At first I figured he wasn't playing right away due to conditioning but now I'm starting to worry he is going to miss nearly half the season and be left off the US world junior team. From a hockey development standpoint, I wish he bolted to play with Wedgewood in Plymouth. I felt like that could've been a great step for him before going pro after this year which now I think isn't a sure thing.
"The initial suspension was in concrete - it was a dedicated suspension to so many games and so much time - and in further discussions, we changed that to an indefinite suspension, which means it's going to be longer," head coach Red Berenson said.
"There is no game we can point at and say he'll be back. But what we have done is we've put him back on the ice and he's practicing with the team."
Merrill was suspended Oct. 1 for violating team rules. At the time of his suspension, he was to sit out the first 12 games of the season, and would be eligible to return Nov. 18 when U-M hosted Ohio State. However, that date was never set in stone, and sources have told TheWolverine.com they expect the game suspension to last through Christmas.
"I'm looking for him to live up to everything he and I have agreed to, and when he does all that, then we can take that to the athletic director, and we'll see where we are," Berenson said.
That would be awesome man, I appreciate it!
I have plenty of buddies who scout OHL. I'll ask one of them for their opinions of him. From what I gather his skating still needs work and his consistency could be better.
Edited by thefiestygoat, 20 November 2011 - 12:30 PM.