Fantasy Summary

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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April 2023 – Merkulov was a stellar free agent signing out of Ohio State in his first professional season, leading Providence with 24 goals and 31 assists in 67 games. He was named to the AHL all-rookie team, playing a big part in Providence’s first overall ranking in the Atlantic Division. After a tough few years of drafting for the Bruins front office, being placed among one of the worst prospect pools in the NHL, the Bruins must make savvy acquisitions to improve their depth. Merkulov is a start to rebuilding the prospect pool, as he promises to be a big offensive piece in the retooling of the NHL team as their long-time core starts to leave the team in the next few seasons. If Merkulov can continue to put up points when he jumps to the big club, he would be a good fantasy option if he gets playing time with the remaining offensive talent in the Bruin’s top lines. Nate Duffett

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

Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country RUS
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 10, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 CSKA Moskva U16Russia U1635 17 2037 12|        
  CSKA Moskva U16Russia U16 Finals6 3 47 4|        
  Team Moskva U16Districts Cup U166 6 28 2|        
 2016-2017 CSKA Moskva U17Russia U1723 10 1424 4|        
  CSKA Moskva U18Russia U1813 5 49 6|        
 2017-2018 Kapitan StupinoMHL34 4 913 18|        
 2018-2019 Kapitan StupinoMHL64 22 2446 18|        
 2019-2020 HK TambovVHL6 0 00 0|        
  Kapitan StupinoMHL10 1 12 6|        
  Youngstown PhantomsUSHL36 6 2733 4|        
 2020-2021 Youngstown PhantomsUSHL38 14 2640 14|        
 2021-2022 Ohio State Univ.NCAA36 20 1434 10|        
  Providence BruinsAHL8 1 45 8|Playoffs1 0 00
 2022-2023 Providence BruinsAHL67 24 3155 26|Playoffs4 0 11
 2023-2024 Boston BruinsNHL4 0 00 0|        
  Providence BruinsAHL63 26 3460 18|