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Sharks 2018 first-rounder rumoured to be on the move again

august 18, 2019
At least two accounts on Twitter are saying that the San Jose Sharks first-round pick in 2018 is likely to change OHL teams once again, adding the Peterborough Petes aren't interested in starting the new season with Ryan Merkley in the line-up.



While the 19-year-old defenseman appears to have amazing talent (he was once ranked right behind Rasmus Dahlin as the 2nd best blueliner in the 2018 draft), the major issue with Merkley seems to be attitude and maturity; or a lack of it. In this article, written in 2018 by Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet, he states:

Honestly, viewed from afar, his greatest fault seems to be immaturity. And not immaturity by average teenager standards – but immaturity in the context of the alternate-universe world of elite sports, in which NHL prospects who are just finishing high school are as prepared for draft interviews as courtroom lawyers and are sometimes better dressed.


Merkley had publicly argued with his coach during the previous season while playing with the Guelph Storm, something he was sent back to the dressing room for, and was suspended three games for a dangerous and undisciplined, two-handed slash at an opponent who had whacked him on the hand. Merkley recorded 5 goals and 39 points in just 28 games to start the 2018–19 season before getting traded to the Peterborough Petes in exchange for Pavel Gogolev and five draft picks on December 14, 2018. The haul accumulated by the Storm for Merkley's services is a good indication of just how talented he is. Yet, it appears the Petes are also looking to break ties with him, leading one to wonder whether his maturity level is improving. It's also worth mentioning that even though the Storm were willing to part ways with Merkley despite his hot start to the season, Guelph went on to win the OHL championship that season.

FEBRUARY 27, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
DOMINIK KUBALIK
3 - 3
BOBBY RYAN
3 - 3
MATT DUMBA
2 1 3
RYAN STROME
2 1 3
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 2 3
KEVIN FIALA
1 2 3
RYAN ELLIS
- 3 3
CHRIS TIERNEY
- 3 3
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2 - 2
RASMUS ANDERSSON
1 1 2
CONNOR BROWN
1 1 2
KYLE CONNOR
1 1 2
RYAN DONATO
1 1 2
ADAM FOX
1 1 2
RYAN HARTMAN
1 1 2
JUSTIN HOLL
1 1 2
ZACH HYMAN
1 1 2
NIKITA KUCHEROV
1 1 2
BRAD MARCHAND
1 1 2
AUSTON MATTHEWS
1 1 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
64 99
DAVID PASTRNAK
65 90
CONNOR MCDAVID
58 87
ARTEMI PANARIN
62 87
NATHAN MACKINNON
62 85
BRAD MARCHAND
65 81
PATRICK KANE
64 79
NIKITA KUCHEROV
62 78
JACK EICHEL
62 77
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
64 77
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
65 46
AUSTON MATTHEWS
65 44
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
63 43
LEON DRAISAITL
64 37
SEBASTIAN AHO
62 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
64 62
JOHN CARLSON
64 57
CONNOR MCDAVID
58 56
ARTEMI PANARIN
62 55
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
64 55
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
64 72
ROMAN JOSI
63 58
VICTOR HEDMAN
62 53
QUINN HUGHES
62 51
ALEX PIETRANGELO
64 48
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
62 51
CALE MAKAR
54 45
DOMINIK KUBALIK
62 43
VICTOR OLOFSSON
48 40
NICK SUZUKI
66 40
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
47 32
JORDAN BINNINGTON
47 29
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
49 27
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
53 27
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
46 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
32 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
46 5
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
53 5
CAREY PRICE
55 4
JAMES REIMER
25 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS