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Blues sign former eighth overall pick Mueller

Jul 29, 2014, 2:17 PM EST

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The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Peter Mueller to a one-year, two-way contract.

Mueller, the eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft, last played in the NHL in 2013, as a member of the Florida Panthers. The 26-year-old spent last season in Switzerland, racking up 46 points in 49 games for Kloten.

For the Blues, it’s a low-risk signing with a potentially good upside. We actually wrote last summer about Mueller, before he went to Europe. While he does have a concussion history, he also scored 22 goals, with 32 assists, as a rookie for the Coyotes in 2007-08.

Mueller’s possession numbers were also good relative to his teammates in Florida. It was a lack of finish (just eight goals on 131 shots) that hurt his production.

Related: NHL return possible for Peter Mueller

  1. lowenni - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    I can see Mueller making a successful return to NHL duty but not on the Blues. This is a curious signing to me. A) he doesn’t fit their two-way style of play, and B) they’re loaded up front and likely won’t have any need for him besides as an injury call up. He’s kind of top-9 or bust and the Blues top-9 has no need for him.

  2. lowenni - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    To clarify–this is defnintely good for the Blues, they add a lot of depth to their roster on a two-way deal. I just don’t understand for Mueller why he chose a team that he should’ve seen didn’t really have an opening for him unless he really, really shines.

    • miketoasty - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      I could think of a couple different reasons that obviously may or may not be true.

      First off he won’t be relied upon, as you said he is a call up mostly. He will get playing time for sure but won’t have to have all the pressure of a regular starter.

      He’s playing for a team that has a good shot at the Cup. That really has to be any players dream in this league no matter where you fit in.

      He’s only signing a one year deal so maybe he’s taking a chance at the cup and also trying to show other teams that he is worth big money next year?

      I agree with you though, he could have been a second or even first liner in some other places so good job to the Blues for signing him how they did.

  3. sunking1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    22G 32A as a rookie??? That’s one heck of a rookie season.
    Wonder where his scoring touch went after that?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Concussions played a major role.

  4. 19to77 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Man, the Blues are loaded at forward now. They lost Sobotka and that has to sting, but on the flip side, they resigned Ott as a fallback plan and added Lehtera, Statsny and Mueller. That’s a much deeper, more skilled offense than we saw last year. Assuming Hitch keeps the Backes line together, that leaves them Statsny, Lehtera, Tarasenko and Schwartz to build two more scoring lines around. This team doesn’t have an outright superstar, but depth is what wins Cups these days and this is depth in spades.

    • bcsteele - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Hitch will likely put Stastny and Backes on the same line but the other winger is TBD. Steen or Ohio likely but who knows. I’m assuming though that you keep Ott as third line center and they signed Stastny and Lehtera to be centers. Should still be very deep though.

      Blues fans have been waiting for a true top line center to move Backes to the wing. Imagine a player like Backes on the forcheck followed by Stastny and either Ohio or Steen following up…goaltending SHOUD be our only true concern this year.

      • bcsteele - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Damn autocorrect. ..sorry Oshie…not Ohio…wtf.

      • bluesdroogie - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        During an interview with Hitch he said look for pairings. Oshie/Backes, Schwartz/Tarasenko, and Steen/Lindstrom. not sure how that affects the lineup but here is my guess

        Osh Stastny Backes
        Schwartz Lehtera Tarasenko
        Berglund Lindstrom Steen
        Ott Lappy Porter/Reaves

        That leaves a lot of players fighting for ice time. I am going to say Porter, Jaskin, and Paajarvi are going to be the ones rotating in and out of Chicago unless they are picked off the waiver wire while in transition.

      • stlbluesfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        bluesdroogle, like your guess with the exception of Lindstrom, sub Mueller and you have something. Lindstrom has a scary past. He is a perennial point per game player, except when he has tried to break an NHL lineup. One three tries to get into the NHL he is a minus 18. I think that Mueller has more potential, he is younger and has proven he can play when healthy. I think that Mueller could break the top 9.

  5. nyrnashty - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    I got $5 on it that he used Head & Shoulders 2 in 1!

  6. bluesdroogie - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    okay good. another depth signing. more players competing for the 3rd line. NOW, can we please resign Schwartz already.

  7. kingsfan93 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I always liked Mueller when seeing him play with Coyotes & Avalanche. He is a real good player. He just needs a real opportunity with solid line-mates that he can play with (w/Florida doesn’t count). He has a great shot from the perimeter/blue line, playmaking skills, & with good skating. If healthy I think he be an effective player.

    Best of luck to him!

    • avfanforlife - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      agreed – unfortunately, he’s a concussion magnet and it really is a matter of when, not if he gets his bell rung again.

  8. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    The central continues to separate from the others.

  9. quinner17 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Low risk high reward….no brainer. Don’t know why more teams didn’t take this chance

  10. ronniethec - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    The central is by far the toughest division in the league with only one try weak sister. (Jets). It should be interesting to see which team comes out of the central to lose the WCF to the Kings.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:53 AM

      Lose to the Kings? Not so fast. Last year, Kings barely got past the Hawks OT in game 7. Hawks had the shortest offseason working aghainst AND the mosty players in the Olympics.

      Prior year they rolled 4 lines, going into the playoffs last year, they had three. 4th line may have averaged 6.5 min/game in the WC finals.

      GM made major mistakes in bring back an aging Handzues following an MCL tear AFTER his ACL tear. Trading to bring Versteeg back FOLLOWING an ACL tear.

      1st 3 lines can only go so far against a closely competitive 4 line t4eam.

      With a longer offseason, no Olympics and removing 2 of the 3 failing 4th liners (Versteeg is a matter of time), and with the talent pipe the Hawks have you have at best “presumptive expectations”

      • stlbluesfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        The problem for the Hawks is not this year, it is next. Kane and Toews contracts have handcuffed the team. You have to be able to afford to put a team around them. I dont think that the Hawks are sliding, they are just as good as they have been, the problem for them is that the other teams (minus the Jets) have gotten better. It is going to be a battle from game 1 and it is going to get nasty fighting for every point!! Bring on the season!!

  11. djshnooks - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    If Jaskin is subjected to waivers, and actually gets waived…there is absolutely zero chance he makes it to AHL-Chicago.

    He would be snatched up by Buffalo in a heartbeat…they wanted him as part of the Ryan Miller trade, and couldn’t get him.

    I think they might look at Paajarvi too.

    (I do like Carrier A LOT though.)

    I’m surprised the Sabres didn’t look at Mueller, or vice-versa, where he would have probably gotten more ice-time.

    Same with some of the other guys who have been brought back over to NA.

    I thought for sure Kaspars Daugavains would be brought back by Ted Nolan.

    • bluesdroogie - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      That’s what I am afraid of. The Blues now have a logjam of players that could be in the NHL. The Blues have too many forwards right now. Porter, Jaskin, Reaves, Lindstrom, Paajarvi, Mueller, and maybe Rattie and McRae. That’s 6 forwards fighting for 2 spots. Some will have to go down to make the roster compliant.

      I am also starting to worry about cap room as we are just under 3 million from the cap and I thought it would take 3 mill to resign Schwartz.

      • stlbluesfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        I like the “logjam” if it forces competition, but things are starting to get crowded. Wondering if they will use some of that depth up front to add to the blueline???? I think that Rattie is ready to go and could produce well at this level, but where does he fit???

      • bluesdroogie - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        I am all for competition, but we have too many forwards and not enough spots. We could easily lose players to the waiver wire and get nothing in return for them. That is what scares me. I really like the fact that everyone will be pushed hard to make this team. Losing players for nothing stinks.

        Add to the Blueline??

        Jbow-Petro
        Gunnar-Shatty
        Leopold-Jax

        extras- Cole, Butler, and Hakanpaa. I think our blueline is fine. We also have other prospect still developing. Hakanpaa is new but he should see some games this season.

      • stlbluesfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        I would feel better going forward with better depth than Cole, Butler, and Hakanpaa. I agree with letting players go for nothing, better to be packaged for picks at least. Not sure that Leo is safe as the 5 or 6 d-man. The Blues have more offensive potential heading into this season than I can remember in a long time. You are looking at possible line combinations that put Steen on a third line?? That is a great problem to have. This is probably the best puck possession team in the league. They are going to need it, the central is going to be brutal this year!

    • jonnyhammersticks - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      He’s on his entry-level deal and has only played 20 NHL games so he’s not subject to waivers for another two years or 140 NHL games, whichever comes first. Capgeek.com has a great tool for calculating player waiver status, but very few players are subject to waivers on an entry-level deal.

      • bluesdroogie - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        yeah I looked at that. so hes good for at the next 2 years. he will not be in the lineup or a healthy scratch for 140 games in that stretch.

  12. flyerspsu - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Good signing, was really hoping the flyers would go after him

  13. tross16 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Good low risk signing I think he would be a better fit with the pens tho

  14. letsgocaps88 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    He looked very good at the IIHF World championships, glad he’s back in the nhl. His hands are pretty good.

  15. wutangwild - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Oh peachy the Blues get even deeper. Nice signing.

  16. ronniethec - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Endusersution2013
    I agree that the Hawks are a terrific team. However I feel that the kings have a better defense and superior goaltending. For this reason, I feel the Kings will repeat as Champs.

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