Scouting the Enemy: Anaheim Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks

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October 26, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen (31) blocks a shot as center Ryan Kesler (17) and defenseman Clayton Stoner (3) help defend against San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

3. Each season, it seems the Sharks keep bringing along a young player through their system that has an impact at the NHL level. Last season, it was Tomas Hertl, who was well-known for his highlight-reel goal on Henrik Lundqvist. Couture had an incredible rookie season in 2010-2011. This season, young defenseman Mirco Mueller was expected to help on defense after the team unloaded veteran Dan Boyle in the offseason. How strong has the 19-year old rookie been this season for the Sharks?

Felix: I think he’s been alright. So far, he’s a -1, statistically, and already has his first career NHL goal against the Minnesota Wild on an earlier road trip. Of course, like all rookies, he’s still trying to adapt to the NHL. Of course, Hertl played in an NHL-sized rink before being drafted into the League. Thus, he has a lot more experience and a feel for the game and was able to put on a show against the New York Rangers last season. Mueller’s still working on his defensive game and still needs work on properly reading the play and staying with his man. Other than that, I think he’s been alright.