Elvis Merzlikins
25-Year-Old GoalieG
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 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.
ANALYSIS
Facing a preseason lineup that included many of Pittsburgh's top offensive players, Merzlikins was up to the task. The lone goal he allowed came on the power play, and he made some spectacular saves on Evgeni Malkin, Alex Galchenyuk and Jake Guentzel before exiting with the score tied 1-1. Merzlikins is expected to open the season as the Jackets' No. 2 netminder behind Joonas Korpisalo, but if he keeps performing well, the 25-year-old rookie could force his way into at least a timeshare before long.
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Facing Pittsburgh
GColumbus Blue Jackets
September 19, 2019
Merzlikins will start between the pipes in Thursday's preseason matchup with the Penguins, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
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Heads into preseason as No. 2
GColumbus Blue Jackets
September 14, 2019
Merzlikins will begin the preseason as the Blue Jackets' No. 2 goaltender behind Joonas Korpisalo, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Secures one-year extension
GColumbus Blue Jackets
May 15, 2019
Merzlikins agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with Columbus on Wednesday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Inks entry-level deal
GColumbus Blue Jackets
March 20, 2019
Merzlikins signed a one-year, entry-level contract with Columbus on Wednesday.
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Not expected to leave Europe yet
GColumbus Blue Jackets
May 23, 2018
Merzlikins has one more season remaining on his contract with HC Lugano in the Swiss National League, and the club isn't expected to let him out of it so he can head to North America, Steve Gorten of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
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