Elvis Merzlikins
Elvis Merzlikins
27-Year-Old GoalieG
Columbus Blue Jackets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets in April of 2020.
Beats Nashville in rematch
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May 5, 2021
Merzlikins made 30 saves in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Nashville.
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After falling in overtime Monday, Merzlikins rebounded with a stronger performance in the rematch, shutting the door in the third period to pull off the upset. He's gone without a regulation loss in his last five starts, which is impressive given Columbus' recent tailspin, but Merzlikins' 2-0-3 record in that span isn't bringing home any fantasy championships.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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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Falls to Preds in OT
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May 3, 2021
Merzlikins made 34 saves in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators.
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Gets starting nod against Preds
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May 3, 2021
Merzlikins will be between the pipes for Monday's home clash with Nashville, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
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Falls to Canes in OT
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May 1, 2021
Merzlikins made 31 saves in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Hurricanes.
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Gets starting nod
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May 1, 2021
Merzlikins will defend the blue paint during Saturday's road game versus the Hurricanes, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Blanks Detroit on Tuesday
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April 27, 2021
Merzlikins stopped all 41 shots and both shootout attempts in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Red Wings.
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