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Jon Merrill
Jon Merrill
Defenseman  - NJD
Number: 7
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 3, 1992  (Age 24)
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Drafted: NJD / 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (38th overall) PROSPECT BIO
Joined Albany (AHL) upon completion of collegiate career; made professional debut Mar. 29, 2013 vs. Hershey after signing first pro contract...Finished fifth among the club’s defensemen with 1g-7a-8pts despite seeing action in just 12 games...Began pro career with four-game point-scoring streak Mar. 29-Apr. 5 (1g-5a-6pts); stretch included back- to-back two-assist outings Mar. 30-Apr. 2...Played three seasons at Michigan (CCHA); stats showed 11 goals and 36 assists for 47 points and 45 penalty minutes in 82 appearances...Played in 2012/2013 CCHA Championship Games; helped lead Wolverines to 2011 NCAA Championship Game and CCHA regular-season title...Named to 2011 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, 2011 CCHA All-Conference Second Team and 2011 CCHA All-Rookie Team...Finished first among Michigan defensemen with 7g-18a-25pts as a freshman...Named game’s no. 1 star/notched two goals in school’s 5-0 win over rival Michigan State at “The Big Chill at the Big House,” Dec. 11, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor...Represented Team USA at 2012 World Junior Championships in Calgary/Edmonton, Alta.; named team’s no. 1 star in final game Jan. 4 vs. Switzerland... Helped lead USA to Bronze Medal-finish at 2011 World Junior tournament in Buffalo and Niagara, NY; was named one of team’s top three players by coaching staff...Also named one of Team USA’s top players at 2010 under-18 Tournament; won Gold Medal at 2009 tourney...Finished in second place at 2010 Six Nations Cup; first place at 2009 Four Nations Cup and 2009 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament...Drafted by New Jersey after spending the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons with the United States Development Program.