The only negatives that I hear about him are the off-ice issues and his injury. Both dont appear to be concerns for the Devils at this point, so I can only go on that. At this point, his risks are the same as any defensive prospect who is projecting to be a first pairing defenseman, I would say even less so in that Merrill is a bit older, has shown he could perform at a high level in NCAA play, and even during a short stint in the AHL. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
We can agree to disagree on whether his off ice issues and injury impact his trade value, that's just a judgement call and nobody can be right or wrong.
To bring it back to his trade value in general, if it's agreed the Devils need forwards, would you trade the 9th overall pick for Frk? Since you mentioned him earlier.
Frk was just a name I threw out there as someone that slipped in last years draft, but is playing well now.
I see the point you're getting at. Lets put it this way. Kuznetsev was drafted at the end of the first round in 2010, but that's a trade you would make. Or perhaps Emersen Etem, who evidently is playing well.
I try to be as even keeled about prospects and especially trade scenarios. I like Damon Severson, but I realize he still has a lot to prove before you can call him anything more than a Mark Fayne replacement, and hence, doesn't have much trade value on his own.
Merrill though is someone to be legitimately excited about, and haven't heard anything that suggests I'm missing something.
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