Nick Merkley

Arizona Coyotes
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Fantasy Summary

Merkley is an undersized highly energetic playmaking pivot who projects as a middle-six centerman at the next level.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 9
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth May 23, 1997
Height 5‘10”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 1; Overall: 30

Observations

Observations:

March 2018- The Coyotes announced that Merkley will miss the remainder of this season with a lower-body injury. He was hurt in a game on March 20th and the injury is suspected to be to his right knee. It’s a tough blow to Merkley who was having himself an excellent rookie pro season, racking up 39 points in 38 games for Tucson and also the AHL team who lost one of their best players right before the playoff’s. The injury isn’t expected to have any long term impacts and Merkley should be contending for a roster spot with the Coyotes in 2018-19. Keith Duggan

March 2018- After missing Tucson’s previous 11 games with an upper body injury and 16 of the last 17, (he did play in the AHL All-Star Game though) Merkley returned this past weekend, showing no rust to his game at all. He racked up two assists in three games, finding instant chemistry with Dylan Strome once again. After an unheralded start to the 2017-18 season, Merkley looks to be right behind Strome as the Coyotes top prospect right now. Keith Duggan

December 2017- The Coyotes have recalled Merkley from the AHL. He currently ranks second in goals and third in points among AHL rookies with 12 and 24 and has at least a point in 14 of his 20 games. While playing very well Merkley is still showing his fiesty side as he was just returning from a two game suspension, a consequence of a high-sticking incident in a game at Stockton on Dec. 9. Keith Duggan

November 2017- Merkley has gotten off to an excellent start to his pro career, racking up eight goals and 13 points in 11 games so far for Tucson of the AHL. He’s found instant chemistry on a line with fellow 2015 first-round pick Dylan Strome and has six points in his last three games. Strome recently posted a picture to Instagram of him and Merkley fist-bumping with the caption, “Brother”. His 1.18 points per game is currently second among AHL rookies, trailing only Strome. Keith Duggan

October 2017- Merkley will begin his pro career with Tucson of the AHL. He had an strong rookie camp with the Coyotes but struggled during the main camp, being held scoreless in two preseason games. Merkley is off to a good start picking up an assist in Tucson’s opening night game. Keith Duggan

July 2017- Returning to the WHL, Merkley got off to a slow start which wasn’t unexpected after missing a good chunk of 2015-16 season to a ACL injury. He put up five points in his first 10 games with Kelowna but as the season progressed so did his game. Merkley scored 58 points in his final 53 games, along with six goals and 19 points in 17 playoff games. He also showed his feistiness once again racking up 73 penalty minutes. With so many excellent prospects for the Coyotes, Merkley won’t be rushed to the NHL and most likely spends 2017-18 in the AHL learning the pro game. Keith Duggan

October 2016- After spending about six months recovering and rehabbing from ACL surgery, Nick Merkley returned to the ice for the Coyotes main training camp, appearing in two preseason games before being returned to the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. The Rockets, who have scored just nine goals in five games(1-4-0) this season, no doubt welcome the return of Merkley, who has 196 points in 182 career games in the WHL. Keith Duggan

February 2016- On 2/16, it was announced that Nick Merkley will miss the rest of the 2015/16 season and WHL playoff’s after suffering a torn ACL as a result of a collision in a game on Feb. 5 against the Spokane Chiefs. Even though Merkley wasn’t having as strong of a season as last year, it’s still a big loss for the Kelowna Rockets, who are having an excellent season and are eying a run at the Memorial Cup. Merkley finished the year with 17 goals and 48 points in 43 games. Keith Duggan

November 2015- Nick Merkley has been named the WHL Player of the Week for week ending November 8th. He recorded eight points, four goals/four assists, in three games to help the Kelowna Rockets post a 3-0 record. Merkley has started the season slowly offensively but this latest hot streak has him at 17 points in 15 games and should be the start of good things to come. Keith Duggan

September 2015- After the Arizona Coyotes announced Nick Merkley will miss two weeks with a collarbone injury suffered during a rookie game against the LA Kings, guaranteeing he would miss the main camp, the young forward was returned his junior club the Kelowna Rockets. Some positive news though, before the rookie camp opened, Merkley was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract. While a tough break for Merkley to miss the Coyotes main camp, look for him to have a big season in the WHL. Keith Duggan

June 2015 – The Arizona Coyotes used the final pick in the first round to select assist machine Nick Merkley 30th overall. Brendan Ross

February 2015 – In the mold of a true playmaker, Nick Merkley’s vision, anticipation and imaginative passing abilities are in the top echelon of the draft. Kelowna’s top scoring forward is a very good skater with elusive puck skills and he’s shown to be one of the WHL’s most consistent producers. Blessed with a fantastic motor and relentless work ethic, Merkley has the ability to push the pace of the game and force turnovers on the attack. He doesn’t shy away from traffic and engages physically with one focus on his mind – getting possession of the puck. At times, he overcomplicates the game but his competitive nature and playmaking abilities will ensure he becomes a first round selection. Merkley’s 16 goals and 70 points in 51 games with Kelowna has him ranked among the WHL’s top scorers.Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA AMBHL 31 16 18 34 20 |          
 2011-2012 Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA AMBHL 32 41 32 73 42 | Playoffs 9 9 4 13 14 
  Team Calgary South Alberta Cup 5 5 3 8 4 |          
  Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA John Reid Bantam 5 6 4 10 12 |          
 2012-2013 Calgary Buffaloes Midget AAA AMHL 30 14 19 33 95 | Playoffs 11 4 6 10 16 
  Team Alberta WCCC-16 3 1 6 7 - |          
  Kelowna Rockets WHL 1 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 7 0 3 3
 2013-2014 Kelowna Rockets WHL 66 25 33 58 46 | Playoffs 14 4 13 17 12 
  Canada Pacific U17 WHC-17 6 2 3 5 14 |          
 2014-2015 Team White U18-Dev 3 0 1 1 6 |          
  Kelowna Rockets WHL 72 20 70 90 79 | Playoffs 19 5 22 27 18 
  Canada U18 Hlinka Memorial 5 0 4 4 8 |          
  Kelowna Rockets M-Cup 5 3 2 5 14 |          
 2015-2016 Kelowna Rockets WHL 43 17 31 48 44 |          
  WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Kelowna Rockets WHL 63 23 40 63 73 | Playoffs 17 6 13 19 22 
  WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 3 3 0 |          
 2017-2018 Arizona Coyotes NHL 1 0 0 0 2 |          
  Tucson Roadrunners AHL 38 18 21 39 22 |          
 2018-2019 Arizona Coyotes NHL - - - - - |          

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