Jon Merrill (ice hockey)
Jonathon Merrill (born February 3, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). Merrill was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 2nd round (38th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Merrill was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but grew up in Grand Blanc, Michigan and Brighton, Michigan.
Merrill with the Devils in December 2014
February 3, 1992|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
Vegas Golden Knights|
New Jersey Devils
38th overall, 2010|
New Jersey Devils
Prior to turning professional, Merrill played NCAA college hockey with the Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey team. Merrill was suspended for the first 12 games of the 2011–12 season by the University of Michigan for "violating team rules."
In the 2013–14 season, Merrill made his NHL debut on November 3, 2013, skating with the Devils in a game against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, but less than five minutes into he game he fell into the boards and sustained severe facial lacerations. and a concussion.
He scored his first NHL goal on February 7, 2014, a game winner in overtime against Ilya Bryzgalov of the Edmonton Oilers, making him the first Devil to score his first NHL goal in overtime.
On June 21, 2017, Merrill was selected in the NHL Expansion Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights. On January 16, 2018, Merrill signed a two-year, $2.75 million contract extension with the Golden Knights.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2008–09||U.S. National Development Team||NAHL||26||2||2||4||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||22||1||8||9||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||University of Michigan||CCHA||42||7||18||25||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||University of Michigan||CCHA||19||2||9||11||15||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||University of Michigan||CCHA||21||2||9||11||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||New Jersey Devils||NHL||52||2||9||11||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New Jersey Devils||NHL||66||2||12||14||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||New Jersey Devils||NHL||47||1||4||5||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||New Jersey Devils||NHL||51||1||5||6||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Vegas Golden Knights||NHL||34||1||2||3||22||8||0||0||0||10|
|2018–19||Vegas Golden Knights||NHL||57||3||12||15||53||7||0||0||0||0|
|Representing United States|
|World Junior Championships|
|World U18 Championships|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Dan Feldman (June 24, 2010). "Incoming Michigan freshman and former Grand Blanc resident Jon Merrill's NHL draft hopes hinge on how teams view his maturity". mlive.com. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
Born in Oklahoma City, where his dad served in the Air Force, Merrill moved to Grand Blanc when he was 3. His family moved to Brighton four years ago, and he moved to Ann Arbor two years ago to play for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
- "Merrill Suspended for 12 Games". mgoblue.com. October 1, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
- "McKenzie: Jon Merrill Trying to get Career Back on Track". December 15, 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-09-17. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
- "Jon Merrill signs three year contract with Devils; to play remainder of season in Albany". Fire & Ice.com. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-03-27. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Devils notes: Jon Merrill injured in debut". NorthJersey.com. 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-03. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Devils confirm Merrill suffered concussion in debut". NBC Sports. 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-04. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Merrill's first NHL goal lifts Devils over Oilers". sportsnet.ca. February 7, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
- Pinchevsky, Tal (June 22, 2017). "Vegas Golden Knights Focus on Defense in N.H.L. Expansion Draft". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
- "Jon Merrill Signs Two-Year Contract Extension, AAV $1.375 Million". NHL.com. January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.