Position: Defenseman | Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight 198 lbs
FanHouse Ranking: No. 20 | Age: 18 | Hometown: Bighton, Michigan
Merrill had a good run with the U.S. NTDP, but he still has to become a better skater and develop some more maturity to his overall game.
A couple years at the University of Michigan should be a huge boost to Merrill's ability. The Michigan program has developed a number of quality NHL players over the years, including defenseman Jack Johnson of the Los Angeles Kings. Merrill won't be that kind of player, in all likelihood, but he's big and strong and should compete well at the college level. His hockey sense is off the charts. It's like he can see the play developing three steps ahead of everyone else sometimes. That sense helps him make up a bit for not being a great skater.