NHL Draft: Timo Meier Profile and Scouting Report
Hey let's talk about winger Timo Meier.
Timo Meier is a 6-foot-1 209 pound left shot right winger out of Switzerland. In his second season with the Halifax Mooseheads, Timo notched 44 goals and 46 assists. The electric winger should be available when the Dallas Stars pick. What can the NHL expect from TImo?
Hockey's Future has a good deal of information about him. Below is their 2015 season summary for Meier:
2014-15: Meier was the second-leading scorer for Halifax behind Winnipeg Jets' prospect Nikolaj Ehlers in his second season with the Mooseheads and played for the Switzerland U20 team in the 2015 World Junior Championship. He score[d] 44 goals with 46 assists and was +20 with 59 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games. Halifax finished fourth in the Maritimes Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Meier scored 10 goals with 11 assists and was +1 with 18 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes in six games for Switzerland at the WJC. Meier played for Team Orr in the 2015 CHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked 10th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft.
That's a pretty legit season for a player heading to the draft. It's worth noting that he does have a late birthday so he has an extra year of competition that some of his draft classmates haven't experienced yet. He did exactly what you would expect a top prospect to do though so it's reasonable to see a lot of potential going forward.
What type of player is he though? His coach with Halifax explains a little bit about his game
He's able to create space with his size (6-foot-1, 208 pounds) and with the way he shoots the puck," Halifax coach Dominique Ducharme said.
SBNation's Calgary Flames blog Matchsticks and Gasoline had an interesting observation about Meier too.
If you want a comparison that really is music to your ears, Meier compares a lot to our own Sean Monahan. If you scrubbed a scouting report of all mention of Meier and Monahan, they're essentially interchangeable. Smart, offensively gifted yet effective at both ends, net drivers with nice shots, and NHL-ready selections. Meier even won the QMJHL's Mike Bossy Award, given to the league's best professional prospect.
Several facts about Meier come up repeatedly when you read about him. He isn't a very good skater right now. This is certainly problematic, but we've recently seen the Los Angeles Kings draft Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli who had similar issues. Those picks are doing alright now after working on their skating. You will also see that he has a quality shot and is good on the boards. He's also seen as a good backchecker who plays well off the puck even if he still needs some development.
Basically it sounds like he can do everything but skate. This is what he looks like when he is making highlights:
We'll see how the draft plays out, but Meier should be available when the Stars pick. Would you be opposed to him being the newest Dallas Star?