Middle-six center with a moderate offensive ceiling. Has great hands and vision. Not sure if he can handle the physicality of professional hockey. Needs to go to the high traffic areas more to reach his full potential. Won’t provide much in terms of peripherals. Good for points only leagues where you can stand the risk for a modest reward.
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May 2022 – Merkulov is an undrafted, slightly undersized Russian who excelled in his first and only NCAA season in 2021-22. He led the Ohio State Buckeyes in points with 20 goals and 34 points in 36 games. The Bruins signed him after his NCAA season, and he promptly scored five points in eight AHL games, suggesting he can translate his game to the professional level. Merkulov is a good skating center who sees the ice well and can create with his passing. He is willing to try high danger passes and can finish when given the opportunity. He isn’t weak defensively, but I doubt he can earn a checking role in the NHL, limiting his opportunity at the next level. He is also prone to getting outmuscled, which could further limit his effectiveness. If he can click with the right linemates and carve out an offensive role, 50 points is not unreasonable, but that is probably his upside. Victor Nuño
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|CSKA Moskva U16||Russia U16 Finals||6||3||4||7||4||||
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