New Jersey Devils 2010 second round pick Jon Merrill has decided to leave Michigan and sign with the Devils.
His 3-year entry level contract with the Devils begins next season. He also signed an amateur tryout with Albany that will allow him to play for the Devils’ AHL affiliate for the remainder of their season.
Merrill, a defenseman, is 21, 6’4″, and 205 pounds. He scored 11 goals, 47 points and had 45 PIMs in 82 games over three years with Michigan.
From Hockey’s Future:
“Merrill is a solidly built two-way defender with outstanding poise and hockey smarts. He skates well in all directions, shows no fear in rushing the puck up the ice and can quarterback a power play with his great distribution skills and shot. While he’s still a little raw defensively, Merrill has gradually learned how to use his sizable frame to his advantage in his time at the University of Michigan. That being said, he mostly relies on his sound positioning and keen stick-work while defending.”
You can view all of Merrill’s stats here.