September 3, 2015
Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed 18 year old forward Nick Merkley (1997-05-23) to a three-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Merkley registered 20G-70A-90Pts with a plus-29 rating in 72 games with the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) in 2014-15.
He led Kelowna and ranked sixth in the league in scoring, finishing third in the league in assists.
Merkley added 5-22-27 in 19 postseason games to help the Rockets win the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champions.
At the Memorial Cup national championship, he was 3-2-5 and was instrumental in helping Kelowna reach the championship game.
The 18-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta has totaled 45-103-148 and a plus-53 rating in 139 career games with the Rockets.
He was named the 2013-14 WHL Rookie of the Year after recording 25-33-58 in 66 games.
Merkley was drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (30th overall) in the 2015 Entry Draft.
He played his minor hockey with Lake Bonavista MHA in Calgary, then played two years of bantam AAA hockey with the Calgary Bisons and a year of midget hockey with the Calgary Buffaloes before joining the Rockets.
This summer he notched four assists in five games on the Team Canada U18 squad at the Ivan Hlinka tournament in the Czech Republic.