Devils D Merrill leaves 1st NHL game with injury
New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill has left his first NHL
game after sliding hard into the boards in the first period.
Merrill was skating into the corner to the right of Devils
goaltender Cory Schneider when he was tripped up by Minnesota’s
Torrey Mitchell. He went into the boards facefirst, and it looked
as if he sustained at least one cut on his face.
With blood on the ice, Merrill looked wobbly as he was helped to
the locker room Sunday night. The team said he had lacerations on
his face and would not return.
A 2010 second-round draft choice, Merrill played college hockey
at the University of Michigan.