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Aaron Brouwer
12-31-2011, 23:36
What is his upside?

JimEIV
01-01-2012, 02:58
Difficult to tell at this point. Last year I watched about a half dozen regular season games of his plus NCAA tournament play.

Last year it was looking very much like he was a budding two way defender with a top pairing potential, a good #2 defenseman. But the loss of this development time and his off ice issues have left things rather hazy in a lot of peoples mind.

I'm personally still high on him, I think he has all the tools to be a solid twoway guy in the vein of a Jordan Leopold

devilzrule27
01-06-2012, 13:00
Merrill is back in Michigan's lineup tonight according to his teammate Chris Brown via twitter! Woooohoooo!

Clarkson Falls Down
01-06-2012, 13:02
Great news. Good for him sticking it out.

Zajac's Bowl Cut
01-06-2012, 13:23
go big Jon

Clarkson Falls Down
01-06-2012, 14:27
Yea that is awesome news that he's back

I'm curious to see what he does next year, but I'd think he stays at Michigan again

Yeah, I don't think that this is totally a lost season for him, but the loss of games definitely means that he should spend at least another year there - which isn't a bad thing at all.

vonbonds
01-06-2012, 14:32
While I am glad he stuck it out for character building reasons this season if he is really a high end prospect he needs to play in a league that plays a lot more games than in the NCAA next season at this point in his career. Just my opinion.

devilzrule27
01-07-2012, 08:20
notched two assists last night in his first game back! woot woot

Clarkson Falls Down
02-13-2012, 13:08
Very good read on Merrill. Looking forward to seeing him in New Jersey.

http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/michigans-rebound-ignited-by-a-defenseman/

devilzrule27
02-13-2012, 19:02
Awesome to hear

I think we'll see him in rookie camp for sure this summer and in training camp the following summer

Skill wise he's ready to make the jump to the pros next season but I could see him staying in college for another year. Will be interesting to see.

Dr. Doom
02-13-2012, 21:48
I think Merrill should at least finish one more year of school. I would personally like to see him finish college and then turn pro. There is already a logjam at defense and adding Merrill would really intensify things.

Clarkson Falls Down
02-13-2012, 21:59
I would understand either way if Merrill bolts or stays in school one year. If he stays next year, he probably wants a full year with the program. If he bolts he probably feels that he wants this stuff behind him and is good enough to turn pro.

I support him either way.

VaxjoDevil
02-13-2012, 22:34
I remember Trottier's moralist **** on this, it was suffocating. Boys will be boys, and they will grow up. It will be awesome to see him in NJ.

Clarkson Falls Down
02-13-2012, 23:01
Yep, he would've been hung now if if was up to him. God forbid the kid lives the college life.

Sure, he probably lived it up too far out of bounds of Berenson's program, but you live an you learn.

Classic Devil
02-14-2012, 06:22
Yep, he would've been hung now if if was up to him. God forbid the kid lives the college life.

Sure, he probably lived it up too far out of bounds of Berenson's program, but you live an you learn.

This is key - Merrill lived, and he learned, and everything suggests that he did grow up.

I think he spends another year in the NCAA, but I'm actually not convinced that would be best for him. It might be better to get him into the AHL and have him spend lots of time with a Tommy Albelin and work with Scott Stevens.

Dr. Doom
02-14-2012, 08:08
I'm just very excited for our defense of the future.

If Urbom, Merrill, and Gelinas pan out we will be in really good shape.

Urbom-Larsson
Volchenkov-Merrill
Gelinas-Fayne

Ignore the pairings, but that could be a sick defense. 3 right hand shots :eek:

devilzrule27
02-14-2012, 08:37
This is key - Merrill lived, and he learned, and everything suggests that he did grow up.

I think he spends another year in the NCAA, but I'm actually not convinced that would be best for him. It might be better to get him into the AHL and have him spend lots of time with a Tommy Albelin and work with Scott Stevens.

Him staying in the program instead of bolting to the OHL showed a lot of character. We've seen other top prospects like Charlie Coyle bolt at the first sign of adversity in college. Good for him on that part.

And I agree 100%. I think being with pros and working with former NHLers in our system is what the kid needs at this point. From what I've seen the skill is definitely there. He could have turned pro last year, skill wise. Having him work with Stevens and company would drastically help him lock down the mental aspect of life.