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NICHOLAS MERKLEY  Canada
a.k.a. "Nick Merkley"

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BIRTHYEAR 1997-05-23 BIRTHPLACECalgary, AB, CAN
AGE 19 NATION Canada
POSITION RW/C SHOOTS R
HEIGHT 180 cm / 5'11" WEIGHT 87 kg / 192 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Lake Bonavista MHA CONTRACT 18/19
NHL DRAFT 2015 round 1 #30 overall by Arizona Coyotes
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HIGHLIGHTS
1-time WHL Champion 1


A playmaking center that has an excellent eye for the game; sees the ice like a hawk from above. Creates scoring chances and on-ice energy through taking advantage of puck-possession and making the most of turnovers. Incredible work ethic; will battle against larger players and isn't afraid to do the dirty work in front of the net. Does not possess the largest frame or a dynamic level of skating; however, he does boast a remarkably high level of Hockey-IQ and a deep understanding of the game. There is something left to be desired having observed his individual skills, such as puckhandling, footspeed, and decision-making, for a prolonged period of time; there is definitely room for improvement in the small areas of his game. All-in-all, Merkley brings a medley of skill, smarts, and work ethic to the table, making him an invaluable asset as a Center. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014)

Brother: Jay Merkley

© Photo: Dan Hickling

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 2010-11 Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA AMBHL 31 16 183420 |            
 2011-12 Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA AMBHL 32 41 327342 | Playoffs 9 9 41314  
 2012-13 Calgary Buffaloes Midget AAA AMHL 30 14 193395 | Playoffs 11 4 61016  
  Kelowna Rockets WHL 1 0 000 0 | Playoffs 7 0 330 -2 
 2013-14 Kelowna Rockets WHL 66 25 335846 24 | Playoffs 14 4 131712
  Canada Pacific U17  WHC-17 6 2 3514 |            
 2014-15 Kelowna Rockets WHL 72 20 709079 29 | Playoffs 19 5 222718 12 
 2015-16 Kelowna Rockets WHL 43 17 314844 9 |            
 2016-17 Kelowna Rockets WHL - - --- |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2011-12 Calgary South Flames   Alberta Cup 5 5 384 |            
 2012-13 Team Alberta WCCC-16 3 1 67- |            
 2014-15 Team White U18-Dev 3 0 116 |            
  Canada U18  Hlinka Memorial 5 0 448 9 |            
  Kelowna Rockets M-Cup 5 3 2514 1 |            
 2015-16 WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 000 -1 |            
2015-16 AHL/ECHL/USHL/WHL/OHL/QMJHL stats powered by HockeyTech


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  Alberta Cup: 5 5 3 8 1.60 |    
  AMBHL: 63 57 50 107 1.70 62  | 9 9 4 13 1.44 14 
  AMHL: 30 14 19 33 1.10 95  | 11 4 6 10 0.91 16 
  Hlinka Memorial: 5 0 4 4 0.80 |    
  Jr Super Series: 2 0 0 0 0.00 -1  |    
  M-Cup: 5 3 2 5 1.00 14  |    
  U18-Dev: 3 0 1 1 0.33 |    
  WCCC-16: 3 1 6 7 2.33 |    
  WHC-17: 6 2 3 5 0.83 14  |    
  WHL: 182 62 134 196 1.08 169  62  | 40 9 38 47 1.18 30  15 



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2011-2012 AMBHL Most Valuable Player
  AMBHL Top Forward
2013-2014 U17 WHC Silver Medal
  WHL Rookie of the Year (Jim Piggott Trophy)
2014-2015 CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team
  CHL Top Prospects Game
  Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal
  WHL (West) Second All-Star Team
  WHL Champion
  WHL Playoffs Most Assists (22)
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- AMBHL Most Valuable Player 11/12
- AMBHL Top Forward 11/12
- CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 14/15
- CHL Top Prospects Game 14/15
- Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal 14/15
- U17 WHC Silver Medal 13/14
- WHL (West) Second All-Star Team 14/15
- WHL Champion 14/15
- WHL Playoffs Most Assists 14/15
- WHL Rookie of the Year (Jim Piggott Trophy) 13/14



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2015-09-03 Confirmed Kelowna Rockets Arizona Coyotes Entry Level 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
- Drafted 2012, round 1 #9 overall by Kelowna Rockets in the WHL Bantam Draft
 
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #14 by Hockeyprospect.com
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #19 by ISS Hockey
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #17 by Future Considerations
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #15 by McKeen's Hockey
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #23 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #17 by TSN/McKenzie