Leading up to the lockout shortened season, we will be providing 2012-13 previews for each player. In no specific order, we continue with Chris Mueller today…
Chris Mueller spent the overwhelming majority of the 2012-13 season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, where he scored 32 goals and added 28 assists for 60 points in 73 games. Mueller was an AHL All-Star as he led the Admirals in scoring.
Mueller played in four regular season contests for the Predators in the 2011-12 season and won 50.6 percent of his faceoff attempts. He did not register a point while playing in those four games, and averaged on 8:27 of ice time.
Mueller didn’t get too many chances to prove himself at the NHL level during the 2011-12 season because of the amount of depth Nashville had, but he also didn’t do anything when he was in Nashville to warrant him staying.
Mueller played with the Admirals during the lockout, posting 12 goals in 34 games and placing second on the team in scoring with 20 points.
It’s very possible that Mueller will be spending a lot of time with Milwaukee again throughout the remainder of this season, but the shortened season may play into his favor. If injuries become a problem, or other younger players don’t perform well, Mueller may get his chance for extended playing time in Nashville. He is a really good AHL player, but he needs to be put in a position to utilize his offensive ability at the NHL level.