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.
Red Berenson said Merrill has a cracked vertebrae and will be out awhile. But it could have been worse and Merrill will be back this year.
— Michael Spath (@Spath_Wolverine) October 10, 2012