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Sharks sign ‘15 first rounder Timo Meier

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The San Jose Sharks have signed Timo Meier to a standard, entry-level contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

Meier was the ninth overall pick at last month’s NHL Draft.

“Timo is a dynamic forward who has outstanding finishing skills,” said Sharks’ GM Doug Wilson. “His big, pro frame allows him to be successful in all three zones, and his high hockey IQ has already become evident at our Prospects Development Camp. We look forward to watching his continued development.”

The 6-foot-1, 209-pound forward has spent the past two seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Herisau, Switzerland native scored 44 goals and 90 points in 61 regular season games with Halifax during the 2014-15 season.

He was awarded the 2015 Michael Bossy Trophy given to the QMJHL player judged to be the best professional prospect.

Meier represented Switzerland at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship scoring two goals and four assists in six games.

“Timo is an accomplished goal scorer who had an excellent season in Halifax last year,” Sharks’ Director of Scouting Tim Burke said. “A strong body, good skater, and versatile player, we were very excited to take him with the 9th overall pick.”

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Report: Drouin could start season on IR

Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin could start the season on injured reserve.

According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Drouin skated on his own Saturday, but did not participate in the morning skate group.

Tampa Bay plays its’ final preseason game tonight against the Florida Panthers.

Drouin, Smith reports, sill needs follow-up x-rays on his fractured right thumb.

The good news is Drouin hasn’t had any setbacks with the injury, but Smith says that GM Steve Yzerman could see the 19-year-old start the season on IR.

If Drouin starts the season on IR, he could participate in American Hockey League games with the Syracuse Crunch on a rehab assignment prior to making his NHL debut.

Drouin, the Lightning’s first-round selection (3rd overall in 2013), is coming off his final year with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he scored 29 goals and 108 points in 46 games.