COLUMBUS, Ohio – Georgii Merkulov of the Ohio State men’s hockey team has signed a three-year entry-level contract that begins next season with the NHL Boston Bruins. The forward will report to Providence on an amateur tryout (ATO) for the remainder of the 2021-22 AHL season.
The native of Ryazan, Russia, leads NCAA freshmen with 20 goals and all skaters nationally with seven gamewinning tallies. He was a First Team All-Big Ten selection and a unanimous pick to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
“Georgii made an immediate impact on our program and college hockey this season,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “We congratulate him on signing with the Bruins and wish him the best of luck as he begins his professional career. We look forward to following him at the next level.”
Merkulov was tied for second among Big Ten skaters with 20 goals, which leads NCAA freshmen and is tied for 11th overall nationally, and he paced the Buckeyes with 34 points. He is first in the NCAA with seven gamewinning goals on the year, tied for the third-most in a single season by a Buckeye. His .56 goals per game average is eighth nationally and first in the league and his .94 points per game is tied for ninth among Big Ten skaters. He recorded just the 11th 20-goal season for a Buckeye since 1999-00 and his goals-per-game average is fourth in that span. He had a point in 24 of 36 outings, with nine multiple-point games, including four two-goal nights. Merkulov was the runner-up for national player of the month in December and earned Big Ten Star of the Week accolades in November.