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Despite consecutive healthy scratches, Sharks won’t return Mueller to junior

San Jose Sharks v New Jersey Devils

San Jose Sharks v New Jersey Devils

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Mirco Mueller played in five of San Jose’s first six games of the year, but will be a healthy scratch for the second straight time tonight when the Sharks host the Jackets.

For those wondering if Mueller, 19, will be sent back to junior prior to playing nine games at the NHL level, head coach Todd McLellan had a pretty blunt reply:

Asked if there’s still a decision to make on Mueller (WHL or NHL), McLellan emphatically said Mirco’s not going anywhere.

— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) October 23, 2014

Mueller, San Jose’s first-round pick (18th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, is one of the club’s young cornerstones on defense thanks in part to his size -- 6-foot-3, 205 pounds -- and . He’s currently parked in the press box in the wake of a bad outing against the Rangers and, while the Sharks do have the option to send him back to WHL Everett, it sounds as though the club will stick with the “tomorrow team” philosophy and keep Mueller in the mix for the duration of the campaign.