• Devils' Merrill To Miss Finale

    News: Jon Merrill (leg) will not play in Saturday's game against the Panthers, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
    Analysis: The Devils were quick to rule Jon Merrill out after he was unable to take part in Saturday's morning skate, resulting in the blueliner missing his second straight game. Merrill will finish the season with two goals, 14 points, and a minus-14 rating over 66 games.
  • New Jersey's Merrill Sidelined

    News: Jon Merrill -- who was hit in the leg by a shot Tuesday -- won't play Thursday against the Lightning, nj.com reports.
    Analysis: With fellow defender Eric Gelinas also out, the Devils recalled Raman Hrabarenka and Seth Helgeson from AHL Albany in advavnce of Thursday's contest. Jon Merrill was seen walking with a limp at Thursday's morning skate, casting doubt on his status for Saturday's season finale against the Panthers.
  • Devils' Merrill Breaks Point Skid

    News: Jon Merrill assisted on Reid Boucher's second-period goal in Friday's shootout win over the Canadiens.
    Analysis: After going all of March without recording a point, Jon Merrill finally got back on the board with the helper. The 23-year-old is viewed as a valuable long-term asset on the Devils' blue line, but he's yet to find much success offensively in the NHL. Over 116 career games with the Devils, Merrill has accrued four goals and 21 assists.
  • Devils' Merrill Assists In Win

    News: Jon Merrill captured an assist in Monday's 3-0 win over the Coyotes.
    Analysis: It's just the third point in his last 13 games. The former University of Michigan product has held down a regular role with the big club all season and is averaging 21:19 of ice time per contest, but it hasn't translated to much scoring yet.
  • Devils' Merrill Assists In Win

    News: Jon Merrill notched an assist and two PIM in Monday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
    Analysis: Though he was limited to just 14:16 of ice time (over seven minutes less than his season average), Jon Merrill still managed to deliver his second point in three games. The 22-year-old remains a foundational player for the Devils' future, but his 10 points and minus-9 rating over 33 games aren't of much use to fantasy owners at this time.
  • Devils' Merrill Gets Assist, Goes Plus-2

    News: Jon Merrill picked up an assist and went plus-2 in Monday's win over the Penguins.
    Analysis: Jon Merrill has just four points in his 13 games since returning from an arm injury that knocked him out for a month. The young blueliner isn't yet an adept scorer that needs to be universally-owned in fantasy leagues, but he should provide moderate point totals while holding down a top-four spot on defense for the Devils.
  • Strong Return For Devils' Merrill

    News: Jon Merrill tallied a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
    Analysis: In his first game back from IR due to a hand/arm injury, Jon Merrill looked like he'd never left. He skated 18:36 and laid five hits. Feel free to redeploy him as you would in deeper formats -- he's got a respectable six points in 12 games this year, though we'd like to see him shoot more.
  • Devils' Merrill Will Play Thursday

    News: Jon Merrill (arm) will be activated from IR in advance of Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports.
    Analysis: Jon Merrill will suit up Thursday for the first time since Nov. 1, and should be on track to see his usual 20-plus minutes of ice time. He will replace Adam Larsson, who will sit out due to the flu.
  • Devils' Merrill Cleared To Play

    News: Jon Merrill (arm) has been cleared to play, Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reports.
    Analysis: The blueliner has recorded a goal and three assists in 11 games this season, and could return to the lineup Tuesday against the Penguins.
  • Devils' Merrill To Practice Monday

    News: Jon Merrill (arm) will resume practicing Monday.
    Analysis: Jon Merrill has not been cleared for practice just yet, but GM Lou Lamoriello expects that to happen "any day now." It's not clear how much practice time Merrill will need before being declared ready for game action, but there's a chance he could suit up at some point next week.