By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
The Oshawa Generals have taken yet another step toward bolstering their blue line with the recent acquisition of Medric Mercier from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Mercier became the second defenceman picked up by GM Roger Hunt this season, joining the recently acquired Alex Di Carlo from the Flint Firebirds who joined Oshawa in September.
Standing at six-foot-three, Mercier fits the bill for Oshawa’s campaign to regain the size they lost after their Memorial Cup victory during the 2014/2015 season, and it seems Hunt, who made the deal for a fourth- and eighth-round pick in 2018, snagged up the 20-year-old at the perfect time.
Coming off a career season with the Greyhounds that saw him total 21 points, Mercier appears well on his way to top that total using a powerful shot from the point to his advantage . In nine games with the Soo before coming to Oshawa, he already had a goal and three assists. In three games with Oshawa, he has a goal and an assist.
“My shot is a good aspect of my game and they just wanted me to keep playing like that and keep getting shots on net,” Mercier says of his transition to the Gens.
Oshawa blueline staples in Mitch Vande Sompel and Riley Stillman now get a little back-up from the new veteran acquisitions who are quickly getting accustomed to their new spots.
“It’s definitely awesome, it’s good communication out there and I’m just happy to be here and fill another role,” Mercier says.