The book is out on Timo Meier. A wildly talented forward, the Swiss skater put together a fabulous season in the QMJHL with Halifax and then with Q Champion Rouyn-Noranda. Will he play all of the 2016-17 season with the Sharks? I think so. How will he adjust to the toughest competition of his career? That’s a little murkier.
Here’s what Hockey’s Future said about Meier ahead of last season:
A big and strong forward who can skate, Meier was one of the more improved forwards in the QMJHL over the course of the 2014-15 season. He is already 6’1” and over 200 pounds, and he takes full advantage of that size by using it to get to the net and clear out space for both himself and his teammates effectively. He’s at his best when playing along the boards in the offensive zone, utilizing the cycle game. He is also a big game player, having looked his best at the BMO Top Prospects game in 2014-15, a year in which he also finished second in the CHL with 10 game-winning goals.
And here’s a taste of what we wrote about Meier in May:
Timo Meier is a physical goal-scoring forward with a decent amount of finesse mixed in. Meier will find a myriad of ways to get on the score sheet and he isn’t afraid to be involved in the physical side of the game. He has improved massively over the last few years and will look to start a new chapter amongst the professional ranks next season.
Meier is the Sharks’ most exciting prospect and we’ll almost certainly get to see him play with the big club this season. If he can adjust to the size and speed of the NHL, San Jose will be in good shape to make another Stanley Cup run.
Name: Timo Meier
Age (as of 10/12/16): 20
Position: Right Wing
2015-16 Team: Halifax/Rouyn-Noranda
Where he’ll (probably) be next year: San Jose Sharks
What we like: Diverse skillset, ability to use size to create plays and overall hockey sense.
What to improve on: Scoring more consistently against tougher competition, making better decisions in the offensive zone.