Mercer Survives Cut

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Updated: December 16, 2019
Dawson Mercer QMJHL

Newfoundland’s own Dawson Mercer survived one of the first round of cuts at the Canadian World Junior camp. Another Newfoundlander, Alex Newhook was sent home.

Mercer, a native of Bay Roberts, survived the largest round of cuts on Thursday and has headed to Europe with the team as the selection process continues. Canada has so far trimmed its lineup down to three goalies, seven defencemen and 14 forwards. If Mercer is to make the team, he will have to survive one or two more cuts.

Should Mercer survive, he will be the youngest on the Canadian squad, having just turned 18.

Mercer’s current performance in the QMJHL has him projected to be a late first-round draft pick in the NHL entry draft.

Newhook’s cut from the team seem to have surprised many, including TSN analyst Bob McKenzie who said that Newhook was one of the best players on the ice in a pair of tune-up games against Canadian university all-stars. He had been selected 16th overall in the NHL entry draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

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