Looking Ahead: Dawson Mercer

Josh Tessler

2019-11-19

 

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Overview:

Dawson Mercer is a 2020 Draft Eligible right wing prospect who hails from Bay Roberts, Newfoundland. He is one of the top draft-eligible right wingers and should be a top-25 selection come draft night. Mercer can also be used at center; the Drummondville Voltigeurs have experimented with Mercer at center and it has seemed to work well.

 

This season is his third season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Currently, he is serving a six-game suspension for an illegal open-ice hit against Val d’Or Foreurs forward Émil Lessard-Adyn. When he is in the lineup, he is an absolute menace. Through 19 games played, he has mustered up 16 goals and 15 assists. Unfortunately, he likely will not be able to break last year’s point total of 64, but he will likely come pretty close to it. 

 

Mercer was also featured in the QMJHL/Russia series and had a strong showing. In the two games played against Russia, he had recorded two goals and an assist. During the tournament, he was often paired with Raphaël Lavoie (C, Halifax Mooseheads, Edmonton Oilers prospect) and Jakob Pelletier (LW, Moncton Wildcats, Calgary Flames prospect). The trio were outstanding in the series and formed solid chemistry almost from the get-go.

 

Prior to his time in the QMJHL, Mercer attended and played for Bishop’s College Prep in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Mercer was one of the top producing forwards for Bishop’s College Prep and caught the attention of the Voltigeurs. Drummondville ended up drafting Mercer eighth overall in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft.

 

Player Profile:

  • Shoots: Right
  • DOB: October 27, 2001
  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 172 lbs

 

Skating:

Dawson Mercer’s skating might be one of the most underrated components to his game. His speed, stride and edgework are great. Mercer will utilize his speed to get past traffic and elevate the puck up the ice. His edgework allows him to weave and attempt to create open ice for himself. Mercer seems to thrive when he has open ice, so the 18 year old seems to do whatever he can to ensure that he has enough open space. 

 

Mercer does need to further develop his turns and balance. When it comes to his turns, most of his turns are too wide and he will need to tighten them. In terms of his balance, you will occasionally notice that Mercer can lose balance in key situations, such as his goal that he scored against Team Russia on November 5, 2019. In the video below, you will see that Mercer is still able to finish his shot and capitalize, but he loses control of his stride. 

 

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Shot:

Mercer has one of the best shots in the QMJHL. In general, his shooting is accurate and will not only shoot from certain areas of the ice. Mercer will shoot from the slot, crash the net and shoot, wrap-around and shoot lasers from the point or half-wall. His shot is always quick, just a quick flick of the stick. 

 

For the most part, Mercer is accurate, but will struggle with his accuracy when it comes to backhand shots. Most of the time, Mercer will lean on his wrist shot or slap shot, but if he can iron out his backhand shot, it will only benefit him and he will be able to add to his bag of tricks. Given that backhand shots are less common from beyond the slot, it is not a major deterrent, but it is definitely an area of Mercer’s game that needs to improve. 

 

Aside from Mercer’s backhand shot, the teenager does a great job of faking hi