It’s hard to keep secrets in the National Hockey League, but when you score 30 goals in a Pacific outpost on a team with a bunch of players more famous than you are, there will still be people who don’t know your name.
The San Jose Sharks knew about Timo Meier before everyone else did, and now the St. Louis Blues are finding out, too.
"Us guys in here that have gotten to see him over the last couple of years, he’s exactly that – a beast," San Jose defenceman Brendan Dillon said after Meier’s beastly performance in Saturday’s 6-3 playoff win against the Blues. "He’s a powerful guy and a skilled guy as well that almost flies under the radar being here. We have so many quality players, you almost look at him like a depth forward. But he can be such a difference-maker. Sometimes I don’t think he even knows how strong he is. We get to see it in practice."
"Yeah, he practises the same way he plays," Sharks winger Kevin Labanc said. "It’s an everyday thing. Once he’s going, he’s going and it’s hard to stop him. He’s such a big body. He’s a man."
Actually, Meier is only 22-years-old and this is just his second full season in the NHL. So, really, the power forward is still a growing boy in hockey. A 210-pound growing boy who possesses strength and a nasty streak to augment all that speed and skill that made the Swiss winger a ninth-overall draft pick in 2015.