Ohio State coach Mark Osiecki, who has coached Merrill before in international play, said after Michigan's 4-0 win Sunday in Cleveland at the Frozen Diamond Faceoff he thinks Merrill is the best defenseman in the country. Pretty high praise for a guy who has only played four NCAA games this season, but Merrill is certainly one of the top NHL prospects in college hockey.
If Merrill's head is screwed on staight, I think we all know what he's capable of doing. There's just a great calmness to his game, where it almost looks like he's not even trying: thing is, that's far from the case. He's just so smart out there.
"I couldn't care less about the team struggling"....A very drunk Joe Namath
2011-12: The start of a new making the playoffs streak!
I thought Merrill played a decent game tonight. Appears to be getting better in the d-zone. His positioning has improved and he's very good with his stick. Not very physical, but that's not his game. As always, makes good decisions on the PP. His instincts in the 0ffesnive zone are very impressive.