2010 Draft Pick preview: Jonathon Merrill

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Jonathon Merrill won two gold medals in 2009 and 2010 in the U-18's. (The Hockey News)

Jonathon Merrill won two gold medals in 2009 and 2010 in the U-18’s. (The Hockey News)

Jonathon Merrill

  • 2009-10: USA U-18, USHL
  • Position: Defenseman
  • CSS Ranking: 21 (7th among defenseman)
  • Hometown: Grand Blanc, MI, USA

At 6-3, 198 pounds, Jonathon Merrill was a part of Team USA’s consecutive World Under-18 Championship gold medals in 2009 and 2010. In the two U-18 Championships, Merrill combined for 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) and 18 penalty minutes in 41 games played.

Merrill was involved in some controversy this season when he and two other players were suspended by the U.S. NTDP for two weeks for violating team rules, but no scout mentioned the incident, so there is not much concern over it.

Other tournaments Merrill participated in was Team USA’s three-game sweep at the 2009 Four Nations Cup and the 2010 Six Nation’s Cup, where they took second place. This past season Merrill played in 56 games with 5 goals and 27 assists.

Merrill’s greatest attributes on ice seem to be his vision. Merrill reads breakouts similar to how Peyton Manning reads a blitz, he is able to assess the situation and position himself to be in the right place. Reading breakouts isn’t his only skill anchoring the back, he not only ‘sees’ the first and second options to get the puck moving again but the third and fourth as well. His size, skill and vision make him a lucrative draft pick on the 25th.

Merrill will attend the University of Michigan next season, he signed his letter of commitment back when he was just 14 years old.

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Categories: Ice Hockey, NHL, NHL Entry Draft, Sports

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