He's a highly-rated player for us, I saw him play a lot and he's very consistent. Over time when you see him play, he always does something to help his team. He's very smart, he has very good vision, makes plays in tight other players don't. He's a competitive kid that works at his game and he's had a heck of a year. What he's done here (Memorial Cup) will do nothing but help. - NHL Central Scouting’s John Williams
Merkley lead the Kelowna Rockets in regular season scoring (20 goals, 70 assists, 90 points in 72 GP) helping to push the WHL Champions to the Memorial Cup Finals.
Scored at a point-per-game pace at the 2015 Memorial Cup.
Internationally, Merkely was a member of Team Canada’s gold medal team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka tournament.
Models his game after Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.
Merkley getting ahead by watching, listening to others
I think it’d be a huge honor to be a first-round pick. If that doesn't happen I'm just going to keep working hard and try to make the best out of each opportunity. I think being a first-rounder gives you more opportunity, but either way you have to work as hard as you can to make the most out of any situation. - Nick Merkley