The New Jersey Devils waited until Day 2 of the NHL Draft, but when they made their selection at No. 38 overall (a pick acquired with Ilya Kovalchuk from the Thrashers) they went with defense, selecting Oklahoma-born, Michigan-raised blueliner Jonathan Merrill with their second-round pick.
Here's NHL.com's Scouting Report:
NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee
"He plays the game a lot like Jordan Leopold. He plays weaving and diving, sneaking and thinking, gaining the zone and moving the puck ahead right on the tape to a guy. He's skilled and he's really come a long way in his development."
U.S. Under-18 head coach Kurt Kleinendorst
"He's very intelligent on both sides of the puck, makes good decisions, and defensively is good about keeping himself in good position. There are a lot of things to appreciate about his game, including his size and his dedication in the weight room."
Some personal info:
NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings
NHL Player: Nicklas Lidstrom
Shootout move: Shot
Video Game: Guitar Hero
Movie: Dazed and Confused
TV Show: Entourage
Actress: Jennifer Aniston
Home-cooked meal: Flank steak
Activity away from the rink: Disc golf
Everyone loves Jennifer Aniston or Jessica Alba. Is there no one who appreciates Dame Helen Mirren?