2018 NHL Entry Draft Prospect

Merrick Rippon

MERRICK RIPPONCanada

Current Team: Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)

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Vital Statistics

Position: D • Height: 6-1 • Weight: 191 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: April 27, 2000 • Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous: Ottawa Jr. 67's (Ont. Ban.); Ottawa Jr. Senators (Mid./CCHL)
OHL Priority Selection: 2016 by  Kitchener (Round 2, No. 36 Overall)
CCHL Bantam Draft: 2015 by Ottawa (Round 1, No. 10 Overall)
CCHL Debut: Dec. 6, 2015 (Ottawa at Nepean)
First CCHL Goal: March 30, 2016 (Ottawa vs. Hawkesbury) (playoffs)

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Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "The 2016-17 CCHL Rookie of the Year was a force on the Jr. Senators blueline by the playoffs, finishing second among all defenceman in playoff scoring while displaying a solid all-around game." (Recrutes.ca 2017 Draft Guide)

• "Excellent two-way defensemen. ...was named finalist for the CJHL Top Rookie award. He is a good-sized defensemen with really good skating ability, whether it's skating forward with the puck or transitioning backwards. He has a very good skating stride as well. Merrick has a very good and hard first pass coming out of the zone. He is also a very smart offensive defensemen that generated 33 points in 56 games from the blue line in his rookie year. Merrick sees the ice very well and has a high hockey IQ. His head is always up and he makes the right play." (HockeyProspect.com Black Book)