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The Detroit Sports Site:
Jon Merrill has opted to forego his final season at the University of Michigan to sign with the New Jersey Devils, the team that selected him No. 38 overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. This per TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Wednesday morning.
Merrill will report to the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany for the remainder of the season, then presumably will have a shot to crack the NHL roster starting with training camp prior to the 2013-14 year.
But Merrill likely will not be the only Michigan defensemen heading out of Ann Arbor.
Jon Merrill has left the University of Michigan and will go to Albany (AHL). Hearing Jacob Trouba will also announce he’s leaving Michigan.
— Andrew Weiss (@WeissFC) March 27, 2013
Trouba’s rights are owned by the Winnipeg Jets, who had several scouts in attendance at Joe Louis Arena over the weekend, as Michigan competed in the CCHA tournament semifinals and finals. The Wolverines’ loss in the championship game to Notre Dame eliminated them from NCAA Tournament contention, breaking a 23-year run.
Trouba almost certainly would follow a similar path to Merrill — signing, then joining Winnipeg’s AHL team.
The losses would be huge blows to Michigan’s chances to bounce back next year, despite the returns of several other defensemen and a solid recruiting class.
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University of Michigan defenseman Jon Merrill, a New Jersey Devils draft pick, and Jacob Trouba, a draft pick of the Jets, must decide in the near future if they’ll jump ship from Ann Arbor to begin their pro careers.
From TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
WPG prospect Jacob Trouba, the Univ of Michigan D whose NCAA season ended Sun, taking a couple of days to decide if he should turn pro...
New Jersey Devils top prospect, Jon Merrill, has made his decision.
The 21-year-old defenseman decided to turn pro and has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Devils. Merrill's contract kicks in at the start of the 2013-14 season.
Merrill also signed an amateur tryout and will report to Albany for the remainder of the season, according to Bob McKenzie.
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