2018 first round draft pick Ryan Merkley makes his first trip to Sharks Development Camp. Deemed as a "high-risk, high-reward player, there is great anticipation for Merkley's camp performance.
"Learn and grow and get better," Merkley notes what he hopes to get out of the week in San Jose.
"I'm the youngest kid here so I just got to learn and get better and compete against the older guys." This is true for the 17-year-old defenseman from Oakville, Ontario.
Not surprising, Merkley still hasn't come off his first-round draft pick high. "The past week and a half have been pretty crazy. I still wake up in shock some days. It was certainly special. You could see on my face how happy was to get drafted."
The smile is still there!
As for the scrimmage on Friday night Merkley states, "I'm excited to show off my abilities and my skill sets and play against the older guys. It will be fun and competitive."
Be there to cheer on Ryan Merkley and the rest of the Sharks prospects at the Prospects Scrimmage Friday July 6. Click here for tickets.