Mueller, Ellis Selected to Play in AHL All-Star Classic
Milwaukee, WI—The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals forward Chris Mueller and defenseman Ryan Ellis have been selected to play in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City, NJ on January 29th and 30th. This is the first All-Star selection for both players.
Mueller leads the Admirals in points (23) and goals (13) thus far this season. He also tops the Ads roster with six power play goals and three game winners and is fifth on the team with ten assists. The Buffalo, New York native scored a goal in four straight games from December 18 through the 31 and he established a team high four points (1g-3a) in a game against the arch rival Chicago Wolves on October 14th. On November 29, Mueller registered the Admirals only hat trick of the season in an 8-1 win over Abbotsford. He was also called up to Nashville where he played two games with the Predators.
Mueller led the Admirals in points (24g-26a-50pts) and goals and also played 15 games in two stints with the Predators (0g-3a-3pts) in 2010-11. He also ranked third in the AHL in shorthanded goals (4), and tied for the Admirals team lead in game-winning goals (5) in his third professional season. Mueller was signed as a free agent by the Predators on December 27, 2010, and made his NHL debut the following night vs. Dallas.
The 5-11, 192-pound right wing posted 104 points (42g-62a) and 141 penalty minutes in 166 games with Michigan State from 2004-08. He serving as an alternate captain during his junior and senior seasons and helped the Spartans win the 2007 NCAA National Championship.