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Jonathon Merrill | Defenseman

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 198
College: U. of Michigan
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Jon Merrill had the wind knocked out of him in a collision with Ruslan Fedotenko on Friday.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Saturday that Merrill, who did not practice, "is fine, he had the wind taken out of him and he's day to day." Coach Pete DeBoer is not concerned about it being a long-term problem, either. Merrill suffered a concussion last season, and that is why there's been more buzz about this injury. There's a chance the 22-year-old could skate on Sunday. Merrill had 11 points in 52 games last season. Sep 20 - 11:23 PM

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It was Jonathon Merrill and Ruslan Fedotenko's heads that collided during a drill on Friday.

Fedotenko appears to be fine, but Merrill needed to be helped off the ice. Merrill suffered a concussion last season and while nothing has been confirmed or ruled out yet, the obvious fear is that that's what's wrong with him now. For what it's worth though, Fedotenko did talk to Merrill in the locker room afterwards and was left with the impression that Merrill was feeling better.
Sep 19 - 5:01 PM

Jonathon Merrill needed assistance to get off the ice after colliding with Ruslan Fedotenko during Friday's practice.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer thinks Merrill will be fine, but he doesn't have specific information yet. Merrill had two goals and 11 points in 52 games with New Jersey last season.
Sep 19 - 4:33 PM

Jonathon Merrill (face) returned to the lineup Saturday night for the Devils.

The young blueliner is back, sporting a full cage, after missing three games when he was struck by a puck last Saturday. Merrill has 10 points in 47 games this year.
Apr 5 - 7:40 PM

Jonathon Merrill (face) was wearing a full cage during Friday's practice.

Merrill hasn't played since sustaining facial injuries on Saturday when he was struck by the puck. He has two goals and 10 points in 47 games this season.
Apr 4 - 10:36 AM

Jonathon Merrill suffered a facial injury in the third period on Saturday and did not return.

Merrill took a shot off his face with 7:07 remaining in the third as a Travis Hamonic slapshot took its toll on the defenseman. Consider him day-to-day for now. Merrill has two goals and 10 points in 47 games this season and has no fantasy value.
Mar 30 - 4:22 AM

Jonathon Merrill potted his second goal of the season and added an assist in the Devils 3-2 win on Sunday.

It was the best offensive display for Merrill in his young NHL career as he now has nine points this season. The 22-year-old second round selection has some offensive talent and coach Peter DeBoer has compared Merrill to the solid Paul Martin. Keep an eye on him in the future.
Mar 24 - 5:58 AM

New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer compared rookie Jonathon Merrill favorably to Paul Martin.

"You hear the name Paul Martin a lot around here because he obviously played here and came up here as a young player," DeBoer said. "He's kind of a puck-moving defenseman that is solid. You can play him against other teams' top lines, he can kill penalties, he can help you on the power play. It looks like (Merrill) is going to be that type of defenseman." Merrill has enjoyed a solid rookie season, but he hasn't done much offensively. With just five points in 32 games, he's not worth putting on your radar yet from a fantasy perspective.
Feb 21 - 5:04 PM

Jonathon Merrill has been promoted by New Jersey.

He was down to AHL Albany on Feb. 9, but he did not play any games during the Olympic break. Merrill has five points in 32 NHL contests this season.
Feb 19 - 2:29 PM

Jonathon Merrill was sent to the minors on Sunday.

He will play in the AHL during the Olympic break. Merrill has one goal and four assists in, along with a minus-9 rating, in 32 games with New Jersey this season.
Feb 10 - 10:18 AM

Jon Merrill insisted he hadn’t been bothered by the zero in the goal column on his stat line. - See more at:

When the rookie defenseman’s first NHL goal finally came Friday night, however, it was perfect timing for the Devils. Merrill scored 2:34 into overtime to give the Devils a much-needed 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in New Jersey. "You always dream about that kind of stuff when you’re a little kid, and I think after 20 games went by and I hadn’t scored, those dreams kind of went away a little bit and I just worried about playing," said Merrill, who hadn’t scored in his first 30 NHL games. "I knew it would come when it came and tonight it did."
Feb 8 - 10:17 AM

Jonathon Merrill got out of the press box on Thursday.

Merrill spent four straight games as a healthy scratch. That being said, the way the Devils fit him into the lineup was by dressing seven blueliners. The rookie doesn't have any fantasy value at this time.
Jan 31 - 9:49 AM

Jonathon Merrill made what was really his proper NHL debut on Monday.

It was actually Merrill's second career game, but the first time he lasted three shifts before suffering a concussion. This time around, Merrill had a neutral rating and two shots on goal in 15:17 minutes of ice time. "I thought he did a good job for his first game," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "You can see his composure and his ability to move the puck. Tough circumstances to throw him in and I thought he handled himself very well."
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 09:59:00 AM

Jonathon Merrill will play Monday for the first time since Nov. 3 when he suffered facial lacerations and a concussion.

He will dress against the Winnipeg Jets with Adam Larsson out because of a lower-body injury. He was brought up from the minors on Monday morning. Merrill has eight points in 14 games with AHL Albany this season.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 02:53:00 PM

Jonathon Merrill (concussion) has been activated from the injured reserve list.

Merrill was then sent to the minors. He sustained the injury while making his NHL debut on Nov. 3. He has two goals and seven points in 11 AHL games this season.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:25:00 AM

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