**COURTESY NEW JERSEY DEVILS**
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed defenseman Jon Merrill to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1,137,500. The breakdown of the contract is as follows: $1,000,000 in 2016-17 and $1,275,000 in 2017-18. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Merrill, 24, has appeared in 165 career games, all with New Jersey, scoring five goals and 25 assists for 30 points, to go along with 64 penalty minutes. This past season, he notched one goal and four assists with a career-high 28 penalty minutes in 47 games.
Prior to joining New Jersey, Merrill spent parts of 2012-13 and 2013-14 in Albany (AHL). He skated three seasons, 2010-13, with the University of Michigan, posting 11 goals and 36 assists for 47 points and 45 penalty minutes. In his freshman year, he helped lead the Wolverines to the CCHA Conference Championship and was named to the CCHA All-Conference Second Team, CCHA All-Rookie Team and NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. He played for the United States Development team, under current Devils’ Head Coach John Hynes, before heading to Michigan.
Born in Oklahoma City, OK, Merrill was New Jersey’s first choice (second round) and the 38th overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
He represented the United States at two World Junior Championships, winning a Bronze Medal in 2011.