Merkley was waived by the Devils on Monday, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.
This move comes a mild surprise, as Merkley was expected to make the team out of camp after registering a goal and an assist in a four-game cup of coffee with New Jersey last season. Acquired from Arizona as part of the return in the Taylor Hall trade last season, Merkley will look to earn a promotion to the NHL with a strong start to his minor-league campaign. The 2015 first-round pick has scored at least 34 points in all three of his AHL seasons, though his rookie totals of 18 goals and 39 points in 38 games at that level still represent Merkley's high-water marks.
Merkley's loan deal with Assat (Finland) has come to an end, and he will head back to North America ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.
Merkley played in just four NHL games for the Devils last year, recording one goal on eight shots, one assist and nine hits. The 23-year-old center should compete for a roster spot during training camp but may not avoid spending some time in the minors with AHL Belleville. As such, he likely won't have a ton of value outside of deeper dynasty formats.
Merkley signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Devils on Wednesday.
Merkley will begin the 2020-21 campaign with Assat of Finland's Liiga before returning to North America for New Jersey's training camp. The 23-year-old winger spent the majority of the 2019-20 season with the Devils' AHL affiliate, notching 19 points in 28 contesets, but he also made four appearances with the big club, picking up two points over that span. He'll likely have a similar role next season, so don't expect him to be a useful fantasy option.
Merkley was reassigned to AHL Binghamton on Monday.
Merkley registered one goal and one helper during his four-game stint in the NHL. With the Devils potentially still selling pieces off prior to Monday's trade deadline, Merkley could find himself back in the NHL before long, perhaps even in time to suit up versus Detroit on Tuesday.
Merkley (face) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Capitals, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Merkley missed Thursday's win over San Jose due to a facial laceration, but he'll tough it out against Washington. The 22-year-old rookie, who's picked up two points in three games this campaign, is expected to skate on the Devils' third line Saturday.
Merkley (face) was at the game-day skate Thursday but will not be in the lineup versus San Jose, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
In three games since a mid-February call-up, Merkley has notched one goal, one assist and six shots while averaging 11:26 of ice time. Including Merkley as part of the Taylor Hall deal appears to already be paying dividends for the Devils. Heading into the 2020-21 campaign, the 22-year-old should be a mainstay on the 23-man roster.
Merkley was cut by a high stick and forced to exit Tuesday's game against the Blues, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
The Blues' Robert Thomas cut Merkley's face with a high stick early in the third period, forcing the 22-year-old winger to go to the locker room for repairs. Merkley had two hits, a shot and two PIM in 10:15 prior to his injury. His status should be addressed prior to Thursday's game against the Sharks. Per Stein, Merkley needed stitches above his eye but seemed to be okay after the game.
Merkley scored a goal on two shots and provided four hits in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over Columbus.
Merkley knocked home a Kevin Rooney rebound early in the second period for his first NHL goal. The 22-year-old, who was recalled from AHL Binghamton on Thursday, has hit the scoresheet in each of his first three games, providing a goal and two assists. A first-round pick of Arizona in 2015, Merkley could get an extended look with the Devils beginning to move veterans out prior to the trade deadline.
Merkley provided an assist, three shots on goal and two hits in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
Merkley's debut with the Devils saw him notch his first NHL point, after he was part of the return for Taylor Hall in a December trade. The 22-year-old, a first-round pick of the Coyotes in 2015, has 18 points in 21 appearances with AHL Binghamton this year. He could be on his way back to the minors when Nico Hischier (knee) returns, which could be as soon as Sunday.
The Devils recalled Merkley from AHL Binghamton on Thursday.
Merkley has compiled an impressive AHL resume since the Devils acquired him from the Coyotes in mid-December, racking up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) over 21 games. The 2015 first-round pick could draw into just his second career game in the coming days, though Nico Hischier (knee) could travel with the team to Carolina on Friday. In any event, there's little at this juncture to suggest he's headed for a major contributing role out of the gates.
Merkley picked up a pair of assists in AHL Binghamton's 5-2 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.
Merkley finished with a game-high seven shots on goal for good measure. Acquired from Arizona in the trade that shipped Taylor Hall to the desert in December, Merkley now has eight points in his first 10 games with Binghamton. Expect Merkley to spend a significant chunk of the second half of the season in the NHL given the fact New Jersey isn't competing for a playoff spot.
The Coyotes packaged Merkley in a trade to New Jersey in exchange for Taylor Hall and Blake Speers, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
The Devils also received a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 conditional third-round pick, Nate Schnarr and Kevin Bahl. Merkley was a first-round pick (30th overall) by the Coyotes in 2015, but he's only played in one NHL game during his tenure. The 22-year-old winger has accrued 31 goals and 89 points over 109 games with AHL Tucson. Merkley is expected to report to AHL Binghamton.
Merkley (knee) has been activated off non-roster injured reserve and will join AHL Tucson, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Merkley figures to spend the bulk of the season in the minors, but could be in line for a call-up from the Coyotes once he gets his legs back under him. Last year with the Roadrunners, the 2015 first-round pick racked up 39 points in 38 games before going down with a knee injury.
Merkley (knee) has resumed practice with the Coyotes, with his return timetable upgraded to week-to-week status, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
The Coyotes had little choice but to designate Merkley as an injured non-roster player to start the season. Lauded for his hockey smarts and rigid work ethic, the Alberta native is still without a concrete timetable for a return, but Catherine Silverman of The Athletic adds that Merkley has resumed skating and taking part in non-contact drills. He's clearly progressing, but there's no need for fantasy owners to pick him up as long as he remains out indefinitely.
Merkley (knee) will be on non-roster injured reserve to start the season, according to the NHL's official media site.
The Coyotes will be eager to get Merkley back into playing shape. As a first-round (30th overall) pick from the 2015 draft, the versatile center has maintained greater than a point-per-game pace with AHL Tucson, which is where he'll likely end up once given the green light from team doctors to play again.
According to coach Rick Tocchet, Merkley (knee) still hasn't been cleared for contact, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Merkley missed all of training camp due to a knee injury, and evidently still hasn't been cleared to return to practice as a full participant. Once healthy, the 21-year-old pivot will almost certainly be assigned to Arizona's AHL affiliate, where he'll likely spend most of the campaign.
Merkley is dealing with a knee injury that could cause him to miss some (or all) of training camp, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
The team was unable to provide a specific timeline for when Merkley might be ready to go, as it is awaiting the results of camp physicals for more information. Even if the center is healthy, he will struggle to earn a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night and more likely will begin the year in the minors.
Merkley was reassigned to AHL Tuscon on Saturday.
There's almost no way that this is the last we'll see from Merkley in the NHL this season. Arizona's last in the league standings and it's probably only a matter of time before the majority of the parent club roster is flush with prospects. Drafted by the 'Yotes with the 30th overall pick in 2015, Merkley will look to build upon his 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 20 games with the Roadrunners.
The Coyotes recalled Merkley from AHL Tuscon on Friday.
Merkley has been extremely productive in the minors this season, racking up 12 goals and 24 points in 20 games. so the Coyotes are clearly interested in seeing if he can translate that success to the next level. The 20-year-old winger's first chance to make his NHL debut will come Saturday against the Penguins.
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