Didn't Merril have a full pro year in the AHL? I mean, Larsson stepped right in from the SEL (forgive me if I get that wrong) as an 18 year old, while Merril played out college and had a year in the AHL to develop I think. Not that it matters really, but my point was that Larsson definitely has the tools and, imo, looked better as an 18 year old rookie than Merril has as a 22 year old rookie.
Like I said, it's not like I'm rooting against Merrill at all. But it just irks me to see people ragging on Larsson when he's shown he's clearly got the potential. He just needs to play and grow. I hope he, Gelinas and Merrill play out the season up here.
Merrill played a total of 26 games in the AHL.
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