Elvis Merzlikins
Elvis Merzlikins
25-Year-Old GoalieG
Columbus Blue Jackets
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets in May of 2019.
Strong effort in OT loss
GColumbus Blue Jackets
October 18, 2019
Merzlikins turned aside 30 shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Blackhawks.
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The 25-year-old looked much better in his second career NHL game than he had in his first, as Merzlikins came up with a number of big saves just to earn a point for the Jackets. He still has a 4.99 GAA and .863 save percentage on the season, but Friday's effort should give Columbus coach John Tortorella a little more confidence in his No. 2 netminder.
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Starting in Chicago
GColumbus Blue Jackets
October 18, 2019
Merzlikins will protect the road goal Friday in Chicago, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
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Blitzed in NHL debut
GColumbus Blue Jackets
October 5, 2019
Merzlikins stopped 33 of 40 shots in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Penguins.
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Set for NHL debut
GColumbus Blue Jackets
October 5, 2019
Merzlikins will start in the road goal for Saturday's game versus the Penguins, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
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Stopping pucks Wednesday
GColumbus Blue Jackets
September 25, 2019
Merzlikins will tend the road twine in Wednesday's preseason game versus the Sabres, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
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Strong preseason debut
GColumbus Blue Jackets
September 20, 2019
Merzlikins stopped 17 of 18 shots before being lifted for Veini Vehvilainen midway through the second period of Thursday's 4-1 preseason loss to the Penguins.
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