Jon Merrill has decided to leave school and has signed with NJD

Submitted by Lupe Fiasco on March 27th, 2013 at 9:14 AM
Per Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie 16m Univ Of Michigan D Jon Merrill has decided to leave school and has signed with NJD. Reporting to AHL, presumably for balance of season.



March 27th, 2013 at 9:17 AM ^

Not really a surprise, but disappointing from a fan's perspective. Best of luck to the guy, and hope to see him playing regular minutes in the NHL sooner rather than later.

Hopefully Trouba decides to stick around for one more year.


March 27th, 2013 at 10:06 AM ^

Can't blame him and probably the right choice. We're actually fortunate that he was suspended for part of last season and came back this year IMO. But he's missed about a whole season of his college career due to suspensions and injuries so it's not like his time at Michigan has been the greatest. But he's been a valuable player for us and I think he'll be a solid NHLer.


March 27th, 2013 at 10:15 AM ^

This is lacking in statistical optimality, but seems consistent with common assumptions on the underlying models. Projection of Michigan hockey success parameters into 2013-2014 would likely improve if Trouba continues pursuing a college education.

david from wyoming

March 27th, 2013 at 10:25 AM ^

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March 27th, 2013 at 11:47 AM ^

Dies ist bedauerlich aber nicht überraschend. Ich hoffe, dass Trouba bleibt.

With regards to that, had a story which still does not specify a timetable for Trouba's decision, but Trouba was quoted, interestingly enough, when asked about his year:

“I think I’ve learned a lot about me as a person, about the game of hockey,” Trouba said. “There’s not really a wrong decision to make, but there’s definitely one that could be more beneficial. I’m just going to wait it out and see how I feel.”



March 27th, 2013 at 12:10 PM ^

I didn't get to watch many Michigan hockey games this year, but I did catch all but one of our CCHA tournament games and I have to say that Trouba is The Truth(R). Merrill is good, but Trouba makes people look silly and his slapshot is incredible. I'll miss him a lot more than I will miss Merrill (which is a lot)


March 27th, 2013 at 1:56 PM ^

Unfortunate but not surprising. Hopefully Trouba sticks around.

Good luck Jon. Tell Jacob to put in another year, just like you did. He should play in at least on NCAA tourney. Get the next streak rolling.