I never said we were in for a rude awakening? Unless My name changed randomly.
And he is still one of our top d prospects, he is going to develop differently than what a lot of posters here have been clamoring for. I would expect NHL scouts to be aware of areas of strength and deficiency in his game though.
I am sorry i must have been tired when i posted this because clearly that was not you!
I'd move Merrill in a heartbeat if he can be packaged for a top #6 forward.
We have no offensive depth whatsoever. We are damn lucky that our 3rd (4th line) is picking up the slack cause our top #6 is no where to be found.
Merrill might turn out to be a solid d-men but if we can land a solid forward whitout crushing our depth on defence, wich wouldn't be the case at all, I'd pull the trigger on something worth while.
I'm still not sold that John Merrill will be the d-men most of you expects him to be. At the NHL level, the real difference between being a "ok" player and real good player is basically what's between your ears. At that level, everyone has the skills but what seperates players is the mental aspect of the game and Merrill has shown us, so far at least, that he's a bit of a headcase.
I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Yea I was under the impression his hockey IQ was his best asset