Elvis Merzlikins
Elvis Merzlikins
26-Year-Old GoalieG
Columbus Blue Jackets
IR
Injury Upper Body
Est. Return 3/9/2021
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.
Surfaces on IR
GColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
February 23, 2021
Merzlikins (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Merzlikins is considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury, so this move was expected. Joonas Korpisalo will likely assume a workhorse role with Matiss Kivlenieks getting the occasional look in goal until Merzlikins is ready to return.
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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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Dealing with week-to-week injury
GColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
February 21, 2021
Merzlikins (upper body) is listed as week-to-week after being evaluated Sunday.
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Hurt in third period Saturday
GColumbus Blue Jackets
Arm
February 20, 2021
Merzlikins (arm) was injured in the third period of Saturday's game versus the Predators, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Making second straight start
GColumbus Blue Jackets
February 20, 2021
Merzlikins will tend the crease for Saturday's game against the Predators, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Pitches first shutout of year
GColumbus Blue Jackets
February 18, 2021
Merzlikins turned aside 32 shots in a 3-0 win over Nashville on Thursday.
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Facing Predators
GColumbus Blue Jackets
February 17, 2021
Merzlikins will patrol the crease during Thursday's home game versus Nashville.
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