New Jersey Devils Prospect Dawson Mercer Thrives In QMJHL

Dawson Mercer is selected by the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Dawson Mercer is selected by the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

It has been a rough ride for the New Jersey Devils during the first half of the season. However, there have been plenty of bright spots in what will go down as a gloomy year. These bright spots mainly come from their prospect system and rookies which have been a pleasant surprise as of late. Out of all of their prospects and rookies, the one that has been the biggest surprise is Dawson Mercer.

Mercer, the Devils’ 18th-overall pick in 2020, has been continuing to destroy the QMJHL. In the past 6-7 games, he has registered around two points per game or more. From the three games this previous weekend, Mercer has scored 5 points. Three of those five points came from a hat trick that he registered in Saturday’s game against the Sherbrooke Phoenix. This is Mercer’s third hat trick of the season and his second of March.

Mercer has been having a phenomenal month. So far, he’s registered 13 points in 6 games. This extends his season total to 31 points in 20 games. He is so far exceeding his production from last year by a long shot.

His production continues to show that Mercer has a lot of skill and his recent production shows that he is an all-around player. His grit, hustle, and play for his team have been helping him and his team a ton. When Mercer comes up to the NHL, which will most likely be very soon, he will most likely make an immediate impact for the Devils. Mercer is such an extremely versatile player that he can play almost anywhere in the lineup.

He can provide so much upside to the team in so many different ways. He is similar to Nico Hischier: a selfless and hardworking player who has a lot of skill, can score, make plays, forecheck, and help on defense.

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Overall, Dawson Mercer has been lights out recently. If he keeps pressing his foot on the gas for the rest of the season, the Devils will most likely have a huge gem coming up next season.

What do you think about Mercer’s recent production? Do you think he can keep this up? Will he be considered a steal of the draft? Please feel free to leave a comment below and let’s get a discussion going.