Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Timo Meier poses for a photo with team executives after being selected as the number nine overall pick to the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The San Jose Sharks have signed first-round pick, ninth overall, Timo Meier to an entry-level contract. While the financial details are not yet known, the maximum a player can sign for in an entry level deal is $925,000. Also, the deal is for three years and was first reported by Kevin Kurz of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area.
Meier, who stands 6-foot-1 and 209 pounds, was the Sharks highest draft pick since San Jose drafted Logan Couture with the ninth pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Meier is a powerful, right wing prospect who lit it up for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
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After registering 34 points in 66 games for Halifax in 2013-14, Meier scored 90 points (46 goals and 44 assists) in 61 games, while adding 10 goals and 11 assists in 14 playoff games.
Meier was ranked 10th in NHL Central Scouting’s final 2015 rankings, while being the top-rated prospect from the QMJHL. Here’s what Sharks general manager Doug Wilson had to say about Meier following the signing:
"“Timo is a dynamic forward who has outstanding finishing skills. His big, pro frame allows him to be successful in all three zones, and his high hockey IQ has already become evident at our Prospects Development Camp. We look forward to watching his continued development.”"
Meier, who is currently one of 43 San Jose prospects participating in their development camp right now, will participate in the third annual summer prospects scrimmage which will be held at SAP Center tomorrow night at 7:00. While Meier already has an NHL-type frame, expect him to return to juniors since it’s unlikely that he will be in a Sharks uniform next season.