2018 NHL Entry Draft Prospect

Ryan Merkley


Current Team: Guelph Storm (OHL)

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Vital Statistics

Position: D • Height: 5-11 • Weight: 164 • Shoots: Right
Birthdate: Aug. 14, 2000 • Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (Ont. Ban./Mid. AAA/OJHL)
OHL Priority Selection: 2016 by Guelph (Round 1, No. 1 Overall)
OHL Debut: Sept. 23, 2016 (Guelph vs. Sagnaw)
First OHL Goal: Oct. 10, 2016 (Guelph at Kitchener)

On Team Canada for Under-17 Challenge
Game Often Compared to Ryan Murphy's
Chosen No. 1 Overall in OHL's 2016 Draft

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "Has plenty of flash and dash, collecting 55 points in an exciting OHL rookie season. As his minus-41 mark will attest, there is still work to do on the defensive end. If that comes, he may be a top-five consideration." (Recrutes.ca 2017 Draft Guide)

• " When he's on his game, he shows the rare ability to control the play around him as a blueliner. Too often I saw him try to make near impossible plays when he didn't need to and had a "me first" attitude that is always very frustrating. ... If he can keep his focus regularly ... he could be an outstanding NHL prospect." (Ryan Yessie, Scout, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Has all the skills to be a highly talented player at the NHL level. Unfortunately, he also has a lengthy list of concerns that need to be addressed in order to make NHL teams more confident about his long-term upside. His skating, puck skills, and shot are all fantastic, but his defensive ability and individuality ... are all concerns moving forward." (HockeyProspect.com Black Book)