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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