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.
Still looking for first win
GColumbus Blue Jackets
November 13, 2019
Merzlikins turned aside 30 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
ANALYSIS
For the third straight start -- a stretch dating back to Oct. 18 -- Merzlikins was able to earn a point for the Jackets, but the 25-year-old rookie remains winless so far in the NHL. Since getting shelled for seven goals in his first game he's looked much better, posting a 2.45 GAA and .919 save percentage in four appearances, but as yet coach John Tortorella hasn't been willing to entrust him with a bigger workload, instead giving a struggling Joonas Korpisalo multiple chances to lock down the No. 1 role. If he keeps playing well enough to keep his team in the game, though, Merzlikins' time could come.
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Gets starting nod Tuesday
GColumbus Blue Jackets
November 11, 2019
Merzlikins will be between the pipes for Tuesday's road clash with Montreal, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Returns to big club
GColumbus Blue Jackets
November 10, 2019
The Blue Jackets recalled Merzlikins from AHL Cleveland on Sunday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Demoted to minors
GColumbus Blue Jackets
November 6, 2019
Merzlikins was shipped down to AHL Cleveland on Wednesday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Burned by Blues
GColumbus Blue Jackets
November 1, 2019
Merzlikins made 23 saves in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blues.
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Starting in St. Louis
GColumbus Blue Jackets
November 1, 2019
Merzlikins will guard the goal during Friday's road game against the Blues, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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