Draft Class Deep Dive: RW Dawson Mercer

Tony Ferrari

2020-09-07

 

The ability to play all three forward positions. Safe middle-six projectability. Dual-threat offensive talent. Competitive defensive player. These traits are all reasons that lead many to believe that Dawson Mercer could be one of the safest picks outside of the top-ten. Every step that he takes and every level he plays at, Mercer is able to make his mark up and down the lineup. Starting the season on a torrid pace with the Drummondville Voltigeurs prior to being a surprise addition to the Canadian World Junior team. Traded to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens while with the Canadian junior squad, Mercer’s production dipped with his new squad but his strong play continued.

 

The Newfoundland native could be a coach’s dream. Mercer had a busy year between the two different teams in the QMJHL, Team Canada, and playing in various prospect games throughout the year but he continued to do his job and contribute, even when he doesn’t find the scoreboard. The small details of his game are good and he is not a player you have to push for effort. His high-level hockey sense and the ability to exploit defenses because of it are key to Mercer establishing himself as a top-20 prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft.

 

Dawson Mercer bio information courtesy of Elite Prospects

 

As we break down Mercer’s game, an appreciation for the versatility and projectability will begin to rise. He looked much faster and stronger with Drummondville in the first half of the year. His pr