Elvis Merzlikins

Elvis Merzlikins

27-Year-Old GoalieG
Columbus Blue Jackets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Merzilkins' numbers predictably suffered as the Blue Jackets as a team regressed considerably in the 2020-21 campaign. His GAA ballooned from 2.35 to 2.77 and his save percentage dropped from .923 to .916. Merzlikins also missed time with injuries on multiple occasions. Both Merzlikins and platoon mate Joonas Korpisalo had poor seasons and are scheduled for unrestricted free agency next summer. Columbus seems likely to give both playing time until one man separates himself from the other. That makes Merzlikins a fringe fantasy option due to the fact Columbus is expected to once again be a middling team. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $27 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets in September of 2021.
Collects 10th win
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December 5, 2021
Merzlikins made 30 saves in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Sharks.
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The two teams traded goals through two periods while Merzlikins was by far the busier of the two netminders, seeing 29 shots to Adin Hill's 18, but the Jackets were able to take control of the game in the third. Elvis improved to 10-4-0 on the season with the effort, but his 2.72 GAA and .920 save percentage remain right in line with last year's numbers.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For about six weeks last season, Merzlikins not only looked like the Blue Jackets' goalie of the future, he looked like the next Dominik Hasek. The 26-year-old posted a 1.51 GAA and .953 save percentage with 12 wins and five shutouts over a 15-appearance stretch from late December to mid-February, but a concussion suffered during a collision with Ottawa's Anthony Duclair ended his extraordinary run. While he wasn't sidelined for long, he wasn't able to recapture that magic upon his return, ceding the starting job back to Joonas Korpisalo in the process. Korpisalo's own outstanding play down the stretch and in the playoffs gives Columbus two goalies with strong claims to the No. 1 job, and the result could be a timeshare to begin the season, or coach John Tortorella could decide to ride the hot hand. Merzlikins has the size, skills and athleticism to thrive but his daredevil instincts could result in a roller coaster performance, and Torts might prefer the steadier hand in Korpisalo. It is, however, hard to ignore the elite upside Elvis has already flashed in his brief NHL career.
A third round pick in the 2014 draft, Merzlikins has been honing his skills over the last few years with Swiss powerhouse Lugano, but Sergei Bobrovsky's departure opens the door for the Latvian to jump right to the NHL without any minor-league seasoning. Merzlikins is a classic butterfly goalie with size and athleticism, and if he can temper his natural aggression enough to keep his angles, he's got the potential to be Bobrovsky's successor. Joonas Korpisalo is likely to open the season as the No. 1 in net for Columbus due to his experience, but if Merzlikins adapts quickly, he could well steal the job sometime this winter.
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Starting against San Jose
GColumbus Blue Jackets
December 5, 2021
Merzlikins will guard the home goal during Sunday's matchup with the Sharks, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Set for backup duties
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December 2, 2021
Merzlikins (illness) will back up Daniil Tarasov in Thursday's game versus the Stars, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Dealing with non-COVID illness
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Illness
December 2, 2021
Merzlikins is questionable for Thursday's matchup with Dallas due to a non-COVID illness.
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Gets quick hook Tuesday
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November 30, 2021
Merzlikins allowed three goals on nine shots in Tuesday's 6-0 loss to the Predators.
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Gets starting nod
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November 30, 2021
Merzlikins will start between the pipes in Tuesday's road matchup with Nashville, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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