The San Jose Sharks saw prospective blue liner Mirco Mueller record 11 games at the NHL level this season, but he won’t be starting off the post-season with the Sharks.
The team confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Mueller, who spent 48 games at the AHL level this year, has been reassigned to the San Jose Barracuda at the end of the 2015-16 regular season. He’ll head back to the minor league club in hopes of improving upon his current 11 point season with the Barracuda, then add to his production with a postseason run for the club.
Drafted 18th overall by the Sharks in 2013, Mueller – a native of Winterthur, Switzerland – is currently finishing up his second pro season in North America. A former Everett Silvertips defenseman, Mueller could have a chance to see the postseason with the Barracuda this spring; they’re currently fourth in the Pacific Division at the AHL level with just two games left to play, so he’ll have to help them push for that final playoff spot in the next few days.
The Barracuda will next play on Saturday, when they face the Stockton Heat on the road, then they’ll wrap up their season the next day with a final game against Stockton at home in San Jose. The Sharks, on the other hand, will begin their own postseason on Thursday, when they face the Los Angeles Kings to being the first round of the playoffs.