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March 22, 2020 01:44 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Steady low-end contributor
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Merrill generated two goals, five assists and a plus-9 rating through 49 games prior to the season's suspension.

A well-rounded blueliner, Merill is capable of chipping in on both ends of the ice, as he's also produced 51 hits and 71 blocked shots as part of the 2019-20 campaign. Vegas acquiring Alec Martinez at the trade deadline cut into Merrill's opportunities, but the latter can be relied upon in a pinch if the NHL campaign ultimately resumes.

February 14, 2020 02:40 AM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Sets up game-tying goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill registered an assist, two hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 6-5 overtime win over the Blues.

Merrill's been on a surge (by his standards) with three points in his last four games. The 28-year-old has seven points, 68 blocks, 47 hits and 26 PIM through 45 contests -- he doesn't typically produce enough offense to earn fantasy attention.

February 9, 2020 02:24 AM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Gets second goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill buried a goal on two shots and went plus-2 in Saturday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Hurricanes.

Merrill converted on a William Carrier pass just 1:09 after Max Pacioretty's opening tally in the first period. Playing time has been inconsistent for Merrill lately -- he's appeared in only seven of the Golden Knights' 14 games since the start of January. For the year, the defenseman has six points, 64 blocked shots, 45 hits and 24 PIM in 44 contests.

January 3, 2020 02:40 AM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Tallies first goal of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill potted a goal in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Flyers.

Merrill is typically more of a defensive player -- his goal is just his fourth point in 37 outings this season. The 27-year-old also has 56 blocked shots, 38 hits and 20 PIM. It's safe to leave Merrill off of fantasy rosters, as he's not likely to go on a scoring binge anytime soon.

December 5, 2019 11:40 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Generates helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill set up a goal in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders.

Merill went 18 straight games without recording a point before snapping the cold spell Thursday. There's nothing in his profile to suggest that he'll suddenly become a viable fantasy option, but Merrill is seeing enough ice time with surging power forward Alex Tuch to raise some eyebrows in the short term.

November 18, 2019 10:20 AM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Chippy in commanding win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill recorded a pair of hits and a game-high four blocked shots in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Flames.

Merrill asserted himself well in this blowout loss, with his aggressive showing punctuated by a two-minute roughing penalty. The depth defenseman still hasn't recorded a point in close to a month, but he clearly makes an impact in other ways.

November 10, 2019 09:00 AM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Shown up by Caps
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill struggled with a minus-2 rating and four PIM in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Capitals.

The Golden Knights lacked discipline in this contest, as the floundering Western Conference club committed seven penalties, including hooking and slashing minors from Merrill. From a fantasy perspective, the left defenseman can't be trusted; two points comprise his point total through 18 games.

October 3, 2019 01:04 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Active in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill managed four shots in Wednesday's 4-1 home win over the Sharks to open the season.

Merrill misfired each time, but it was good to see him so active in the attacking zone after registering a career-high 15 points and 72 shots with Vegas last year. The Oklahoman saw 23:19 of ice time, as he was needed for extra shifts following an apparent knee injury to Nate Schmidt.

March 28, 2019 02:12 AM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Hits 15-point mark
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill registered an assist and went plus-3 in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Avalanche.

Overall, a solid night for the third-pairing defender, which should keep him in coach Gerard Gallant's good graces. Merrill has a career-high 15 points in 53 games this season, but with only modest totals in peripheral stats (66 hits, 69 each of shots and blocked shots), he doesn't warrant much fantasy attention.

March 22, 2019 10:52 AM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Matches career high for points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill registered an assist and went plus-4 in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Jets.

The helper gives Merrill 14 points in 50 games, matching his output from 2014-15, which he achieved in 66 appearances. Merilll has added 51 PIM, 63 hits, 68 blocked shots and 67 shots on goal, but all of those modest totals don't add up to much in the way of fantasy value.

March 10, 2019 03:08 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Notches apple in blowout win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill dished a helper and went plus-4 in Saturday's 6-2 pummeling of the Canucks.

Merrill's assists helped him pull within a point of his career high of 14 (three goals, 10 assists in 46 games this season). The defenseman also saw his plus-minus rise to plus-10 for the year. He's more of a stay-at-home blueliner, which makes his fantasy appeal highly limited even in a career year.

March 1, 2019 01:20 AM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Earns pair of points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill scored his third goal of the season and added an assist in a 6-5 shootout with over the Panthers on Thursday.

Merrill is not known for his offense, but he played a key role in Thursday's contest. He added four shots and three hits in a strong game all around. Merrill has found his touch on offense in February, with seven points in 13 games accounting for over half of his season production of 12 points. His career high is 14 points, set in 66 games in 2014-15. It's not likely that he continues his recent hot run.

January 24, 2019 11:12 AM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Tallies four shots
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill recorded four shots, four PIM and two blocks versus Vegas on Wednesday.

Merrill -- who served as a healthy scratch for the previous two games -- logged 16:59 of ice time and even got a look on the power play for 36 seconds. The Oklahoma City native will likely bounce in and out of the lineup throughout the rest of the season. Without a regular spot on the blue line, the 26-year-old won't offer much fantasy value.

November 6, 2018 06:44 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Re-enters lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill will play Tuesday versus the Maple Leafs.

Merrill was a healthy scratch in the previous two games, but Derek Engelland (personal) is out so he'll slot back in. The 26-year-old has just one assist through 12 games and will work in the bottom pairing. He can be safely avoided in the fantasy realm.

September 4, 2018 03:56 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Role may be substantial early on
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merill could be in line for an increased role to start the 2018-19 season, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Merrill's expected uptick in playing time is not based purely on merit, as the Golden Knights are left scrambling to find a replacement for Nate Schmidt, who fashioned a career-high 36 points in 76 games last year but was hit with a 20-game ban for violating the NHL's anti-drug policy Sunday. Brad Hunt is also a candidate for an increased role on Vegas' blue line.

February 21, 2018 04:52 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Back in action Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill (undisclosed) was activated from injured reserve and is slated to return to the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with Calgary, reports.

The former Michigan Wolverine will be suiting up for the first time since Jan. 4, having missed 20 games while recovering his health. With just a single goal and assist in 14 contests, Merrill doesn't typically offer much from a fantasy standpoint, though partnering with the offensive-minded Colin Miller -- as he's projected to do Wednesday -- could provide a spark to Merrill's attacking play.

February 17, 2018 07:12 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Unavailable Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill (undisclosed) was not among the players listed for Saturday's matchup with Montreal, per

Merrill -- who remains on injured reserve -- is reportedly close to returning to action, but with the reintroduction of Luca Sbisa (hand) to the lineup, there was no reason to rush Merrill back into action. Considering the 25-year-old has served as a healthy scratch periodically, there is no guarantee he will slot back into the lineup even once given the all-clear.

February 16, 2018 09:36 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Could return Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill (undisclosed) is close to rejoining the lineup and could even return Saturday against the Canadiens, Jesse Granger of the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Merrill returned to full practice Thursday for the first time since Jan. 4, and coach Gerard Gallant suggested after the session that he was very close to a return. Merrill's return shouldn't draw the attention of many fantasy owners regardless of when it occurs.

February 15, 2018 04:28 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Full-contact participant Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill (undisclosed) practiced in a regular jersey Thursday for the first time since suffering the injury Jan. 4 against the Blues, Steve Carp reports.

Coach Gerard Gallant relayed after Thursday's practice session that Merrill is very close to rejoining the lineup, though he seems destined to miss Thursday's matchup versus the Oilers. Merrill will likely require another practice or two under his belt, given his extended layoff, but that shouldn't take very long if he avoids a setback. In any event, the team will need to announce his activation off injured reserve before a return is a possibility.

February 13, 2018 03:32 PM
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Skates without contact
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrill (undisclosed) participated in morning skate while wearing a non-contact jersey Tuesday, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Merrill remains on injured reserve with a malady that surfaced in early January. The American rearguard is more of a shutdown type, as he's only tallied 38 points (seven goals, 31 assists) through 230 career contests -- primarily with the Devils -- so fantasy owners can safely pass over him in the majority of formats.

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