Wiederer has the tools to be a two-way bottom-six forward with a few years of development. He has decent, untapped offensive potential as well.
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August 2019 – Wiederer closed out the season with 16 points in 39 games, a marginal improvement over the prior season. Wiederer is a good bottom six forward in the AHL, unfortunately its hard to see much more than that in his future. With the amount of forward depth currently on the Barracuda’s roster, there just isn’t room for Wiederer to move up. Chris Legg
June 2018 –Wiederer finished up his campaign representing Germany at the World Hockey Championship. Wiederer played in five of Germany’s six games at both center and right wing, playing reasonably well against top competition despite not registering any points. The versatile two-way player is finished his first pro season with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda posting 16 points in 52 games. Look for him to improve on these totals next year with some added responsibility in another full season in the AHL. Chris Legg
May 2017 – The San Jose Sharks signed Manuel Wiederer to his entry-level deal earlier today. The versatile two-way center split last season between the Moncton Wildcats and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the QMJHL where he posted 29 goals and 24 assists in the regular season. The fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft ended his QMJHL career with 117 points in 114 games. Wiederer plays a very responsible role and takes pride in his defensive zone play while having some skill with the puck as well.
He is highly likely to be with the San Jose Barracuda next year and is a prospect to keep an eye on in the next few years as he continues to fill out his 6′ frame and adjust to the professional game in North America. Zachary DeVine
October 2016 – Wiederer was the last remaining 2016 draft pick at the Sharks main camp, and he showed well at the Rookie Showcase and during training camp. Wiederer has good size and instincts is yet another reliable two-way center in the San Jose system. The big German pivot headed back to the Moncton Wildcats for his overage year and already has five points in four games. With a year of pro hockey in Germany and a full summer with the Sharks, is well positioned to maximize his time in the QMJHL. He’s a player to watch for the Sharks a few years down the road. Zachary DeVine
August 2016 – The Sharks have had success reaching to mainland Europe to find key players. Manuel Wiederer has a chance to be the next one. He spent his draft year playing against men in the DEL. Against far older competition he had a goal and assist in 29 games at the highest level of hockey Germany has to offer. The Moncton Wildcats selected Wiederer in the 2015 CHL Import Draft and was subsequently loaned by the Straubing Tigers to the QMJHL club for the 2015-16 campaign.
Adjusting to a new culture, new team, new size of ice, and more, Wiederer quickly got to work. In 54 games with the Wildcats, Wiederer finished third in points on the team with 29 goals and 35 assists. He also led Moncton in playoff scoring with 16 points in 17 contests, ahead of the Q’s scoring champ Connor Garland. The Sharks selected the 19-year-old winger in the fifth round.
Wiederer’s time in the DEL shows in his game. He is a defensively responsible forward with patience and a good bit of creativity with the puck. His skating is good, but could generate more power and better flexibility in the lower body. In speaking with his agent, Wiederer is expected to head back to Moncton for the 2016-17 season. Zachary DeVine