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.
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
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
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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