Montreal Canadiens acquire Jon Merrill from Detroit Red Wings

MONTREAL -- The Canadiens have bolstered their blue-line depth ahead of the NHL trade deadline.

The club acquired veteran defenseman Jon Merrill from the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday for a fifth-round draft pick in 2021 and minor league forward Hayden Verbeek.

Merrill appeared in 36 games with the Red Wings in 2020-21, picking up five assists while averaging nearly 20 minutes of ice time. The 29-year-old from Oklahoma City has 12 goals and 66 points in 392 career regular-season games with the Devils, Golden Knights and Red Wings since being selected 38th overall by New Jersey in the 2010 draft and making his NHL debut in 2013-14.

Verbeek had one goal and two assists with Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League this season. His uncle is Pat Verbeek, who scored 522 goals in a 20-year NHL career and is currently Detroit's assistant general manager.

The pick heading to Detroit in the trade previously belonged to the Ottawa Senators. Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman added to his total of 20 selections in 2021 and 2022, hoping the influx of young talent helps him rebuild a once-proud franchise. Yzerman also acquired a fourth-round pick Saturday in a three-team trade with Columbus and Tampa Bay, taking on some salary without giving up a player or draft pick.

The trade deadline is set for 3 p.m. ET Monday.