New Jersey Will get a Magnificence in Dawson Mercer
CHL ImagesDawson Mercer is a magnificence. There is not any different method to put it. On the ice, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens heart is a two-way pressure who has put up factors in all 4 video games he has performed in to date this season. Off the ice, he is an interviewer’s dream and a frontrunner within the dressing room.So what was it particularly that Chicoutimi favored in regards to the younger man after they acquired him from the Drummondville Voltigeurs final season?”All the pieces,” mentioned Sags coach and GM Yanick Jean. “All the pieces he does on the ice, off the ice, all the pieces he does as an individual leadership-wise, we thought it was going to be actually constructive for our group.”Clearly the New Jersey Devils noticed a lot of the identical, because the group snapped up Mercer with the 18th decide general within the 2020 draft. He was one among three first-rounders for the Devils, sandwiched between sniper Alexander Holtz and D-man Shakir Mukhamadullin.A proud native of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Mercer is one among three children (his youthful brother Riley can also be within the QMJHL with Dawson’s previous staff in Drummondville). His dad is a powerline technician and his mother manages a comfort retailer. Bay Roberts could also be a small city of about 11,000, however it was the proper ambiance for Mercer.”It isn’t too massive – we do not have Walmart or Canadian Tire – however we have now all of the sports activities and recreation,” he mentioned. “You are near the individuals there, particularly on the rink. You realize the acquainted faces if you present up; simply having good relationships with the Zamboni drivers after I return within the summertime – I will converse to them on a regular basis and I feel that is a welcoming feeling if you return to a small city like that.”Mercer has already gone worldwide, nevertheless. He was a part of Canada’s gold-medal world junior squad in 2020 and might be an essential returnee for the nationwide staff after they attempt to defend their title on dwelling ice in Edmonton this winter. Again within the ‘Q,’ he is utilizing each useful resource out there to verify he continues to develop as a participant.”It is the eye to element,” Jean mentioned. “He has talent, however he does not simply play with talent. He desires to get higher and he works at it. He watches each shift on the iPad when he will get again to the bench.”Certainly, Mercer likes to see why his good performs labored out and, conversely, what he may have carried out on a nasty play if he had extra time to consider it. He is an enormous proponent of nailing down the main points in his recreation and it is most likely no shock that the NHLer he appears as much as essentially the most is Boston Bruins icon Patrice Bergeron. Like Bergeron, Mercer desires to be that man who could be trusted on each the ability play and the penalty-kill – a participant who makes use of his hockey IQ in each ends and might win these essential late-game faceoffs.Within the dressing room, Mercer is proud to tackle a management position too; identical to Bergeron.”It is being there for everybody, not simply your self,” Mercer mentioned. “The man sitting subsequent you goes that can assist you simply as a lot as you are going to assist him. I would like them to really feel like that. I’ll push him to be higher and he’ll push me again, it does not matter if he is 19 or 16. And in apply, we will go 100 p.c at one another, play prefer it’s a recreation state of affairs and have that compete stage. In apply I prefer to push the play and ensure everybody is aware of there is not any slacking off.”Ensuring everybody seems like they’re part of the staff can also be essential to Mercer and, as soon as once more, that has been an indicator in Boston throughout Bergeron’s tenure with captain Zdeno Chara.”Within the room, I prefer to have that voice the place everybody feels snug and welcome,” Mercer mentioned. “You don’t need anybody feeling misplaced. Ensuring everyone seems to be within the full swing of it’s a massive factor and at all times having enjoyable: I like when the blokes have a smile on their face in apply, even in video games and exercises. It pushes you to be higher if you’re having fun with it. I like to verify everybody has a great vibe to themself.”Arduous to place it any higher than that. And along with his mixture of on-ice talent and off-ice management, Mercer’s future with the Devils appears extremely vivid already.