Chris Mueller (C)
||West Seneca, NY
Enters his sixth professional season in 2013-14. Undrafted, Mueller made his professional debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins on April 11, 2008 vs. Manitoba. He notched his first pro point with an assist as a member of the Lake Erie Monsters on November 14, 2008 against Houston and scored his first pro goal on November 28, 2008 at Rochester. In his third pro season Mueller signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators and made his NHL debut on December 28, 2010 against the Dallas Stars. He tallied an assist for his first career NHL point on January 16, 2011 and scored his first NHL goal on March 19, 2013 at Columbus, beating Sergei Bobrovsky late in the third period in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jackets. Six days later he scored the game-winning goal on Edmonton’s Devin Dubnyk, his second NHL goal, in a 3-2 win over the Oilers. Mueller represented the Milwaukee Admirals at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City, helping the Western Conference All-Stars earn an 8-7 shootout victory. During the 2012 AHL All-Star Skills Competition he helped win his heat in the puck control relay and hit all four targets in eight attempts during the accuracy shooting contest. Mueller was a free agent this summer and signed a one-year two-way contract with Dallas on July 8, 2013. He played four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Michigan State University of the CCHA. Mueller helped the Spartans win the 2006 CCHA Tournament as a sophomore and then during his junior year, MSU won the 2007 NCAA National Championship, beating Boston College 3-1 on April 7, 2007 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis to earn the third national title in school history. During the championship game, Justin Abdelkader broke a 1-1 tie with 18.9 seconds left and then Mueller scored an empty net goal with 1.7 second remaining. In 166 career NCAA games he had 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists) and 141 penalty minutes.