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Devils confirm Merrill suffered concussion in NHL debut

Nov 16, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (34) is helped up from the ice after he was tripped by Minnesota Wild center Torrey Mitchell during the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Merrill left the game. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) AP

New Jersey defenseman Jon Merrill has a bright future ahead of him, but the 21-year-old’s career has gotten off to an unfortunate start. In just his third NHL shift early in the first period of the Devils’ 4-0 loss on Nov. 3, Merrill was tripped and crashed into the boards as a result.

When he got up, it was obvious that he had some significant facial lacerations, but it wasn’t immediately clear if he had suffered a concussion. Devils coach Pete DeBoer confirmed on Friday that Merrill is dealing with one and that’s what’s keeping him on the sidelines, according to the Bergen Record.

The good news is that Merrill was back on the ice yesterday. That’s a step that his concussed teammate, forward Ryane Clowe, hasn’t been able to take yet.

New Jersey suffered a 2-0 loss against Los Angeles last night, but they have a chance to put that behind them tonight versus the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  1. pfhockey - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    That’s unfortunate, hope he gets a good recovery.

  2. martysbetter - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    This really sucks, he’s our highest rated prospect – now he’ll have the scarlet letter ‘C’ following him for the rest of his career.

  3. 950003cups - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Then he said later he didn’t have one. That the team was just being cautious.

    Seems like somebody is fibbing.

  4. millertime1101 - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    NO DUH!! if you saw it

  5. millertime1101 - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    NO DUH!! if you saw it.

  6. gbditka - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Pete DeBoer needs to start coaching with a helmet on as I believe he has “concussion like symptoms.”

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