Mueller to Rangers very close
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12-17-2009, 12:42 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Sin City
Keep in mind that Mueller is also in the last year of his contact, so he would need to be qualified.
Mueller intrigues me. I liked him a lot in 2006 and his rookie year was right on par. But something happened along the way, he just fell off a cliff.
Mueller has the talent to be a 25-30 goal, 70-80 point player. He's not the best skater, but he has solid size and (has) played with some heart and grit. He's not a fighter, but this is a kid who scouts once said played more like a product of Western Canada than Minnesota.
But his play has been simply unacceptable this year. He's got to try more and earn his icetime.
He's certainly talented enough to center a first line, but he can't pull a Jamie Lundmark and play like he feels entitled to it either.
Simply put - he's high risk, high reward at this point. Which is ironic because coming of juniors, i would've said he was a "safe" player.
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