| 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
| May 23, 1997 (age 18)
Calgary, AB, CAN (1997-05-23) |
191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
30th overall, 2015
Nick Merkley Wikipedia
Nick Merkley (born May 23, 1997) is a Canadian ice hockey player. He is currently playing in the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) as a prospect for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Merkley was rated as a top prospect who was widely projected to be a first round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. In the said Draft, he was selected 30th overall by the Arizona Coyotes, the final pick of the opening round.
Merkley was selected ninth overall by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. Following a strong first season with the Rockets, he was selected as the 2013–14 WHL Rookie of the Year and awarded the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy, and during the 2014–15 WHL season he was rewarded for his outstanding play when he was selected to skate in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was also named to the 2014–15 WHL (West) Second All-Star Team after scoring 20 goals and 90 points in 72 games.
On September 3, 2015, Merkley agreed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes.
Merkley helped Team Canada capture the gold medal at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.