Mirco Mueller sent back to AHL

The Swiss defender hasn't quite found his NHL legs.

Mirco Mueller's up and down season continues today as the Swiss defender has been sent back down to the Barracuda.

In seven games with the Sharks, Mueller hasn't quite done enough to justify a regular spot with the big club, and that's a shame. Given San Jose's lack of depth defensively, a breakout season from Mueller would have helped shore things up on the blue line.

There's still time, but Mueller will head back to the Barracuda to get some more AHL experience. The demotion likely signals the return of Justin Braun for Friday's game against the Ducks.

Press release:

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has reassigned defenseman Mirco Mueller (@muellermirco) to the San Jose Barracuda (AHL, @sjbarracuda).

Mueller, 20, has posted one goal and one assist and a plus-1 rating in six games with the Barracuda this season. He has appeared in seven games with the Sharks this season, and made his NHL debut in 2014-15, recording one goal and three assists in 39 games with the Sharks. In addition, he added one goal in three games with Worcester (AHL) last season.

A six-foot-three, 210-pound native of Winterthur, Switzerland, Mueller was originally drafted by San Jose in the first round (18th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.