Prospect Profile: Medric Mercier
Medric Mercier: Defenceman / Rights: Sault Ste Marie Greyhonuds / 6’0″ 172 / 10/17/96
OHL Draft Ranking: 51st Overall
Selected: 7th Round, 138th Overall
2012 Club Team: Ottawa Jr 67′s (OMHA)
Mercer is a smart, defence first defenceman who displays strong mobility. He is effective at skating the puck up the ice and gaining the offensive blueline. He works well on the powerplay, working the line and making confident decisions with the puck. He has a strong shot that is effective from the blue line. He is very good positionally in his own zone, showing good positional play, and playing well angling forwards off, away from the high percentage areas. He is aggressive down low and along the boards, and shows an ability to pin players out of the play or to out muscle him for the puck He does struggle with his consistency with the puck, and needs to work on his outlet passes, specifically at a higher speed. I love his projectable upside as a smart, defensive first defenceman with some strong, long term upside. He projects out as an intelligent two way defenceman who could easily sneak into the top 4 of any team. I was shocked to see him fall to the 7th round, and personally think that he will surprise alot of people once he hits Greyhounds training camp. Expect him to play either in Midget in the OEMHL or with Hawkesbury of the CCHL with the (I’d bet the latter), and then earn a spot on the Greyhound’s blueline in 2013-2014.