San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier has been sidelined for up to four weeks as he recovers from mononucleosis the team announced on Friday.
The 19-year-old will not participate in any NHL or AHL games while he deals with the illness, but will remain in the Bay Area and skate and train as his recovery allows according to the statement. He had been expected to take some part in the Sharks pre-season before likely linking up with their American Hockey League affiliate San Jose Barracuda.
The Swiss forward was selected ninth overall by the Sharks at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft but is yet to make his professional debut, having split last season with the Halifax Mooseheads, where he was serving as Captain, and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies — who traded a 2017 first round pick, a 2017 second round pick and 2018 fourth round pick to Halifax in January to secure Meier’s services.
In all, he registered 34 goals and 87 points in 52 QMJHL games for the two clubs last year, adding 11 goals and 23 points in 18 playoff games for the Huskies as the team secured the QMJHL championship.
Meier also had five goals and eight points in five Memorial Cup games.
The Herisau native has also represented Team Switzerland internationally, including appearances at the European Youth Olympic Festival, where he won a bronze medal at the 2012-13 competition, and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
In 2014 he was awarded the Mike Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL’s ‘Best Professional Prospect’ after scoring 44 goals and 90 points in just 61 games for Halifax.