Merrill to join Devils' AHL team

The New Jersey Devils have yet to finalize a deal for Jonathon Merrill, but the 21-year-old will be leaving the University of Michigan to join the organization soon, according to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.

"He will definitely be leaving school," Lamoriello told ESPNNewYork.com when reached via phone on Wednesday.

The plan, Lamoriello confirmed, is to have Merill play with the AHL's Albany Devils on an ATO, amateur tryout contract, for the rest of the 2012-13 season.

Merill, a second-round draft pick of the Devils in 2010, just finished his junior season at U of M, where he finished with two goals and nine assists in 21 games for the Wolverines. Merill missed significant time this season with a back injury sustained in an exhibition game in October.