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May 15, 2019, 1:00 pm

Blue Jackets sign Merzlikins to one-year NHL contract

Goaltender is presently musical performance for Latvia at the 2019 IIHF World Championships

Blue Jackets sign Merzlikins to one-year NHL contract
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have autographed goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to a one-year, one-way National Hockey League written agreement for the 2019-20 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen proclaimed today. Merzlikins, who is presently musical performance for Latvia at the 2019 IIHF World Championships, antecedently autographed a one-year written evidence flat written agreement with the club for the balance of the 2018-19 political campaign on March 20.

Merzlikins, 25, posted a 22-18-0 evidence with a 2.44 goals-against mean (GAA), .921 save percent (SV%) and a calling-high five shutouts in 43 games with Lugano of the Swiss National League (NLA) in 2018-19. He dressed the political campaign graded second-T in the conference in wins, third-T in shutouts, 4th in save percent and 8th in goals-against mean.

A autochthonal of Riga, Latvia, Merzlikins registered a 105-79-7 evidence with a 2.63 GAA, .920 SV% and 15 shutouts in 210 calling NLA games with Lugano. In 2017-18, he captured his second Jacques Plante Trophy as the conference's Goaltender of the Year after finishing third-T in the NLA in shutouts, 4th in wins and fifth in SV% with a 19-15-1 evidence , 2.72 GAA, .921 SV% and four shutouts in 40 contests. He won his first Jacques Plante Trophy in 2015-16 after leading the conference in saves (1,484) and ranking second in SV% and fifth in wins with a 23-13-4 evidence , 2.76 GAA, .922 SV% and a shutout in 44 contests.

The 6-3, 187-pound netminder has represented Latvia in several international tournaments. He was named a top three player for his country at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 IIHF World Championships. In the 2018 tournament, he posted a 1.50 GAA and .940 SV% in six contests. He was selected by the Blue Jackets in the third round, 76th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft.

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