past few games on the Sharks' top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski but has only an assist to show for it and two points in 12 games and no goals since his very first attempt on net in his first game. Meier still shows a QMJHL mentality with his shots and needs to improve his shot selection for the next step in his progression. Zachary DeVine
December 2016 – Meier was recalled by the San Jose Sharks today in what could be the start of his Sharks career if Logan Couture misses time. Meier is the leading goal scorer for the San Jose Barracuda with nine goals and has added six assists as well. Meier has spent most of his time with the Barracuda’s top two lines, centered by either Danny O’Regan or Rourke Chartier and added a power element to the Barracuda’s forward lines. His defensive zone coverage is improving, but still a deficiency at the professional level. He’s also second on the team in penalty minutes with 26, and most of them are of the ‘undisciplined’ variety. However, he has a goal scoring ability and physical presence that is lacking among the Sharks prospects. He uses his body well, and the mixture of his physical tools with good hands makes him dangerous in the offensive zone. It’s unlikely that he will solve the Sharks current secondary scoring woes, but if he adjusts quickly to the NHL pace, could be part of the puzzle offensively during this season. Long term, he remains the bluest of blue-chip prospects in the San Jose organization.
September 2016 – Timo Meier was diagnosed with mononucleosis and will be out for approximately four weeks. The versatile winger had still been impressive in summer viewing at the Sharks' development, rookie and now main camp. A late cut from last year's training camp, the Sharks' ninth-round pick in 2015 is a mixture of speed, size, skill and tenacity. He plays a heavy game with second-line skill upside, and played all three forward positions in the QMJHL. The Sharks were likely to give Meier a long look at a roster spot, and have at least one opening, but he'll need to head down to the AHL to get his strength and conditioning back after a long illness like this. Zachary DeVine
July 2016 – The Sharks top prospect did not disappoint at the 2016 Sharks Development Camp. Looking already to the part of an NHL player, Meier was fierce and determined in each day of drilling. His physical maturity and skills with the puck set him apart from other skaters, who ranged in age from 17 to 25. When speaking with members of the media, Meier said all the right things and sounded like a 10 year NHL veteran. Meier nearly made the Sharks opening night roster last year and came to camp looking to let the brass know he intends to stay. The Sharks do not have many openings in the forward ranks. Meier is the bluest of blue-chip prospects but could further refine his skating and his positioning defensively will need to be improved.That said, there is no reason to think Meier couldn't be a 30+ point producer should he make the Sharks in any capacity this fall. He'll get a very, very long look at training camp. Zachary DeVine
June 2016 – Meier had a fantastic finish to his third season in the QMJHL with an appearance in the Memorial Cup final. Despite losing a heartbreaker 46 seconds into overtime, Meier finished the tournament with five goals and eight points through five games and was named to the tournament All-Star team. The Swiss born sniper was a true catalyst for his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies' squad, often being found in the centre of all the offensive action. The ninth overall selection from the 2015 NHL draft will no doubt make a strong push to begin the 2016-17 season with the Sharks and forego his final junior campaign. His size and offensive game are ready, but he'll need to prove capable at both ends of the rink in order to gain the trust of Peter DeBoer and Sharks' coaching staff. Cam Robinson
May 2016 – The Sharks' top prospect is shredding the competition in the QMJHL playoffs. The ninth overall selection in the 2015 draft currently has nine goals and 15(!) points through six playoff contests, as his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are tied 1-1 in their second round series with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Meier has been a revelation since his move from Halifax and will look to press the issue in camp this fall and force the Sharks' management to find a home for him in their top-nine forward corps. Cam Robinson
February 2016 – Meier has continued his strong run of play since being traded to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The powerful winger has produced 17 points in the 12 games with his new squad while displaying a versatile skillset that NHL teams covet. Meier will look to continue developing his two-way acumen while still producing at a high rate – the former of which will quickly land him a job in San Jose. Cam Robinson
January 2016 – Meier had a slow start to the World Junior Championship tournament, but played his best hockey in the latter stages, helping the Swiss to a win in the relegation round and a spot in next year's tournament. The ninth-overall pick scored two goals and three assists in six games. Returning home from Helsinki, Meier was traded from Halifax to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Rouyn-Noranda is the second-best team in the QMJHL and is poised for a deep playoff run. Cam Robinson
December 2015 – Meier will once again represent Switzerland at the World Junior tournament this Holiday break. The Mooseheads captain will be the go-to offensive weapon for a Swiss squad that will try to rebound after a disastrous 2015 tournament that saw them fail to make the quarter finals. Meier will be keyed on by the oppositions top defenders, and the Swiss will likely only go as far as their best player can carry them. Cam Robinson
November 2015 – Meier has had a strong start in the QMJHL this year. The newly appointed Mooseheads captain has scored seven goals and 25 points in just 18 games, putting him on pace to come close to the 90 points he scored a year ago. While he may not reach such a lofty total, he is now producing without super-prospect Nikolaj Ehlers, at his side. Meier will once again suit up for Switzerland at this year's WJC-20 tournament with an eye towards improving on last tournament's ninth place finish. Cam Robinson
September 2015 – Timo Meier was returned to his junior team in Halifax of the QMJHL. After a strong camp and pre season, the Sharks decided it was best for the #9 selection from this year's draft to hone his skills against teenagers in the Major Junior circuit. New head coach Peter DeBoer had this to say of Meier, "He has a nice blend of power, speed and skill and he has a really bright future." Upon being assigned to Halifax, the Swiss native was quickly named captain of the Mooseheads and will look to improve on the 44 goals and 90 points he recorded last season, which is made more unlikely by the loss of line-mate and über-prospect, Nikolaj Ehlers. Cam Robinson
June 2015 – The San Jose Sharks head to Halifax and select burly winger Timo Meier 9th overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross
February 2015 – The hard-working skilled Halifax winger, Timo Meier, has been one of the fastest climbers on many experts’ draft lists. After a two-week period of eye-opening hockey on Switzerland’s WJC top line, the feisty Meier has quickly become a coveted prospect. Blessed with sliick hands in traffic, explosive two-step quickness and the ability to open up space with his physicality, Meier creates an impact every shift he takes. He packs a quick release that catches goaltenders off guard as he exits scrums with the puck and attacks instantly. Meier’s throwback style mixes impressive physicality, understated puck skills and the puck pursuit of a future impact player. He’s always in and around the play and hungry to make a difference. Meier is the latest of a growing influx of talented Swiss hockey players and the newest high-end product of the Halifax Mooseheads program. His aggressive and competitive drive will be attractive qualities to old-school evaluators yet his offensive tools and possession game will catch the eye of new-breed onlookers. Brendan Ross
Fantasy Outlook: B+
Meier is an attractive prospect due to his combination of size, skill and overall work ethic. An NHL career is all but certain, as he offers a versatile set of player qualities. Reminiscent of a grittier Rick Nash.
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