Thursday afternoon, Sharks winger Timo Meier was named to the 2022 NHL All-Star team for the first time in his career. Meier will be heading to Las Vegas as the San Jose Sharks sole representative at the event.
The 9th overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft has become a centerpiece on the Sharks, leading the team in assists this season with 24, points with 39, and plus/minus with a +13. Timo has also netted 15 goals this season, only behind Tomas Hertl on the team scoring count. Of his 15 goals, 5 of them are game-winners, which leads the team in that category.
The 25-year-old winger is only the fourth player in Sharks history to reach 39 points in the first 32 games of the season, putting him in an elite group with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Owen Nolan.
Coming into Thursday, the day Meier was named an NHL All-Star, Timo was on a five-game point streak to help lead the Sharks to three-straight wins. Meier’s recent point streak was his fifth multi-game point streak this year, including his six-game point streak to start the season. Timo had a red-hot start to the season, recording a point in 10 of his first 11 games.
In his sixth season as a Shark, Meier has 13 multi-point games, with two of those being multi-goal games. With the exits of Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, and Patrick Marleau, Timo has taken the spotlight and is now one of the faces of the franchise.
The Herisau, Switzerland native will become just the fifth Swiss NHL player to be named an All-Star and the first Swiss winger to participate in the game. In the 2018-19 season, Timo became the first Swiss player in NHL history to record a 30-goal season.
Before being named an NHL All-Star for the first time, it had already been a milestone year for Meier who scored his 100th NHL goal earlier this season. Timo also eclipsed 200 career NHL points near the beginning of this season.
The 2022 NHL All-Star Game will be held on February 5th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 12 p.m. PT.