According to the New Jersey Devils, defenseman Jon Merrill sustained an injury (conflicting reports as to where) during the club’s pre-season match up against rival New York Rangers and will be out a minimum four weeks.
Merrill, 24, had his season cut short during the Devils 2015-16 campaign due to a shoulder injury, after missing time in January and February due to an arm injury, skating in only 47 games.
Back in May the young defenseman underwent a successful surgery on his right shoulder and was sidelined for at least four months for recovery.
Now out with yet another injury the blue liner looks to have his season debut pushed back.
In the 2014-15 season the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma native played in a career high 66 NHL games. In that time, he had two goals and 14 points while patrolling the blue line for the Devils.
The 6’3”, 205-pound defender was a second round selection of the New Jersey Devils in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Before starting his professional career Merrill played three seasons with the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, under the coaching direction of Red Berenson. In 2010-11 U of M was the CCHA Regular Season Champions and Merrill was named to the All-Rookie Team, the Second All-Star Team.
Before joining the collegiate ranks, he played for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program that at the time was based in Ann Arbor.
Merrill has a IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) bronze medal to his name and holds promise of a bright future on the Devils blue line.