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Top Ryan Merkley News

  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Loaned to AHL

    Merkley was reassigned to the AHL on Saturday.

    Merkley will start the year with Barracuda after he was among the team's latest batch of roster cuts. He had six points in 39 games for the Sharks last campaign.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Logs power-play helper

    Merkley posted a power-play assist, two hits and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.

    Merkley picked up a helper on Scott Reedy's opening goal in the first period. The 21-year-old Merkley has assists in consecutive games for the first time this season. The rookie defenseman seems to have an edge over Radim Simek for playing time. Merkley's up to five points, 26 shots on net, 14 blocked shots, 10 hits and a minus-3 rating through 27 appearances.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Pockets assist in win

    Merkley notched an assist and two PIM in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Ducks.

    Merkley found defense partner Marc-Edouard Vlasic with a creative pass on the opening goal in the first period. The 21-year-old Merkley has played in three straight games, and it appears he has an edge for playing time over Radim Simek at this point. Through 26 outings, Merkley's picked up four points, 26 shots on net and a minus-2 rating, mainly playing on the third pairing.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Joins big club

    Merkley was recalled from AHL San Jose on Monday, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Merkley will travel to Calgary for Tuesday's game and likely serve as a healthy scratch. The 21-year-old rookie has three points while averaging 15:36 of ice time through 23 NHL games this season.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Sent to AHL affiliate

    Merkley was reassigned to AHL San Jose on Friday.

    Merkley has averaged 15:33 of ice time -- 1:33 during the power play -- and tallied three points over 22 NHL appearances this season. The 21-year-old's most recent NHL point was an assist in a 4-3 victory over the Islanders on Feb. 24.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Generates power-play helper

    Merkley notched a power-play assist in Thursday's 4-3 shootout win over the Islanders.

    Merkley saw 16:28 of ice time, his third-highest total of the season, due to Nicolas Meloche's (undisclosed) early exit from the contest. Merkley was able to set up Logan Couture's tally in the second period. This was the first power-play point of Merkley's career, and he's at three points, 15 shots on net and a minus-3 rating in 18 contests. If Meloche misses time, there will be room in the lineup for both Merkley and Radim Simek to play in bottom-four roles.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Ascends to top level

    Merkley is on the ice for Wednesday's practice, indicating he's been recalled by the Sharks, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Merkley will draw into the lineup for Thursday's game versus Vancouver. The 21-year-old rookie has tallied two points through 15 top-level appearances this year.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Returns to AHL

    Merkley was reassigned to AHL San Jose on Tuesday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Merkley spent a couple of days with the big club, though he didn't play Monday versus the Oilers. The 21-year-old defenseman has one goal, one assist, 12 shots on net and a minus-3 rating in 15 contests at the NHL level this season.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Ascends to active roster

    Merkley was recalled by the Sharks on Saturday, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    At this point it isn't clear if Merkley will still be with the big club for Monday's game against the Oilers. Merkley's picked up two points through 15 top-level appearances this year.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Sent to AHL San Jose

    Merkley was demoted from the active roster to AHL San Jose on Wednesday.

    Merkley has averaged 14:49 of ice time -- 1:39 during the man advantage -- and recorded two points over 14 NHL appearances this season. His most recent NHL point was an assist that was distributed in a 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Jan. 22.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Returns to active roster

    Merkley was listed among the scratches for Saturday's game versus the Panthers, indicating he was promoted to the active roster, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports.

    Merkley has played a noticeable role for the Sharks this season, but Nicolas Meloche seems to have surpassed him on the depth chart. The 21-year-old Merkley will likely move between levels regularly.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Bumped to taxi squad

    Merkley was reassigned to the taxi squad Thursday, per CapFriendly.

    Merkley has two points and 12 shots on net in 14 contests this season. His move to the taxi squad could just be a paper move -- the Sharks have only six healthy blueliners on their active roster.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Generates assist in loss

    Merkley posted an assist and went minus-2 in Saturday's 7-1 loss to the Lightning.

    Merkley set up Jaycob Megna for the Sharks' lone tally in the blowout loss. The 21-year-old Merkley has appeared in eight straight games for the Sharks, though his ice time often remains limited to around 15 minutes per contest. He's picked up two points, 12 shots on net and a minus-2 rating through 14 appearances this season, his first at the NHL level.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Joining active roster

    Merkley will be added to San Jose's active roster and play Thursday against the Sabres, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Merkley's expected to skate on the Sharks' second pairing and second power-play unit Thursday. He's picked up one goal through six top-level appearances this season.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Promoted to taxi squad

    Merkley was elevated to San Jose's taxi squad Saturday.

    Merkley has made five appearances in the NHL this season, logging just one goal and averaging 15:07 of ice time. With AHL San Jose, the 21-year-old has recorded one goal and 16 assists through 22 games. The Canadian recorded 12 points through his 11 December contests in the minors.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Will be sent down

    Merkley will be reassigned to AHL San Jose on Friday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Merkley scored one goal in six games while with the big club, but the Sharks are expected to get players back for Saturday's game versus the Avalanche. That will leave Merkley to return to the minors, although he could be an option for a call-up later in the season.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Nets first NHL goal

    Merkley scored a goal on two shots and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Sabres.

    Playing just his second NHL game as a COVID-19 outbreak ravages the Sharks' blue line, Merkley was able to tally his first goal. The 21-year-old has held his own in a limited role since he was called up Saturday. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect much out of Merkley, who will likely head back to the AHL when some of the team's more veteran blueliners clear the league's virus protocols.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Recalled by big club

    Merkley was recalled by San Jose on Saturday, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    The Sharks are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, so Merkley is expected to make his NHL debut Saturday against the Jets. The 21-year-old blueliner has racked up four helpers through four AHL appearances this season.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Continues OHL dominance

    Merkley scored a goal and added two assists in OHL London's 6-3 loss to Windsor on Sunday.

    He fired a game-high six shots on goal for good measure. Merkley has been a dominant offense force (37 points, 86 shots on goal) through his first 28 games with London, although his play in his own zone remains a work in progress. Again passed over for a spot on the Canadian World Junior roster, Merkley should put up monster numbers while many of the league's best players are away through New Year's representing their countries.

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  • Sharks' Ryan Merkley: Starts strong for OHL London

    Merkley scored a goal and added an assist in OHL London's 6-2 win over Niagara Sunday.

    With 12 points in his first 10 games with the Knights, Merkley has, by and large, been the dominant force the club was seeking when they acquired him from Guelph in late September. Merkley's play in his own zone remains a work in progress and there are continued rumblings regarding the character of the former 2018 first-rounder (21st overall), but his offensive abilities aren't in question. It will be interesting to see if Merkley gets invited to the Canadian World Junior camp this coming December.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 170 lbs
Birthplace: Oakville, ON
Age: 22
Experience: 1
Shoots: Right