At Michigan ... 25 points in 2010-11 are tied for fourth-best by a freshman defenseman ... Seven goals in 2010-11 are sixth-best total by a freshman defenseman ... 18 assists in 2010-11 are tied for seventh-best by a freshman defenseman.
Junior (2012-13) ... Had two assists U-M's CCHA tournament semi-final victory over Miami on 3/23 ...Tallied his second goal on the season on 3/8 vs. NMU ... Recorded a career-high three assists on 2/23 at OSU ... Scored his first goal of the season on 2/8 at ND ...Tallied one assist on 1/18 at LSSU ... Has points in back-to-back games (2a) ... Earned his first point of the season (1a) on 1/11 vs. UAF ... Made his regular-season debut on 1/8 vs. BG ... Missed 19 games with a fractured vertebrae in his neck ... Recipient of the Jeffrey E. Cappo Hockey Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Sophomore (2011-12) ... Earned 11 points (2g, 9a) in 19 games as a sophomore ... Posted four multiple-point games ... Scored a goal in the CCHA semifinals on 3/16 vs. Bowling Green for his first career playoff tally ... Scored his first goal of the season 2/18 vs. Northern Michigan ... Registered points in a season-high three consecutive games (1g, 3a) from 2/11-2/18, including a season-high tying two assists on 2/17 vs. Northern Michigan ... Recorded two assists on 2/3 vs. Miami ... Tied a career-high with two assists on 1/13 at Ohio State ... Tallied two assists and a season-high plus-3 rating in his first game of the season on 1/6 vs. Lake Superior ... Missed the first 22 games of the season due to suspension (violation of team rules) ... Recipient of the Red Berenson Scholarship for Ice Hockey and the Dekers Club Scholarship for Men's Ice Hockey.
Freshman (2010-11) ... Helped Michigan win CCHA regular season championship and reach the NCAA Frozen Four title game ... All-U.S. College Hockey Online second team ... Inside College Hockey All-Freshman Team ... NCAA All-Frozen Four ... Finalist for CCHA Rookie of the Year, Best Offensive Defenseman and Best Defensive Defenseman ... Named to the All-CCHA second team and CCHA All-Rookie team ... First U-M freshman defensemen to register 20 points in a season since Jack Johnson in 2005-06 ... First among U-M defensemen in points (25), assists (18) and blocks (70) ... Tied for first among CCHA defensemen in scoring (7-12-19) in 28 conference games ... Named first star and registered two goals, including first career game-winner, in The Big Chill at the Big House vs. Michigan State (Dec. 11) ...Scored first career goal at Bowling Green (Oct. 9) and registered first multi-point game (1-1-2) ... Made career debut and tallied first career point, assist vs. Mercyhurst (Oct. 2) ... Recipient of the Mickey and Wally Grant Scholarship for Men's Ice Hockey and the Vic Heyliger Scholarship for Men's Ice Hockey.
Junior Team ... Skated with the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2008-10 ... Played in 47 games for the U.S. NTDP Under-18 Team during the 2009-10 season ... Scored five goals and had 25 assists and accumulated just 14 penalty minutes ... Had an assist in two games with the U.S. Under-17 Team ... Split time between the U.S. Under-17 and Under-18 Teams in 2008-09, contributing three goals and five assists over 43 games between the two squads. 4 goals -- all on the power play -- and 10 assists with eight penalty minutes occurred in 22 games with the Under-18 team ... Teammate of fellow incoming freshmen Kevin Clare and Luke Moffatt during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
National/International ... Won a bronze medal with Team USA at 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York; posted one goal and four assist in six games; named one of top three members on U.S. team by the coaching staff ... In seven games at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Belarus, Merrill had one assist in seven games and was chosen as one of the three best players on Team USA as selected by the coaches ... Also a member of the Team USA squad that won gold at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship ... Second place at 2010 Six Nations Cup ... First Place at 2009 Four Nations Cup ... First place at 2009 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament.
Personal ... Enrolled in the School of Literature Science and the Arts, undecided on major ... Graduated from Pioneer High School ... Drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round (38th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Merrill's Career Highlights
Point Superlatives Game: 3, 2/23/13 at Ohio State (3a) Multi-Point Games: 10 (2012-13 - 1; 2011-12 - 4; 2010-11 - 5) Streak: 3 games (5x), last - 1/11/13-1/18/13 (3a) First: 10/2/2010 vs. Mercyhurst (1a)
Goal Superlatives Game: 2 (12/11/2010 vs. Michigan State - Big Chill at the Big House) Multi-Goal Games: 1 (2010-2011 - 1) Streak: 2 games, 1/21/2011-1/22/2011 (2g) Game Winners: 1 (2010-11 - 1) First: 10/9/2010 at Bowling Green
Assist Superlatives Game: 3, 2/23/13 at Ohio State Multi-Assist Games: 7 (2012-13 - 1; 2011-12 - 4; 2010-11 - 2) Streak: 3 games (2x), last - 10/23/10-10/30/10 (3a) First: 10/9/2010 vs. Mercyhurst