Jon Merrill out six weeks with injury

Devils prospect Jon Merrill is expected to miss six weeks after being injured on a hard hit from behind into the boards during Michigan’s exhibition game Tuesday against Windsor, according to Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told Gulitti today:

It’s nothing that needs surgery. It’s just needs time to heal. But I spoke to him today and he’s doing fine.

Lamoriello told Gulitti that Merrill suffered “a little fracture” but wouldn’t say what kind of fracture. Merrill will have to wear a neck brace.