20 Prospects in 20 Days: Timo Meier

(Adrien Zeczan/Chronicle Herald)

(Adrien Zeczan/Chronicle Herald)

With only 13 days left until the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida, we will be breaking down a prospect each day up until June 26th. Today, we will take a closer look at forward Timo Meier.

(NHL.com)

Right Wing Timo Meier, Halifax (QMJHL), 18 years old

Height: 6’1” Weight: 209 pounds, Shoots: Left

RANKED:

NHL Central Scouting: 10th among North American Skaters

TSN: 8th among all players

2014-15 Stats: 61 games played, 44 goals, 46 assists, 90 points, 59 penalty minutes

 

Another NHL Draft, another Halifax Moosehead being drafted high in the first round. It’s becoming a yearly tradition as Halifax has seen players like Nathan MacKinnon, Zach Fucale and Jonathan Drouin get drafted in the past few years. To no surprise, there’s another one this year in right winger Timo Meier. The 18-year-old from Switzerland was very impressive this season, registering 44 goals and 90 points in 61 games this season. That performance earned him the Mike Bossy Award, which is given to the top prospect in the QMJHL. Meier, who led the Mooseheads in goals during the regular season, also added 7 goals and 5 assists in 9 postseason games. His 23 power-play goals broke a Halifax franchise record. That’s pretty amazing considering all of the talented players that have played for the Mooseheads. It was a memorable season for Meier, who saw his draft stock rise up quickly after he improved many aspects of his game. He once was considered a below average skater, but he changed that this season. After plenty of work, he looked much smoother and faster on his skates this season. He’ll never be the best skater on his team, but his skating has improved dramatically from where it used to be. Meier has plenty of tools offensively, including a great hockey IQ as well as a quick, powerful shot. He’s a big weapon in many different ways. Meier has a great one-timer and isn’t afraid to be physical to make room for his teammates. His hand-eye coordination is good too as he is very good at tipping in pucks. As I noted earlier, Meier is very good on the power play. What’s even better is that he can also kill penalties. Meier did that in Halifax and did a great job. He knows how to support the defense and isn’t afraid to block shots. Dan Marr, the director of NHL Central Scouting said this about Meier: “He’s a solid and strong skater both with and without the puck, has high-end hockey sense and reads the play very well. He is very effective in 1-on-1 situations.”

It’s hard to project what exactly Meier will develop into, but he certainly has a shot to become a good top-six winger in the NHL. If he fails at that, he could easily be a good, young third line winger who plays good defense and can produce offensively. Those players are valuable and many NHL teams could use a guy like Meier. In two mock drafts, he was selected 12th overall by the Dallas Stars. Obviously, there’s no guarantee that will happen, but he will most likely get picked anywhere from 10th-15th overall.

 

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Previously Seen in “20 Prospects in 20 Days”:

Dylan Strome
Mitch Marner
Mathew Barzal
Thomas Chabot
Evgeny Svechnikov
Mikko Rantanen
Ilya Samsonov