USHL Rights: Tri-City
College Commitment: Maine
Merchant is a smooth skating prospect that has good hands and plays hard in all three zones. Is not a prospect that plays the glitter game, as you will not see him make end-to-end rushes every time he touches the puck. Instead, Merchant plays a consistent, 200-foot-game. He plays well in tight spaces and will not shy away from the rough stuff. Merchant has displayed a willingness to work hard in order to be considered one of the state’s top players.
He is a prospect that should be looked at for his team play, defensive contributions, and tremendous work ethic. Merchant is considered one of the top eligible Minnesota prospects for the 2012 NHL Draft.