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Zug U20
159 lbs
Place of Birth
Cham, SUI  

Muggli is a left-shot two-way defender who played a ton in this game despite being one of the youngest players on the Swiss team. Right of the bat you can see that he is a smooth skater with great mobility and a quick first step who can move up and down the ice effortlessly. His skating enables him to effectively control the gap to his forwards and adjust his pace to match theirs. This is one of his best attributes and he uses it to limit their time and space which makes it difficult for the opposition to move the puck up the ice. Despite not being the most physically developed defender, he doesn’t shy away from using his body to deliver hits and battle along the boards to disrupt play and force turnovers. His physical presence adds an element of grit to his overall game, solidifying him as a contributor at both ends of the ice. Offensively, he usually exits the defensive zone with ease either with a good first pass or by skating the puck into the neutral zone. Additionally, he likes to join the rush any time he can to try and establish offensive zone pressure. He has got a quick wrister which he used a couple of times from the blue line, and he used his mobility to create an open lane before pulling the trigger. In terms of improvement areas, I noticed that he tends to play the puck elevated from the ice when he’s pressured. It can be useful in certain situations to escape the oncoming pressure, but it appears to be a recurring habit. Over time, this tendency could become an issue as he’s either just throwing the puck away or making it more difficult for his teammates to receive the pass and quickly gain control of the puck. This was my first-time watching Muggli play and I have to say that he really impressed me. From this one viewing I couldn’t find any significant flaws, with his elevated passing being the only notable concern. As with most young defenders he would benefit from adding some muscle to his frame but since he’s already contributing with physicality and playing regularly in the Swiss first division, I don’t see this being an issue down the line. With continued development and senior experience, he has the potential to develop into a potential No. 4 to bottom-pair defender and a dynamic two-way force at the highest level. This could see him garnering some attention as early as the second round of the 2024 draft.

Erik Sjolund
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Game Results

January 2, 2024

Player Report

Skating 8
Shooting 6
Puckhandling 7
Playmaking 6
Offensive Awareness 7
Defensive Awareness 7
Compete 7

Leon Muggli's Reports

Jan 16/24 Leon Muggli 25460 – Ambri vs. Zug NLA by Greysen Goudy View Summary
Jan 4/24 Leon Muggli 25386 – Sweden vs. Switzerland WJC-20 by Erik Sjolund View Summary
Aug 3/23 Leon Muggli 24940 – Switzerland vs. Slovakia HLINKA by Miroslav Simurka View Summary
Jul 25/23 Leon Muggli 24915 – Czechia vs Switzerland EXHIBITION by Miroslav Simurka View Summary