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Fantasy Summary

Future top-six winger, who is constantly battling for puck possession.


Observations

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March 2022 – Mercer has had a tremendous season so far with the Devils, earning 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 54 games, putting him on pace for almost 50 points in a full season. His two-way game is impressive enough to earn him the occasional short-handed shift, and he averages just under two minutes on the power play per game as well. His stints in the top six among the likes of Hughes and Hischier have been more than warranted, and his next step will be to look to become a mainstay in that range of the Devils’ lineup moving forward. Hadi Kalakeche

October 2021 – Mercer has had an immeasurably successful preseason, almost guaranteeing himself a spot on the team’s opening night roster through pro-level skating, intensity, and anticipation on both sides of the puck. On top of that, his goal-scoring ability seems to have translated really well against NHL defenders and goaltenders. Expect Mercer to play out the majority of this upcoming season with the Devils, as one of the team’s bottom-six centers or perhaps eventually on Hischier or Hughes’ right-wing in the top-six. Hadi Kalakeche

April 2021 – Mercer headed back to Chicoutimi after the World Juniors, and picked up where he left off; he now has 19 goals and 17 assists in 23 games, good for a team-best 36 points. With his entry-level deal being signed, he can join the Devils for nine trial games anytime in the next three years without burning a year of his contract. He can otherwise continue his wonderful work with the Saguenéens, dominating the opposition on both sides of the ice and playing with impressive intelligence throughout the QMJHL season. Hadi Kalakeche

January 2021 – Mercer seemed to impress everyone but Team Canada’s coaching staff at the World Juniors, as he struggled to earn ice-time throughout the tournament, especially against top teams. He was one of Canada’s best forecheckers, their most defensively sound forward, and overall showed how prepared he is for higher levels of hockey. Despite that, he only played nine minutes in Canada’s finals loss to the USA, leaving the Edmonton bubble with a silver medal to his name. Mercer will now return to Chicoutimi to ride out the rest of the 2020-2021 season, although strict COVID measures in Quebec might force him towards Binghamton’s training camp in February. Hadi Kalakeche

December 2020 – Mercer will be heading to Edmonton for the World Juniors, where he will face the best players of his age in the world. He has already impressed in training camp for Team Canada, especially in the Red vs. White scrimmage, where he outplayed, out-thought, and out-worked almost everyone he faced. Great things could be coming in this tournament for the young winger. Hadi Kalakeche

October 2020 Mercer will likely spend the next season in the QMJHL with Chicoutimi, but the defensive side of his game is already polished to the point that he would not need to assume a sheltered role in the NHL, and he can contribute on both special team units. His passing, hands and shooting are above-average and his skating is decent, but Mercer is not the type of elite offensive dynamo that will get you out of your seat in each presence. He is a high-floor, average-ceiling player, with middle-six numbers to be expected. As a second-line right-winger playing behind Holtz with either Hughes or Hischier down the line, he could be one of those players that explode offensively next to elite talent. Hadi Kalakeche

October 2020 – Mercer was drafted 18th overall by the Devils. Mercer could push for an NHL job after another year in the QMJHL and then maybe one year in the AHL.  Jokke Nevalainen

February 2020 -Mercer has been having an outstanding season, establishing himself in most circles as a top-15 player for the 2020 NHL draft. He was tearing the QMJHL apart with 42 points in 26 games for the Drummondville Voltigeurs before being traded to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. He hasn’t kept that level of production up but hasn’t been the offensive focal point as he was in Drummondville. He has impressed throughout the year with his good shot and high-level hockey senses. He earned a spot on the Canadian World Junior team in December and even though he played a minor role and didn’t register a point, he was a gold medalist at the event in his draft year which is an impressive accomplishment. Mercer is an opportunistic player who finds weaknesses in the opposition and exploits them. If he can continue doing that and improve on his scoring rates with Chicoutimi, he should be a top-15 lock heading into June. Tony Ferrari

October 2019 – Dawson Mercer is having a great season so far. In 16 games played, Mercer has mustered up 13 goals and 11 assists, with five of his goals having come on the power play. While Mercer is having a productive season, there are a few things that Mercer needs to work on. His shooting accuracy can be shaky at times, he is inconsistent with his puck control and occasionally Mercer will make bad decisions with the puck when traffic is bearing down on him. While he has a few flaws in his game, he has a lot of promise. His edges are strong and he can weave around traffic in transition. Mercer always seems to find open ice in the offensive zone and is a crisp passer. The Drummondville Voltigeurs right-winger is constantly hunting for pucks along the boards and jumps on loose pucks. With that being said, Mercer has plenty of offensive upside and should be a top-six winger in the NHL down the road. Josh Tessler

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 27, 2001
Height 6‘0”
Weight 178 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 1; Overall: 18

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Team Newfoundland U14 (ACC)ACC-U145 2 24 2|        
  Tri Pen Ice U15 AAANLAAAHL U1528 20 2343 30|Playoffs5 5 813
 2015-2016 Team Newfoundland U15 (ACC)ACC-U155 2 35 0|        
  Tri Pen Ice U15 AAANLAAAHL U1524 42 2668 41|Playoffs4 8 210
 2016-2017 Bishop's College School Prep U16PSHF U164 0 00 0|